‘The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine’ expansion wins Best RPG at the Game Awards 2016

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt may have been released last year, but its latest expansion Blood and Wine came out May of this year and managed to seal a victory for the “Best RPG” category at the Game Awards 2016. It was up against Dark Souls III, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, World of Warcraft: Legion, and Xenoblade Chronicles X. You can view the full list of winners at the Game Awards 2016 here.

All of the “Best RPG” nominees were sequels or expansions, which is a stark contrast to last year’s Game Awards that featured three out of five original games as nominees. Additionally, The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine serves as an unprecedented victory for expansion packs serving as winners for “Best RPG”. It is a lengthy and acclaimed expansion pack however, offering “over 30 hours of new adventures” with “overwhelmingly positive” ratings on Steam adding up to an overall 98% of 3,180 user reviews.

All that being said, there are many who were upset about the results of this year’s Game Awards. As I was browsing the “Hot” page of popular image-sharing site 9GAG, I came across a funny but poorly worded meme of Game Awards frustration, ending with the most anger toward The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine expansion winning over Dark Souls 3, a full game. While to some extent, I share the user’s sentiments, I think it is a disservice to refer to Blood and Wine as just “an expansion” when it offers over thirty hours of content and gleaming reviews from a reputable developer. There is a reason why Blood and Wine established a new precedent in the young Game Awards and I hope its win inspires developers to put just as much effort into their current games’ downloadable content as they put into their main games.

[Source: Polygon]

Written by Kara Ashbeck

Kara is your resident Indie game consumer who likes anime waifus and husbandos a little too much. She studies Screenwriting at Chapman University and aspires to write her own video games.

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