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The Witcher 3 and Bloodborne Shine in SXSW 2016 Gaming Awards

March 20, 2016Written by Zarmena Khan

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Winners of the SXSW 2016 Gaming Awards were announced yesterday, and among the winning titles (unsurprisingly) are CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and From Software’s Bloodborne. Other winners include Ready at Dawn’s The Order: 1886 and Pysonix’s Rocket League. Full list of nominees and winners in each category can be found below:

Game of the Year

Bloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment / From Software
Fallout 4 – Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain – Konami / Konami Digital Entertainment
WINNER – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED
Undertale – Toby Fox / Toby Fox

Excellence in Gameplay

Bloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment / FromSoftware
WINNER – Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain – Konami / Konami Digital Entertainment
Rocket League – Psyonix / Psyonix
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED
Undertale – Toby Fox / Toby Fox

Excellence in Art

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Ubisoft / Ubisoft Quebec
WINNER – Bloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment / FromSoftware
Ori & the Blind Forest – Microsoft Studios / Moon Studios
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED
Yoshi’s Woolly World – Nintendo / Good-Feel

Excellence in Animation

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Ubisoft / Ubisoft Quebec
Batman: Arkham Knight – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
Ori & the Blind Forest – Microsoft Studios / Moon Studios
WINNER – Rise of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics
The Order: 1886 – Sony Computer Entertainment / Ready at Dawn

Excellence in Technical Achievement

Fallout 4 – Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios
Just Cause 3 – Square Enix / Avalanche Studios
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain – Konami / Konami Digital Entertainment
WINNER – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED
Until Dawn – Sony Computer Entertainment / Supermassive Games

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – Sony Computer Entertainment / The Chinese Room
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics
Star Wars Battlefront – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
WINNER – The Order: 1886 – Sony Computer Entertainment / Ready at Dawn
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED

Excellence in Narrative

Her Story – Sam Barlow / Sam Barlow
Life Is Strange – Square Enix / Dontnod Entertainment
SOMA – Frictional Games / Frictional Games
Tales from the Borderlands – Telltale Games / Telltale Games
WINNER – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED

Excellence in Design

WINNER – Bloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment / FromSoftware
Fallout 4 – Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain – Konami / Konami Digital Entertainment
Rocket League – Psyonix / Psyonix
Super Mario Maker – Nintendo / Nintendo

Excellence in SFX

Bloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment / FromSoftware
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics
WINNER – Star Wars Battlefront – Electronic Arts / EA DICE
The Order: 1886 – Sony Computer Entertainment / Ready at Dawn
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege – Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal

Excellence in Musical Score

Crypt of the NecroDancer – Klei Entertainment / Brace Yourself Games
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – Sony Computer Entertainment / The Chinese Room
Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain – Konami / Konami Digital Entertainment
WINNER – Ori & the Blind Forest – Microsoft Studios / Moon Studios
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt / CD Projekt RED

Excellence in Multiplayer

Call of Duty: Black Ops III – Activision / Treyarch
Halo 5: Guardians – Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – Asteroid Base / Asteroid Base
WINNER – Rocket League – Psyonix / Psyonix
Splatoon – Nintendo / Nintendo

Excellence in Convergence

WINNER – Batman: Arkham Knight – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment / Rocksteady Studios
Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition – Disney Interactive Studios / Avalanche Software
Guitar Hero Live – Activision – FreeStyle Games
Rock Band 4 – Mad Catz / Harmonix
Star Wars Battlefront – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

Most Enduring Character

Geralt – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Hannah Smith – Her Story
Joker – Batman: Arkham Knight
WINNER – Lara Croft – Rise of the Tomb Raider
Ori – Ori & the Blind Forest

Most Fulfilling Crowdfunded Game

Broken Age – Double Fine Productions / Double Fine Productions
Kerbal Space Program – Squad / Squad
Kingdom Death: Monster – Kingdom Death
Pillars of Eternity – Paradox Interactive / Obsidian Entertainment
WINNER – Undertale – Toby Fox / Toby Fox

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Bloodborne – Sony Computer Entertainment / FromSoftware
Life Is Strange – Square Enix / Dontnod Entertainment
Ori & the Blind Forest – Microsoft Studios / Moon Studios
WINNER – Splatoon – Nintendo / Nintendo
Undertale – Toby Fox / Toby Fox

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Emily is Away – Kyle Seeley / Kyle Seeley
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment
Her Story – Sam Barlow / Sam Barlow
Life Is Strange – Square Enix / Dontnod Entertainment
WINNER – Undertale – Toby Fox / Toby Fox

Congrats to all the winners!

[Source: SXSW]