Red Dead Redemption 2 was recognized in a pair of Steam Awards during the 2020 round of voting. The critically acclaimed prequel to Rockstar's seminal cowboy romp already bagged a number of awards during its release year, and two more can be added to the list.
The Steam Awards were introduced in 2016, allowing users to nominate any game available on the storefront regardless of release year, allowing games that were launched earlier to be nominated as well. Red Dead Redemption 2 was originally launched on consoles in 2018 and ported to PC in 2019, but earned awards last year regardless.
Red Dead Redemption 2 snagged the coveted Game of the Year award from Hades, Doom Eternal, Fall Guys and Death Stranding, with the last being the only other game not launched in 2020. This is a pretty surprising result considering the widespread praise and attention these newer releases, but goes to show the impact Red Dead Redemption 2 continues to have.
Even more indicative is the fact that it scored another award as well - the Outstanding Story-Rich Game award went to RDR2 over Detroit: Become Human, Metro Exodus, Mafia Definitive Edition and Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition. In this bracket the result is less surprising - Metro Exodus and Mafia aren't exactly known for their stories and Detroit is highly controversial. Horizon Zero Dawn was the real competitor here.
It seems that despite some struggles Red Dead Online is facing with maintaining player numbers, Red Dead Redemption 2 and the emotional journey of Arthur Morgan has captured the hearts and minds of players globally and continues to assert its presence. Much like Rockstar Game's other major blockbuster hit, Grand Theft Auto 5, we suspect we'll be hearing a lot about Red Dead Redemption 2 for years to come.
Congratulations to the development team at Rockstar Games for receiving these well earned awards.