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Horizon, Zelda, and PUBG lead this year’s DICE Awards nominations

Horizon Zero Dawn, Breath of the Wild, and PUBG lead the nominees for the 21st DICE Awards.

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DICE Awards 2018

Horizon Zero Dawn, Breath of the Wild, and PUBG lead the nominees for the 21st DICE Awards.

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced the nominees for the 21st DICE Awards.

The games featured in main categories of this year’s awards are as familiar as you would expect. Breath of the Wild, PUBG, Super Mario Odyssey and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy all receive multiple nominations, and Horizon Zero Dawn gets a well-deserved nod in ten categories.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and What Remains for Edith Finch are both nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Story. Elsewhere, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle goes up against XCOM 2: War of the Chosen in the Strategy Game of the Year category. And Nintendo Switch launch title Snipperclips, and Jason Roberts’ wonderful Gorogoa, are both nominated for the DICE Sprite Award.

The winners will be revealed at the DICE Awards ceremony on February 22, 2018 in Las Vegas.This year’s ceremony will be co-hosted by Greg Miller, co-founder of Kinda Funny, and Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News.

Meggan Scavio, president of Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, said

“Congratulations to all the 2017 nominees – an amazing list of diverse experiences that really embody the creative ambitions and achievements that define our industry. 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.”

Here is the full list of nominees (prepare to scroll):

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

DICE 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

Phew, that’s a long list. Let’s hope the beer flows like wine on the night.

The ceremony will be live streamed from 8:00 pm PT/11:00 pm ET via the fine folks over at IGN Entertainment.


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