Without a doubt, E3 2018 contained its fair share of thrilling announcements and surprise reveals across all of the major platforms – PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, 4, and Xbox One alike all have exciting projects on the horizon. Now, the E3 Game Critics Award Nominees list has been revealed, but interestingly enough, it does not feature what was arguably the most talked about game during this year's expo.
Today, the 51 judging publications for the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2018 announced this year's nominees, which is comprised of 56 products, with winners to be announced on Monday, July 2. However, nowhere to be found on the list is CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077, with the title having been left off due to a technicality. As it so happens, in order to be eligible for nomination, games had to have been "hands-on playable" to voting publications for at least 5 minutes of gameplay during E3, with the studio having only shown off what it looks like being played.
Naturally, Cyberpunk 2077 wasn't the only game that was ineligible for nominations on the E3 Game Critics Awards list for 2018, as such highly coveted releases as Devil May Cry 5, Gears 5, and Ghost of Tsushima all only showed off gameplay as opposed to offering "hands-on playable" content at the expo. While the exclusion of these titles will surely be disappointing to some, those interested can still learn which of the qualified candidates made the cut for this year's E3 Game Critics Awards right here.
All things considered, Cyberpunk 2077 fans shouldn't worry about the title's exclusion from 2018's E3 Game Critics Awards Nominees list, especially since the project has still yet to even confirm an exact release date. CD Projekt Red has stated that it's aiming for a current-gen launch, but the studio isn't making promises, as it could still be years from now before the game is ready. At any rate, one can only hope that the Polish-based developer will provide some hands-on playable wares at next year's E3 expo to indicate its development is getting closer to completion.
Cyberpunk 2077 is currently in development for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, but has yet to receive an official release date.
Source: Game Critics Awards