There's been a bit of drama concerning The Game Awards 2021 over the past 24 hours-or-so, as Xbox fans have been gathering in their droves to criticise the decision not to include Forza Horizon 5 in the 'Game of the Year' category.
There are two Xbox Game Studios titles nominated for the award in Deathloop and Psychonauts 2, while Forza Horizon 5 is limited to the 'Best Audio Design', 'Innovation in Accessibility' and 'Best Sports/Racing' categories.
And as we mentioned previously, there's been plenty of disgruntlement:
Interestingly, Windows Central has highlighted that the reason Forza Horizon 5 potentially got overlooked for Game of the Year is because game journalists had to submit their picks by November 4th, with Forza Horizon 5's early access releasing the next day on November 5th. Journalists reportedly had up until November 11th to alter their ballots, however "this information [wasn't] highlighted clearly enough, and not enough time was given in general."
It's a bit of a mess, then. It's a shame Forza Horizon 5 isn't in the running for Game of the Year, but we're assuming it'll take the 'Best Sports/Racing' category at the very least, and we'd love to see Psychonauts 2 win the GOTY award!
Do you think Forza Horizon 5 should have been up for Game of the Year? Let us know in the comments.