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BAFTA announce British Academy Game Awards 2016 nominations

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture leads the British Academy Game Awards 2016 nominations with 10, closely followed by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with 8, and Her Story with 7.

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British Academy Game Awards 2016 nominees

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture by UK-based The Chinese Room leads the nominations for the British Academy Game Awards 2016, with a staggering 10 potential gongs, including performance nominations for both Merle Dandridge and Oliver Dimsdale, and of course, in the music category for Jessica Curry’s amazing score. In second place with 8 nominations is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt by CD Projekt Red, with indie upstart Her Story by Sam Barlow in third on 7.

Here’s the full list of multi-nominees:

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – 10
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – 8
  • Her Story – 7
  • Ori and the Blind Forest – 5
  • Batman: Arkham Knight – 5
  • Life is Strange – 5
  • Rocket League – 5
  • Until Dawn – 4
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 4
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – 3
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime – 3
  • Splatoon – 3
  • Fallout 4 – 2
  • Prison Architect – 2
  • Destiny: The Taken King – 2

It’s interesting to see a large number of indie or off-beat games doing well for nominations at this year’s BAFTAs, with the likes of Fallout 4, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Destiny: The Taken King far lower down the list. It’s also worth pointing out that Bloodborne, the PS4-exclusive smash hit of early 2015 only comes away with a single nomination, as does Xbox exclusive Halo V: Guardians, while its Microsoft-exclusive stable-mate Rise of the Tomb Raider failed to garner any nominations at all.

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Here’s the full list of the runners and riders at the British Academy Game Awards 2016, which will be held on April 7; good luck to everyone involved!

AMD eSports Audience Award in 2016 (public vote)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Hearthstone: Heroes Of Warcraft
League Of Legends
Dota 2
Smite
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3

Artistic Achievement in 2016

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Ori and the Blind Forest
Batman: Arkham Knight

Audio Achievement in 2016

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Batman: Arkham Knight
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Star Wars Battlefront

BAFTA Ones To Watch Award (in association with Dare to Be Digital in 2016)

The Wall Shall Stand – Edward Burton, Edward Grimes, Cameron Richards, Steven Sparkes
Selfienation – Cheri Skivington, Daniel Prihodko, Ricardo Barros, Zolton Tompa, Reka Lux, Hajnalka Szanto, Irina Kovalova
SUNDOWN – Steven Li, Aaron Hong, Mclean Goldwhite, Theodore Park, Kenny Regan, Cynthia Cantrell, Gracie May, Jade Kim

Best Game in 2016

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Life is Strange
Rocket League
Fallout 4

British Game in 2016

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Batman: Arkham Knight
Prison Architect
Tearaway Unfolded
Until Dawn
Her Story

Debut Game in 2016

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Her Story
Prune
Ori and the Blind Forest
Mini Metro
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Family in 2016

Disney Infinity 3.0: Play Without Limits
Guitar Hero: Live
Super Mario Maker
Rocket League
FIFA 16
LEGO Dimensions

Game Design in 2016

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Rocket League
Grow Home
Bloodborne
Her Story

Game Innovation in 2016

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Her Story
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Life is Strange
Until Dawn
Splatoon

Mobile & Handheld in 2016

Prune
Fallout Shelter
Lara Croft GO
Alphabear
Her Story
The Room Three

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Multiplayer in 2016

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
Destiny: The Taken King
World of Warships
Rocket League
Splatoon

Music in 2016

Batman: Arkham Knight
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
Halo V: Guardians
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Ori and the Blind Forest
Fallout 4

Original Property in 2016

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Ori and the Blind Forest
Life is Strange
Splatoon
Her Story
Until Dawn

Performer in 2016

Oliver Dimsdale – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (Stephen Appleton)
Merle Dandridge – Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (Kate Collins)
Mark Hamill – Batman: Arkham Knight (The Joker)
Ashly Burch – Life is Strange (Chloe Price)
Doug Cockle – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Witcher)
Masasa Moyo – Broken Age: Act 2 (Vella)

Persistent Game in 2016

Destiny: The Taken King
Final Fantasy XIV Online
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
LEGO Dimensions
Guitar Hero: Live
Prison Architect

Sport in 2016

Forza Motorsport 6
DiRT Rally
Football Manager
FIFA 16
Rocket League
PES 2016

Story in 2016

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
Her Story
Undertale
Until Dawn
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Life is Strange

 

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