19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Nominees Revealed: The Witcher 3, Tomb Raider Lead With 8 Nominations Each

January 13, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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Hosted by comedian Pete Holmes, the 19th annual D.I.C.E. Awards (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) will take place on Thursday, February 18 at the conclusion of the 2016 D.I.C.E. Summit.

During the ceremony, Satoru Iwata will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Hideo Kojima will be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

With winners chosen by members of the Academy, the nominees for the 19th annual D.I.C.E. Awards see The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Rise of the Tomb Raider leading with eight nominations, followed by Ori and the Blind Forest with six, and Fallout 4 with five.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Fallout 4
  • Life is Strange
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Life is Strange
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Action Game of the Year

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Helldivers
  • Just Cause 3
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Splatoon

Mobile Game of the Year

  • DomiNations
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Pac-Man 256
  • The Room Three

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

  • Her Story
  • Galak-Z
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Rocket League
  • Undertale

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Order: 1886

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Lara Croft GO
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Order: 1886
  • Star Wars Battlefront

Outstanding Achievement in Character

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Evie Frye
  • Her Story – Hannah Smith
  • Life is Strange – Maxine
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider – Lara Croft
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Geralt of Rivia

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Starcraft II: Legacy Of The Void
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • The Order: 1886

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Fallout 4
  • Her Story
  • Tales from the Borderlands
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Just Cause 3
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • The Order: 1886
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Family Game of the Year

  • Guitar Hero Live
  • LEGO Dimensions
  • Rock Band 4
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Tearaway Unfolded

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
  • Rising Thunder

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Motorsport 6
  • Need for Speed
  • Project CARS

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne
  • Fallout 4
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Undertale

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 2016
  • Madden NFL 2016
  • MLB 15 The Show
  • NBA 2K16
  • Rocket League

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Cities: Skylines
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Grey Goo
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Kerbal Space Program

Handheld Game of the Year

  • Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space
  • Helldivers
  • Pokemon: Super Mystery Dungeon
  • Yo-Kai Watch

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • Fallout 4
  • Her Story
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Massive Chalice
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

AIAS President Martin Rae said:

Looking at the nominees for the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, I am especially impressed by the broad range of titles catering to gamers’ increasingly sophisticated and diverse tastes. It is always gratifying to watch our industry and its many artists and craftsmen grow and continue to challenge and thrill audiences. February 18 will be another memorable celebration of the best in interactive entertainment bolstered by the playful humor of host Pete Holmes.

Who do you think will take home Game of the Year this time around? Last year, Dragon Age Inquisition won GOTY.

[Source: AIAS (1), (2), (3) via VG247]