‘PUBG’ takes Game of the Year, ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ studio a double winner

The Steam Awards 2018 are streamed via event portal Steam.TV. (AFP Relaxnews pic)

Released in 2017 to enormous success, “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” endured a year of steadily dwindling player numbers but still remains one of the most popular games available on PC store Steam, frequently seen among its top ten bestsellers and at the peak of its player-count charts.

Over Steam’s two-week year-end sale, members of the public voted “PUBG” 2018’s Game of the Year in a category whose other nominees were Grecian action-adventure “Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey,” medieval Czech role-player “Kingdom Come: Deliverance,” modern-day stealth challenge “Hitman 2” and fantasy creature combat title “Monster Hunter: World.”

At the same time, its victory highlights the absence of several notable 2018 releases.

In many ways, successive Battle Royale genre king “Fortnite” had an enormous impact on 2018, but was made available exclusively through its developer’s website and, therefore, was not part of the nomination or voting process on Steam.

Likewise Electronic Arts’ “FIFA 19” and Activision’s “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” and “Destiny 2: Forsaken.”

CD Projekt RED was the 2018 Steam Awards’ only double winner, after 2015 action adventure “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” received Best Environment, despite the three years of game releases that followed. The studio itself was voted Best Developer.

Part of that sentiment may be due to “Cyberpunk 2077,” a dystopian sci-fi role-playing game that promises new levels of immersion, wowing fans with a mid-year trailer. Indeed, half of CD Projekt RED’s response video related to the upcoming title.