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The Last of Us Part II, Hades, and Ghost of Tsushima lead GDC Awards nominees

The nominees for the 21st Annual Game Developers Choice Awards are announced.

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Game Developers Choice Awards
Game Developers Choice Awards

The nominees for the 21st Annual Game Developers Choice (GDC) Awards have been announced, with The Last of Us Part II, Hades, and Ghost of Tsushima recognised in multiple categories.

The GDC Awards would usually have been held by this point in the year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Game Developers Conference has been moved to summer. The GDC and IGF Awards have also been rescheduled and will take place on July 21, 2021.

This year’s lineup of nominees has a familiar feel about it, with Hades, The Last of Us Part II, and Ghost of Tsushima all receiving six nominations. All three titles are nominated in the Best Game category, along with Half Life: Alyx and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Digging deeper, it’s great to see games like Alba: A Wildlife Adventure and Paper Beast recognised. The Best Debut category is particularly strong, with Phasmophobia, Umurangi Generation, Carrion, Mortal Shell, and Raji: An Ancient Epic all going head-to-head, and all worthy winners.

Here’s the complete list of GDC Award-nominated games.

Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2021 – Nominees

Best Audio

  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Doom Eternal (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Final Fantasy VII: Remake (Square Enix)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Debut

  • Phasmophobia (Kinetic Games)
  • Umurangi Generation (Origame Digital / Playism, Origame Digital)
  • Carrion (Phobia Game Studio / Devolver Digital)
  • Mortal Shell (Cold Symmetry / Playstack)
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic (Nodding Heads Games / Super!Com)

Best Design

  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo EPD/ Nintendo)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)

Innovation Award

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Dreams (Media Molecule / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic / Devolver Digital)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)

Best Mobile Game

  • The Pathless (Giant Squid / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
  • Legends of Runeterra (Riot Games)
  • Alba: A Wildlife Adventure (ustwo / PID Publishing)
  • If Found… (Dreamfeel / Annapurna Interactive)

Best Narrative

  • Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition (Cardboard Computer / Annapurna Interactive)
  • Final Fantasy VII: Remake (Square Enix)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best Technology

  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • Dreams (Media Molecule / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio / Xbox Game Studios)

Best Visual Art

  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios / Xbox Game Studios / iam8bit)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)

Best VR/AR Game

  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (Skydance Interactive)
  • Paper Beast (Pixel Reef)
  • Dreams (Media Molecule / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • Star Wars: Squadrons (Motive Studios / Electronic Arts)

Game of the Year

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo EPD/ Nintendo)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve)
  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

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