Note, though that “art direction” does not mean “realism.” We’ll be frank and name-drop here: Days Gone may well have been the most expensive game that was made this year, in terms of the raw budget that was thrown into making the environments look as detailed and “real” as possible. Days Gone was never even in consideration for this award. You hang a nicely realistic picture of a stream or lake in your toilet. You go to an art gallery to see a Picasso. Realism is an inherently inferior form of art because it’s in abstraction that we get a sense of the artist’s creativity and thought. That’s what this award recognises at DDNet.
Stay tuned for the next award tomorrow!
– DDNet Team