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The finalists for the 2015 Develop Industry Excellence Awards have been revealed, with 137 companies and 47 games in contention.



Alien Isolation

The finalists for the 2015 Develop Industry Excellence Awards have been revealed, with 137 companies and 47 games in contention.

Creative Assembly is the most recognised developer with three nominations for Alien: Isolation and a nod in the In-House Studio category.

Ubisoft-owned Reflections has also garnered three nominations – two of which are for the charming breakout hit, Grow Home. Elsewhere Evolution Studios has picked up three nominations, including two for troubled PlayStation 4 racer Driveclub.


There is a new format for The Develop Awards this year with gongs split across three new categories: Creativity, Tech & Services and Studio.

The winners will be announced on July 15th at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton.

Develop Awards 2015: The Finalists


New Games IP – PC/console

  • Block N Load – Jagex Games Studio
  • Cities: Skylines– Colossal Order
  • Dying Light – Techland
  • Grow Home– Reflections, a Ubisoft Studio
  • I Am Bread – Bossa Studios
  • Life is Strange– Dontnod Entertainment
  • The Escapists– Mouldy Toof Studios
  • TerraTech– Payload Studios

New Games IP – Mobile

  • Plunder Pirates– Midoki
  • Boom Beach – Supercell
  • Best Fiends– Seriously
  • Heavenstrike Rivals– Mediatonic/Square Enix
  • Playworld Superheroes– Starship
  • World of Warriors – Candylabs, a Mind Candy studio
  • Size Does Matter– DOS Studios
  • King of Thieves– ZeptoLab UK

Use of a Licence or IP

  • Alien: Isolation– Creative Assembly
  • Angry Birds Transformers– Exient
  • Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Climax Studios
  • Disney Infinity 2.0: Guardians of the Galaxy playset– Studio Gobo
  • Forza Horizon 2– Playground Games
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions – Lucid Games
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham– TT Games
  • Talisman: Digital Edition – Nomad Games

Visual Arts

  • Alien: Isolation– Creative Assembly
  • Beseige– Spiderling Games
  • Driveclub– Evolution Studios
  • Elite: Dangerous– Frontier Developments
  • Grow Home– Reflections, a Ubisoft Studio
  • Grand Theft Auto V(PC) – Rockstar North
  • Lumino City– State of Play Games
  • Shards of War– Bigpoint

Audio Accomplishment

  • Alien: Isolation– Creative Assembly
  • Angry Birds Epic– Chimera Entertainment
  • Elite: Dangerous– Frontier Developments
  • Forza Horizon 2– Playground Games
  • The Sailor’s Dream– Simogo
  • Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey– Red Thread Games
  • Driveclub– Evolution Studios
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft Montpellier

Use of Narrative

  • 80 Days– Inkle Studios
  • Heavenstrike Rivals– Mediatonic/Square Enix
  • Life Is Strange– Dontnod Entertainment
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 – Sumo Digital
  • Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark– Italic Pig
  • Soul Axiom– Wales Interactive
  • Sunless Sea– Failbetter Games
  • Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft Montpellier

Tech & Services

Technology Provider

  • ARM
  • Dimensional Imaging
  • Imagination Technologies
  • Intel
  • Multiplay
  • Nvidia
  • Oculus VR
  • SoftLayer Technologies

Design & Creativity Tool

  • Enlighten 3 with Forge – Geomerics
  • Granite – Graphine Software
  • Havok Cloth – Havok
  • SpeedTree for Games – SpeedTree
  • Substance Designer 5 – Allegorithmic
  • Umbra –Umbra Software
  • Wwise – Audiokinetic
  • Yebis 3 – Silicon Studio

Production Tool

  • Deadline – Thinkbox Software
  • Fabric – Tazman Audio
  • GameBench – GameBench
  • GameSparks – GameSparks
  • Marmalade – Marmalade Technologies
  • Perforce – Perforce Software
  • Simplygon – Donya Labs
  • Shotgun 6 – Shotgun Software/Autodesk


  • ChilliSource – ChilliWorks
  • Construct 2 – Scirra
  • CryEngine – Crytek
  • GameGuru – The Game Creators
  • GameMaker – YoYo Games
  • PlayCanvas – PlayCanvas
  • Unity 5 – Unity Technologies
  • Unreal Engine 4 – Epic Games


  • Audiomotion
  • Carbon Digital
  • Cubic Motion
  • DeltaDNA
  • Pinewood Studios Group
  • Player Research
  • Soundcuts
  • Sperasoft

QA & Localisation

  • LocalizeDirect
  • Keywords Studios
  • OneSky
  • Pole To Win
  • Testology
  • Testronic
  • Universally Speaking
  • VMC

Creative Outsourcer  Visual & Development

  • Axis – Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thrones trailer
  • BlitWorks – Don’t Stave(PS Vita)
  • D3T – Super Stardust Ultra(PS4)
  • Just Add Water – Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
  • Realtime UK – Smitetrailer
  • Speech Graphics – Shadow of Mordor

Creative Outsourcer  Audio

  • 93 Steps – Wargaming trailers
  • Christopher Randle – LA Cops
  • OMUK – Tropico 5
  • SIDE – Alien: Isolation
  • Sounding Sweet – Forza Horizon 2
  • Stafford Bawler – Monument Valley: Forgotten Shores


  • Aardvark Swift
  • Amiqus
  • Avatar Games
  • Creative Personnel
  • Datascope
  • Guru Careers
  • OPM
  • SpecialMove


Publishing Hero

  • 505 Games
  • Chillingo
  • Curve Digital
  • Deep Silver
  • Greenshoots
  • Team17
  • SCEE Strategic Content
  • Square Enix

Micro Studio – Presented by Unity

  • Christian West
  • Guerilla Tea
  • Lamplight Studios
  • Mode7
  • Modern Dream
  • Mouldy Toof Studios
  • Roll7
  • Team Lumo

Independent Studio

  • 8-bit Studio
  • Amplitude Studios
  • Eight Pixels Square
  • Goodgame Studios
  • InnoGames
  • Lucid Games
  • Rebellion
  • Space Ape Games

In-House Studio

  • Candylabs, a Mind Candy studio
  • Creative Assembly
  • Evolution Studios
  • Reflections, a Ubisoft studio
  • Rockstar North
  • Sega Hardlight
  • Sports Interactive
  • Ubisoft BlueByte

New Studio

  • Deco Digital
  • Freejam
  • Payload Studios
  • Seriously
  • Starship
  • Team Junkfish

To find out more visit the Develop:Brighton website.

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