Tonight, the DICE Awards 2018 are rolling out with industry bigwigs politely applauding every win. Horizon Zero Dawn led the award show's nominations in advance. But one award's applause tonight didn't go exactly as planned, and in fact, turned into awkward confusion.
No one was there to accept the award, as you can see above in the moment IGN captured. It was the award for Best RPG, awarded to Nier: Automata, the niche JRPG that landed on many game of the year lists—including ours. At DICE 2018, it seems no one from the team was around to accept the award. No one from Square Enix, nor PlatinumGames, nor the Emil head-donning Yoko Taro himself. The award's presenter, Capy Games President Nathan Vella, approached the microphone after prolonged waiting, saying that despite not being prepared, he'll accept the award on the team's behalf.
"[Nier: Automata is a] badass game and I'm glad to see it win an award," he said. Coincidentally, today is also the one-year anniversary of Nier: Automata. If there's one thing we can count on Yoko Taro showing up for this year, it'll be the Game Developer's Conference next month where he's scheduled to give a talk about the game. Glory to mankind.