This year had very few “I will eat my hat if they don’t win” games; at least half my list is “I don’t really expect this to win” and so it’s just gonna be luck of the draw. Plague Tale was definitely on that, but worked its way in due to multiple staff liking it.
For the record, my “I’ll eat my hat if these aren’t on the calendar” games are Apex Legends, Disco Elysium, Eliza, Noita, Outer Wilds, Streets of Rogue, and Wilmot’s Warehouse. And pretty much everyone else clued in to those, so as usual this will be decided by the non-obvious picks.
Also, I’m guessing they are repeating last year’s practice of revealing them from “least votes” to “most votes,” so A Plague Tale probably just squeaked into 24th place.
Definitely sounds like my type of game, but of course I’m drowning in games, particularly since the final moments of 2019 is Revival City (Shenmue 3! Phoenix Point! Mechwarrior 5! Other ones I’m forgetting!)