Academy says Rockstar declined to submit the game for consideration.
While Red Dead Redemption seems set to feature on most year-end lists – as we reported in Monday, it won the Game of the Year award at the weekend's Spike VGAs – it will not be lauded at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Video Games awards.
CVG discovered that Rockstar’s Western epic was not on any shortlists for the ceremony, and were told by a BAFTA spokesman that, while the game was eligible, Rockstar had “decided not to put the game forward for consideration.”
While no reason was given, a look at the BAFTA archives shows that despite cleaning up in the inaugural 2003 awards – Grand Theft Auto: Vice City won six of the eight categories in which it was nominated – Rockstar’s record since has been poor.
2004’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the best-selling PlayStation 2 game of all time, was nominated in five categories but failed to win any of them, and 2008’s Grand Theft Auto IV fared similarly, winning no awards despite securing seven nominations.
While Rockstar Games president Sam Houser and Leslie Benzies, president of Rockstar North were given the Special Award in the 2004 ceremony, in total the developer has received 16 nominations since 2004 without a single victory despite the commercial and critical acclaim lavished on its output. As such the decision not to submit Red Dead Redemption, which we awarded nine out of ten on its release earlier this year, for consideration is perhaps understandable. Rockstar were unavailable for comment this morning.
The 2011 BAFTA Video Games awards are sponsored by the retailer Game, and the ceremony will take place on March 16, 2011 in London.