Following weeks of discussion, voting, and anticipation, tonight saw the Game Awards event of 2020, hosted by Geoff Keighley in a remote setting for the first time yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show revealed new looks at plenty of popular titles including: Back 4 Blood, the next entry in the Dragon Age series, and Perfect Dark.
Throughout the event, a host of awards were given in various categories across the industry, all building to the final, most coveted award. After a long wait through a show of reveals and surprises, the 2020 Game of the Year has been declared in the concluding moments of the Game Awards presentation.
In a dramatic moment in the final moments of the show, Naughty Dog's award-winning The Last of Us: Part 2 was declared the Game of the Year 2020! In total, Naughty Dog took home seven of the ten awards they were nominated included including: Narrative, Game Direction, Action/Adventure game, Innovation in Accessibility, Audio Design, and Lauren Bailey took home, the best performance award for her role as the games secret second playable protagonist, Abby.
The title did, however, lose out on several of the awards including: art direction, score, while Ashley Johnston (Ellie) lost out on the best performance to her costar, Lauren Bailey.
A pre-recorded “Thank You” message from the games' producer, Neil Druckmann, thanked the team for their hard work and congratulated them all:
WHAT THIS MEANS
It's no surprise to see The Last of Us: Part 2 take home the Game of the Year award, while the title was met by a slew of controversy among fans, critics largely praised the title as a masterpiece. Back in 2013, the title's predecessor, The Last of Us, took home plenty of awards, including multiple game of the year awards across the industry.
Despite fan speculation, no confirmation was made during the event of any remastered version of the title in the same vein as the original title saw in 2014 when the PS4 consoles launched.
The Last of Us: Part 2 is available now on PS4 and PS5 via backwards compatibility.