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GDC Awards 2022: Deathloop, It Takes Two, Forza Horizon 5 lead in nominations

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The GDC Organizing Committee has announced the nominees for 22nd Annual Game Developers’ Choice Award, will be held on Wednesday, March 23 in conjunction with the Independent Game Festival (IGF) Awards Ceremony.

The developer-led nominations are Deathloop with a total of six, followed by It Takes Two with five and Forza Horizon 5 with four. All three have also been nominated for Game of the Year awards alongside Inscryption and Resident Evil Village.

Each year, the organizers also present three special awards: the Pioneer Award, the Audience Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Pioneer Award, formerly known as the First Penguin Award, honors individuals who have developed a groundbreaking technology, game concept, or gameplay design that paved the way for their followers. .

Previous winners include Roberta Williams, Jordan Mechner, David Braben, Ralph Baer, ​​Steve Russell, Yu Suzuki and Gabe Newell.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a developer’s career and achievements that have had an important impact on game development and games in general.

Previous winners include Amy Hennig, Tim Schafer, Todd Howard, Tim Sweeney, Hironobu, Sakaguchi, Ken Kutaragi, and Bioware Doctors Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk.

Audience Award winners are selected through a public vote from a list of finalists from every Main Category.

The full list of finalists and honorary nominations can be found below.

22nd Annual GDC Award Nominee

Game of the year

  • Coding (Game by Daniel Mullins / Devolver Digital)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Resident Evil Village (Capcom)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts)

Honorable mention: Halo Infinite (343 Industries / Xbox Game Studios), Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal / Square Enix), Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine / Xbox Game Studios), Chicory: A Colorful Tale (Chicory: A Colorful Tale Team / Finji ), Door of Death (Acid Nerve / Devolver Digital)

The best sound

  • Returnal (Housemarque / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Open the pack (Witch Beam / Humble)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal / Square Enix)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)

Honorable mention: Halo Infinite (343 Industries / Xbox Game Studios), It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts), Genesis Noir (Feral Cat Den / Fellow Traveler), Kid A Mnesia: Exhibition (Nice production option, Namethemachine / Epic Games ), Resident Evil Village (Capcom)

Best debut

  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Laboratories)
  • Valheim (Iron Gate Studio / Coffee Stain Publishing)
  • Wildermyth (Worldwalker Games / WhisperGames)
  • The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Sable (Shedworks / Raw Fury)

Honorable mention: Genesis Noir (Feral Cat Den / Fellow Traveler), ElecHead (Tsuyomi / NamaTakahashi), Unsighted (Studio Pixel Punk / Humble)

Best design

  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Halo Infinite (343 Industries / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Coding (Game by Daniel Mullins / Devolver Digital)

Honorable mention: Resident Evil Village (Capcom), Unlocked (Witch Beam / Humble), Door of Death (Acid Nerve, Devolver Digital), Loop Hero (Four Quarters, Devolver Digital)

Innovation Award

  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts)
  • Wildermyth (Worldwalker Games / WhisperGames)
  • Open the pack (Witch Beam / Humble)
  • Coding (Game by Daniel Mullins / Devolver Digital)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)

Honorable mention: Returnal (Housemarque / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Chicory: A Colorful Tale (Chicory: A Colorful Tale Team / Finji), Loop Hero (Four Quarters, Devolver Digital)

Best narration

  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Eidos Montreal / Square Enix)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Open the pack (Witch Beam / Humble)

Honorable mention: Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Lab), Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine / Square Enix), The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller / Dear Villagers), Inscryption (Daniel Mullins Games / Devolver Digital) , Wildermyth (Worldwalker Games / WhisperGames)

Social Impact Award

  • Before Your Eyes (GoodbyeWorld Games / Skybound Games)
  • It Takes Two (Hazelight Studios / Electronic Arts)
  • Life is Strange: True Colors (Deck Nine / Square Enix)
  • Boyfriend Dungeon (Kitfox Game)
  • Chicory: A Colorful Tale (Chicory: A Colorful Tale Team / Finji)

Honorable mention: Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)

The best technology

  • Halo Infinite (343 Industries / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Game / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Returnal (Housemarque / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Hitman 3 (IO Interactive)

Honorable mention: Battlefield 2042 (EA DICE / Electronic Arts), Resident Evil Village (Capcom)

The best visual arts

  • Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits (Ember Laboratories)
  • Deathloop (Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (Insomniac Game / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Psychonauts 2 (Double Fine / Xbox Game Studios)

Honorable mention: The Artful Escape (Beethoven & Dinosaur / Annapurna Interactive), Resident Evil Village (Capcom), Genesis Noir (Feral Cat Den / Fellow Traveler), Returnal (Housemarque / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Sable (Shedworks / Raw Fury)

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