Why Elden Ring May Win Most Anticipated Game Award 3 Years In A Row
Elden Ring was delayed already into into February 2022, so players shouldn’t be surprised if it gets further delays and ends up with a TGA trilogy.
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For two years in a row, Elden Ring has won The Game Awards’ most anticipated title of the year. Ongoing factors contributed to it beating all the other contenders in 2021, four of which were also eligible for the award last year. Hopefully, this news means the game will come out when planned, but recent information confirmed Elden Ring was delayed another month into February, so players shouldn’t be surprised if it gets further delays in early 2022.
The Game Awards 2020’s most anticipated games were God of War’s sequel, Halo Infinite, Horizon Forbidden West, Resident Evil Village, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild’s sequel, and Elden Ring. All of those games – except Halo Infinite and Resident Evil Village – made their way back into The Game Awards 2021’s most anticipated list. It says a lot about the anticipation for Elden Ring that it was able to win two years in a row against some of the gaming industry’s most well-liked series. However, with that has been both excitement and frustration; players are ready to dive into Elden Ring’s beautiful looking world, but the setbacks haven’t been favorable either.
Two main factors have contributed to Elden Ring’s continued winning of TGA’s most anticipated game of the year award: the build-up content and the pandemic. Since E3 2019, Elden Ring has teased very little content and built-up excitement, but 2019 also marked the beginning of Covid-19 outbreaks, which threw many studios a curveball in development. Although it’s been a period of innovation in the workplace, Elden Ring has held onto that anticipation because its content – and FromSoftware’s established pedigree – has fans excited for what’s to come.
Reveals & Setbacks Contributed To Elden Ring’s Two-Time Win
Dark Souls 3 hit the market in 2016, so it’s been a while since a Soulsborne game brought brand-new content similar to Dark Souls’ release. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice did come out in 2019, but it had significant differences from the other games. Elden Ring won’t be connected to the Dark Souls narrative, but it has many similarities to it. While players can go back and beat every Soulsborne game to get ready for Elden Ring, many gamers are set on only playing the upcoming title because of the intriguing teaser trailers and early gameplay tests. Since the initial reveal at E3 in 2019, Elden Ring appears to inhabit many of the elements players enjoy in a modern RPG title: beautiful visuals, an interactive open world stuffed with lore, epic fighting systems, and intricate classes that have powerful gear. Elden Ring’s content has been the biggest appeal for anticipation, but it’s not the only aspect.
Covid-19 has posed difficulties for many game developing teams, especially bigger companies that transitioned to working remotely while creating massive projects, and Elden Ring was one of those for From Software. Many thought the game would launch sometime in 2021, which is why it won 2020’s most anticipated game, but the pandemic created setbacks and pushed it to a 2022 release date. Having the game confirmation date move to the beginning of the new year continued that anticipation in the minds of those who pre-ordered the game and followed its news, trailers, and beta tests throughout 2021.
Elden Ring proved it was TGA’s most anticipated title twice running. Out of all the heavy hitters on the list, it showed the most promise for this coming year. Hopefully, Elden Ring receives different praise at The Game Awards 2022 (maybe even Game of The Year) as a sign of its successful launch and ability to live up to the hype – but if it gets delayed again, it might set a new kind of record.