Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption WILL be in the running for a coveted BAFTA gong after all - even though the publisher has declined the chance to be nominated in other categories at this year's awards ceremony.
The stunning open world shooter has bagged a spot on the shortlist for the publicly voted GAME trophy at this year's British Academy Video Games Awards.
However, it will be up against some stiff competition - including Sony's Heavy Rain, Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy 2, Activision's Call Of Duty: Black Ops and Microsoft's Halo: Reach.
Ten nominations for the prize were revealed by TV presenter Michael Underwood at BAFTA HQ this morning. To cast your vote, visit the BAFTA site.
Last year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 won the award after over 65,000 people voted for their favourite title of the year.
Neil Ashurst, head of UK PR for GAME continued commented:
"Our panel of experts have created a fantastic shortlist of the year's top titles. We encourage everyone who enjoys playing games to vote for their favourite to win our award at this year's GAME BAFTAs.
"This is the only award where the public have the chance to crown the best game of 2010. There is no foregone conclusion as you have all the power."
The winner will be announced at the GAME British Academy Video Games Awards on Wednesday March 16 at The London Hilton, Park Lane. It will be hosted for the third consecutive year by comedian Dara O'Briain.
BAFTA will announce the full nominations for other awards on Wednesday next week (February 16).
The complete list of nominees for the BAFTA 'people's choice' GAME award are:
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Activision/Treyarch)
Dance Central (Microsoft/MTV Games/Harmonix)
FIFA 11 (EA Sports)
Halo Reach (Microsoft/Bungie)
Microsoft Games Studios/Bungie
Heavy Rain (Sony/Quantic Dream)
Limbo (Xbox Live/Playdead Games)
Mass Effect 2 (EA/BioWare)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (EA/Criterion)
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Nintendo)