GDC Awards Nominees Revealed: The Witcher 3, Rocket League & More up for Game of the Year

January 8, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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The nominees for the 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards have been revealed, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain lead the way with four nominations each.

The “leading peer-based video game event celebrating the industry’s top games and developers,” the 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards will take place on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30pm PT at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2016 Game Developers Conference. You’ll be able to watch the event live on Twitch, with developer Robin Hunicke, co-founder of Funomena (Wattam), hosting.

Any video game released and made publicly available during 2015 is eligible for nomination. The winners will be selected by the Game Developers Choice Awards-specific International Choice Awards Network (ICAN), “which is an invitation-only organization, comprised of leading game creators from all parts of the industry.”

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Game of the Year

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
  • Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
  • Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)

Innovation Award

  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)
  • The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)

Best Debut

  • Studio Wildcard (ARK: Survival Evolved)
  • Toby Fox (Undertale)
  • Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)
  • Moppin (Downwell)
  • Steel Crate Games (Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes)

Best Design

  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
  • Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/ Bethesda Softworks)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Lara Croft: GO (Square Enix Montréal / Square Enix)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • AlphaBear (Spry Fox)

Best Visual Art

  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
  • Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Best Narrative

  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
  • Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)

Best Audio

  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Best Technology

  • Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
  • The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
  • Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios / Square Enix)

The Pioneer, Ambassador, and Life Achievement awards will also be given out during the GDC Awards.

GDC 2016 takes place from March 14 – 18 in San Francisco.

[Source: GDC]