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The 2017 Develop Awards recognise the achievements of Guerrilla Games and Rocksteady Studios.

This week, the seaside town of Brighton was home to Develop:Brighton, the UK’s leading game development conference. Following three days of learning, networking and – based on what we witnessed – some serious socialising, the achievements of studios large and small were recognised at Wednesday’s Develop Awards.

Amsterdam-based Guerrilla Games took home the prestigious Studio of the Year award for their work on the wonderful Horizon: Zero Dawn, as well as the gong for Animation. Rocksteady Studios also won two awards, with Batman Arkham VR recognised for its achievements in Visual Design and Music Design.

Ghost Town Games picked up the Best New Games IP award for Overcooked, and Yooka-Laylee creators Playtonic Games received the award for best New Studio.

Curve Digital – who have published a string of indie hits, including Thomas Was Alone, The Swindle, OlliOlli and Hue – received the Publishing Hero award.

Also in attendance were Brenda and John Romero, who – following their earlier key notes – were presented as this year’s Development Legends.

Here is the full list of winners:

Develop Awards 2017 – Winners

Creative Achievement

New Games IP 
Overcooked – Ghost Town Games

Horizon Zero Dawn – Guerrilla Games

Visual Design 
Batman Arkham VR – Rocksteady Studios

Music Design
Total War Warhammer – Creative Assembly

Sound Design
Batman Arkham VR – Rocksteady Studios

Best Writing
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine – CD Projekt Red

Best Performance 
Larry Fessenden (Until Dawn: Rush of Blood) – Supermassive Games

Publishing Hero
Curve Digital

Micro/Start Up Studio
Fiddlesticks Games

Independent Studio 
Playground Games

In-House Studio 
Creative Assembly

New Studio 
Playtonic Games

Specialist Contribution

Creative Outsourcer: Visual & Development
Lost (Amazon Lumberyard) – Realtime UK

Design & Creativity Tool
Gamemaker Studio – YoYo Games

Tools Provider – Production
Popcorn FX – Persistent Studios

Epic Games – Unreal Engine

Audiomotion Studios

QA & Localisation
Universally Speaking

Aardvark Swift

Creative Outsourcer: Audio
Soundcuts Ltd – Sunless Sea (Failbetter Games)

Technology Provider

Special Awards

Outstanding Contribution to Education
Abertay University

Studio of the Year
Guerrilla Games

Development Legends
Brenda and John Romero

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