PlayerUnknown says “there have been far better games” this year.
Speaking to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds creative director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, I asked what he thought of Early Access games like PUBG being considered for Game of the Year awards, and he somewhat surprisingly told me “Personally, I don’t want to win a Game of the Year award.”
“While I would love to win it for the team, I think this year there have been far better games.” Greene specifically called out The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon: Zero Dawn as “masterpieces of game design and storytelling.”
“They’re just wonderful, wonderful games… I think they will probably win it. I would hope they would win it.” Greene said the award “would be a nice feather in their cap” for the PUBG Corp. team, but reiterated “I don’t know if we deserve it.”
PUBG Corp. CEO C.H. Kim said “We’re really not interested in” whether they deserve awards or not, and are instead focused on “bringing the best gameplay to [Xbox Game Preview] and the PC version.”
Kim followed-up by saying that Early Access shouldn’t matter when judging game for awards, and that you should “just look at the game itself,” not the label it has. Kim explained that “once the 1.0 version comes out, we’re going to continually upgrade the game going forward. We’re not going to stop there.”
The full PC release of PUBG is still scheduled for this year. Kim also revealed that PUBG has now sold over 18 million copies, which will surely go up when it launches on Xbox in December. Additionally, Greene dismissed accusations of unfair bans, saying “We’ve never banned anyone for honking at a streamer.”
Tom Marks is an Associate Editor focusing on PC gaming at IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.