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The Witcher 3 and Her Story triumph at the Game Developers Choice and IGF Awards

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Her Story take the top prizes at the annual Game Developers Choice and IGF Awards.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Her Story take the top prizes at the annual Game Developers Choice and IGF Awards.

The ceremony – held as part of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco – saw attendees celebrate the technological and artistic achievements of games large and small.

Sam Barlow’s Her Story took home the prestigious Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Game Festival Awards and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt won the Game Developers Choice, Game of the Year award.

Her Story was the big winner of the night, also taking home the IGF Excellence in Narrative award and the Game Developers Choice awards for Innovation, Best Narrative and Best Handheld/Mobile game.

Other IGF winners on the night included Undertale, Mini Metro and Oxenfree. This year’s Nuovo award recipient – which celebrates experimental game design – was Star Maid Games’ Cibile.

The winners in full:

Game Developers Choice Awards nominees and winners

Game of the Year

Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Rocket League (Psyonix)

Innovation Award

Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo)
Undertale (Toby Fox)
Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)
The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)

Best Debut

Studio Wildcard (ARK: Survival Evolved)
Toby Fox (Undertale)
Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)
Moppin (Downwell)
Steel Crate Games (Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes)

Best Design

Rocket League (Phoenix)
Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/ Bethesda Softworks)
Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

Lara Croft: GO (Square Enix Montreal / Square Enix)
Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
Her Story (Sam Barlow)
AlphaBear (Spry Fox)

Best Visual Art

Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Best Narrative

Her Story (Sam Barlow)
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
Undertale (Toby Fox)
The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)

Best Audio

Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Best Technology

Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios / Square Enix)

Ambassador Award

Tracy Fullerton

Life Time Achievement Award

Todd Howard

Pioneer Award

Markus ‘Notch’ Persson

Audience Award

Life is Strange

Independent Games Festival Awards nominees and winners

Seumas McNally Grand Prize

Darkest Dungeon
Her Story
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Mini Metro
Superhot
Undertale

Excellence in Visual Art:

Armello
Darkest Dungeon
Gnog
Mini Metro
Oxenfree
Panoramical

Excellence in Design

Her Story
Infinifactory
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Kingdom
Mini Metro
Superhot

Excellence in Audio

Darkest Dungeon
Lumini
Mini Metro
Panoramical
That Dragon, Cancer
Undertale

Excellence in Narrative

Black Closet
Her Story
That Dragon, Cancer
The Beginner’s Guide
The Magic Circle
Undertale

Nuovo Award

Cibele
Fantastic Contraption
Her Story
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
orchids to dusk
Panoramical
Progress
The Beginner’s Guide

Best Student Game

Ape Out
Beglitched
Chambara
Circa Infinity
orchids to dusk
Pitfall Planet

Audience Award

Undertale

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