Game Infarcer: Horizon Forbidden West nominated for Game of the Week Awards

To enhance his awards show, host Geoff Keighley announced a bold new category for The Game Awards 2022: The Game of the Week Awards.

“This prestigious award recognizes outstanding work that pushes the boundaries of game design and captures the collective attention and imagination of players for up to seven days,” explains Keighley.

Horizon Forbidden West from Guerilla Games received the first nomination. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed Aloy’s 2017 adventure took the gaming world by storm, until it suddenly wasn’t, thanks to Elden Ring — a game hailed as the best game ever in history — that stole it The limelight (chin) a week later.

While it’s a seemingly logical nomination, and the award is still months away, that hasn’t stopped journalists and influencers from weighing whether Horizon deserves the honor and speculating that others might contend with it ‘s title.

“I think it’s worth it,” critic Josh Pardue said. “Before Elden Ring, I really enjoyed roaming the majestic view of the Forbidden City on top of my robot horse. Now I just think of From Software’s masterpiece. I still love Horizon, but now I can’t help but wonder why My robotic horse can’t double jump either. Shouldn’t it have rocket hooves or something?”

“Well, no one can save the world, anyone?” Twitter Twitch streamer ChristiePlayz. “That game was mind blowing, and it was completely buried under Xbox’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of a questionable publisher in less than an hour of the spotlight. No one deserves to win this award.”

Meanwhile, From Software mastermind Hidetaka Miyazaki quietly congratulated Guerilla Games on Twitter, tweeting a winking emoji accompanied by a photo of him posing with a suspicious GOTY-shaped gift-wrapped object.

Game of the Week isn’t the only premature nomination that Guerilla can brag about. The entire company is also the first studio to be nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award for helping launch two of the greatest games of all time: Elden Ring and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.