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Nominees for the 21st D.I.C.E. Awards Announced by AIAS


Nominees for the 21st D.I.C.E. Awards Announced by AIAS

HORIZON ZERO DAWN LEADS WITH TEN NOMINATIONS FOR THE 21ST D.I.C.E. AWARDS

Annual Video Game Awards Show Live Streamed by IGN Entertainment

LOS ANGELES – January 12, 2018 - The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is pleased to announce the nominees for its 21st D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards), co-hosted by Greg Miller, co-founder of internet video show and podcast Kinda Funny, and Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News. Academy members will begin general voting for the video game industry’s premier peer-based awards show on Friday, Jan. 12th at 5:00 PM PST.

The winners will be revealed at the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 22nd in Las Vegas as the culmination of the week-long industry gathering at the 2018 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE18). The ceremony will once again be live streamed in its entirety beginning at 8:00 pm PT/11:00 pm ET via media partner IGN Entertainment.

“Congratulations to all the 2017 nominees – an amazing list of diverse experiences that really embody the creative ambitions and achievements that define our industry,” said Meggan Scavio, President, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “I want to thank our passionate jury panelists that dedicate their time and expertise to drive our peer process and distinguish the best of the best in interactive entertainment.”

Sixty-eight of the most exciting games from 2017 received a nomination.  Horizon Zero Dawn leads the group with 10 total nominations.  Several games received multiple nods, including: The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild with 6 nominations; Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Cuphead with 5 nominations; and Gorogoa, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, Super Mario Odyssey which received 4 nominations each. Nominees for the evening’s top prize, Game of the Year, are: Cuphead; Horizon Zero Dawn; PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS; Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The following is the full list of nominees: http://www.interactive.org/images/awards/21st-Annual-DICE-Awards-Finalists.pdf

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Cuphead
For Honor
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Horizon Zero Dawn
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Cuphead
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Horizon Zero Dawn
Little Nightmares
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding Achievement in Character
Assassin's Creed Origins - Bayek
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice - Senua
Horizon Zero Dawn - Aloy
Star Wars Battlefront II - Iden Versio
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Chloe Fraiser

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Call of Duty: WWII
Cuphead
Horizon Zero Dawn
RiME
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Destiny 2
Injustice 2
Star Wars Battlefront II
Super Mario Odyssey
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Outstanding Achievement in Story
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Horizon Zero Dawn
Night in the Woods
What Remains of Edith Finch
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Outstanding Technical Achievement
Assassin's Creed Origins
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Horizon Zero Dawn
Lone Echo/Echo Arena
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Action Game of the Year
Call of Duty: WWII
Cuphead
Destiny 2
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Adventure Game of the Year
Assassin's Creed Origins
Horizon Zero Dawn
Super Mario Odyssey
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Family Game of the Year
DropMix
GNOG
Just Dance 2018
SingStar Celebration
Snipperclips

Fighting Game of the Year
ARMS
Injustice 2
Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
Nidhogg 2
Tekken 7

Racing Game of the Year
DiRT 4
Forza Motorsport 7
Gran Turismo Sport
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Project CARS 2

Role-Playing Game of the Year
Divinity: Original Sin 2
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
NieR:Automata
Persona 5
Torment: Tides of Numenera

Sports Game of the Year
Everybody's Golf
FIFA 18
Golf Clash
Madden NFL 18
MLB The Show 17

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Endless Space 2
Halo Wars 2
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
Total War: Warhammer II
XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement
Lone Echo/Echo Arena
Robo Recall
Star Trek Bridge Crew
The Invisible Hours
Wilson's Heart

Immersive Reality Game of the Year
Lone Echo/Echo Arena
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
Robo Recall
Space Pirate Trainer
Wilson's Heart

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award
Everything
Gorogoa
Night in the Woods
Pyre
Snipperclips

Handheld Game of the Year
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Metroid: Samus Returns
Monster Hunter Stories

Mobile Game of the Year
Cat Quest
Fire Emblem Heroes
Gorogoa
Monument Valley 2
Splitter Critters

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay
Call of Duty: WWII
Destiny 2
Fortnite
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Gorogoa
Horizon Zero Dawn
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
Super Mario Odyssey
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Gorogoa
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
What Remains of Edith Finch

Game of the Year
Cuphead
Horizon Zero Dawn
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
Super Mario Odyssey
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Academy’s 30K+ members, comprised of the interactive publishing and development communities, recognize excellence in 24 different interactive game categories in one of the highest forms of recognition in the industry. Titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s peer panels to determine final nominees. These panels, one for each award category, are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented men and women who are experts in their chosen fields. Winners are determined as part of a confidential voting process and will be revealed on the evening of the show. A list of all the peer panelists can be found here.

AIAS Announces 20th D.I.C.E. Awards


Press Release

AIAS Announces 20th D.I.C.E. Awards

20th D.I.C.E. Awards Honors Best in Interactive Entertainment

Overwatch Wins Game of the Year

LAS VEGAS – Feb. 23, 2017 – Celebrating its 20th year of honoring the industry’s top games, The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), the non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts representing its 33,000+ membership base, is pleased to announce the recipients of the D.I.C.E. Awards for the best games from 2016. Earning Game of the Year was Overwatch by Blizzard Entertainment, which challenges players to join the ranks of a legendary force of soldiers, scientists, adventurers and oddities, and clash on the battlefields of a near-future Earth. The awards were unveiled at the annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, held at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas earlier this evening.

The AIAS membership honored games in 24 award categories, including Overwatch and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which received four awards each. INSIDE won three awards, including the D.I.C.E. Sprite Award, which recognizes a game with limited resources for development and exposure (as compared to AAA titles). Other top honorees were Pokémon GO for Mobile Game of the Year, Steep for Game of the Year, Street Fighter V for Fighting Game of the Year and Dark Souls III for RPG/MMO Game of the Year. Winners for newly added awards that recognized achievement and innovation in virtual reality and augmented reality games, included SUPERHOT VR for Immersive Reality Game of the Year and Eagle Flight for Immersive Reality Technical Achievement.

“For the past 20 years, the D.I.C.E. Awards have been bringing together the most talented, innovative and inspiring minds in interactive entertainment to recognize and celebrate the industry’s most outstanding achievements,” said Mike Fischer, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “We’re thrilled to congratulate all of this year’s award winners whose incredible games have amazed and entertained fans worldwide, and are truly an inspiration to us all.”

In addition to the awards for the industry’s best games and creators from the previous year, the D.I.C.E. Awards also honored Todd Howard, Executive Producer and Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, as the 22nd inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have been instrumental in the development of highly influential games. Howard was recognized for having created some of the industry’s most successful games by pioneering open-world gameplay, and played a key role in the creative direction and growth of highly-regarded franchises, including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Both are known for their experiential approach to world-building and storytelling, and have earning multiple D.I.C.E. Awards throughout the years.

The 20th annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, which was co-hosted by Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News and Kinda Funny co-founder Greg Miller, was the culmination of the annual three-day D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2017), which is known for drawing many of the interactive entertainment industry’s most respected and influential leaders, decision makers and visionaries.

The complete list of winners includes:

Game of the Year
Overwatch
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
INSIDE
  • Publisher: Playdead
  • Developer: Playdead

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Overwatch
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement
Eagle Flight
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: FunHouse

Immersive Reality Game of the Year
SUPERHOT VR
  • Publisher: SUPERHOT Sp. z o.o.
  • Developer: SUPERHOT Sp. z o.o.

Mobile Game of the Year
Pokémon GO
  • Publisher: Niantic Labs
  • Developer: Niantic Labs

Handheld Game of the Year
Pokémon Sun and Moon
  • Publisher: The Pokémon Company
  • Developer: Game Freak

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award
INSIDE
  • Publisher: Playdead
  • Developer: Playdead

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay
Overwatch
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Firaxis Games

Sports Game of the Year
Steep
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Developer: Ubisoft Annecy

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year
Dark Souls III
  • Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
  • Developer: FromSoftware, Inc.

Racing Game of the Year
Forza Horizon 3
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Developer: Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios

Fighting Game of the Year
Street Fighter V
  • Publisher: Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
  • Developer: Capcom

Family Game of the Year
Ratchet & Clank
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Insomniac Games

Adventure Game of the Year
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog

Action Game of the Year
Overwatch
  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Outstanding Technical Achievement
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Story
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Battlefield 1
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Developer: EA Dice

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
DOOM
  • Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
  • Developer: id Software

Outstanding Achievement in Character
The Last Guardian - Trico
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: JAPAN Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
INSIDE
  • Publisher: Playdead
  • Developer: Playdead

Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog

Since 1996, the D.I.C.E. Awards have recognized outstanding games, individuals and development teams that push the boundaries of technology, creativity and artistic expression in the worldwide interactive entertainment industry. Titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s Peer Panels. The panels are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented professionals. Each panel is responsible for evaluating one award category. D.I.C.E. Awards recipients are determined by a vote of qualified AIAS members. Award voting is confidential, conducted online and supervised and certified by VoteNet Solutions, Inc. The integrity of the system, coupled with a broad-based voting population of AIAS members, makes the D.I.C.E. Awards the most credible, respected and recognized awards for interactive entertainment software.

The 20th D.I.C.E. Awards was produced by the AIAS, and will be available to watch in-full at https://www.youtube.com/user/AcademyIAS.


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