No, we were all aware its inclusion was in the rules, at least before the end; I am sure there was some intertia in not wanting to go back and edit our picks. It’s more that this year I was more optimistic than cynical in my picks, and I’ve always been bothered by games that win because everyone played them and threw in a few points. The four writeups of Cyberpun 2077 are all qualified with “I love this aspect even though X and Y are crap,” and that’s a totally legit reason to enjoy the games, but what about the games where people went “this entire thing is 100% lovely?”
The answer is some combination of a) those games were played by 1 person, and b) there is something to be said for ambition. But it’s mostly the former.
Anyway, BECAUSE Cyberpunk will be eligible in 2021, and BECAUSE it will be a better game then, I figured they wouldn’t knock another pick out for it. More the fool me. I suppose the question ultimately is what got knocked out in favor of it - and if it’s a super lovely indie game like Signs of the Sojourner or something, I’ll die a little inside (SORRY GRAHAM I LIKE YOU). So hopefully it was Doom Eternal or AC: Valhalla or Watch Dogs Legion or something.
To be clear, I expect if I played Cyberpunk today I’d mostly enjoy it, just like the staff did, while being annoyed at various features (bad RPG systems and whatnot).