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The Game Awards Show: Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War show power of long development cycles

The Game Awards released their nominations today in advance for the best games of 2018 of its December 6 show. Sony’s God of War and Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 turned up with eight nominations each. Both games are nominated for GOTY, alongside four other titles. Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (4 nominations), the indie title Celeste (4 nominations) from Matt Makes Games, Marvel’s Spider-Man (7 nominations) from Insomniac, and Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World (4 nominations).

It isn’t surprising at all that God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 are on the list. It just shows the power of long development cycles with huge teams. God of War took 7 years to make, and Red Dead Redemption 2 took about 8 years. Rockstar credited around 3,000 people for contributing to the game. Just a few weeks after release, Red Dead Redemption 2 has already shipped 17 million copies to the retailers.

Other nominees include Epic Games’ Fortnite (4), Treyarch’s COD: Black Ops 4 (3), Bungie’s Destiny 2: Forsaken (3), and Detroit: Become Human (3) from Quantic Dream. In a recent interview, show host Geoff Keighley said that the show has a budget in the millions of dollars, had 18 million viewers last year, and will be streamed live across 40 global video networks this year.

Nominated content creators include companies like Ninja Pokimane, Dr. Lupo, Myth, and Willyrex. Also, GamesBeat participated as one of the 68 nominating media outlets. We had a tough time deciding, but God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 stood out of all the games. For me, it will be difficult choosing between those two in my personal favorites for the year.

Fans are able to vote on all of the awards on Discord servers, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. Voting is open from now until Dec 5.

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