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

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.


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