GDC 2017 Choice Awards Nominees Revealed: Inside, Overwatch & Uncharted 4 up for GOTY

January 4, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

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Hosted by Double Fine’s Tim Schafer, the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards will take place on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2017 Game Developers Conference. If you can’t attend GDC 2017, the awards show will be livestreamed on Twitch.

The nominees were revealed today, and Playdead’s Inside received six nominations, Overwatch and Firewatch tied with five nominations each, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is nominated in four different categories. All four of these games, as well as Dishonored 2, are up for Game of the Year.

Here’s the full list of nominees for the GDC 2017 Choice Awards:

Best Audio

  • Battlefield 1 (EA DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • Thumper (Drool)
  • DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Best Debut

  • Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter)
  • Campo Santo (Firewatch)
  • ConcernedApe (Stardew Valley)
  • Drool (Thumper)
  • Night School Studio (Oxenfree)

Best Design

  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Witness (Thekla)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)

Best Mobile/Handheld Game

  • Super Mario Run (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Clash Royale (Supercell)
  • Pokémon Go (Niantic)
  • Reigns (Nerial/Devolver Digital)
  • Pokémon Sun/Moon (Game Freak/The Pokémon Company)

Innovation Award

  • The Witness (Thekla)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)

Best Narrative

  • The Last Guardian (Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic)

Best Technology

  • Battlefield 1 (EA DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • DOOM (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Visual Art

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic)
  • The Last Guardian (Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Inside (Playdead)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Rez Infinite (Monstars/Enhance Games)
  • Superhot VR (Superhot Team)
  • Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Pokémon Go (Niantic)
  • Fantastic Contraption (Radial Games/Northway Games)

Game of the Year

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo/Panic)

Any game released and made publicly available during 2016 was eligible for nomination in the 2017 Game Developers Choice Awards. Winners will be chosen 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.

The Audience Award category will open for online voting later this month. The recipients of the Pioneer, Ambassador, and Lifetime Achievement awards will be announced in the near future.

Last year’s Game of the Year winner was The Witcher 3.

Who do you think will take home GOTY this time around?

[Source: GDC]