Metal Gear Solid V, The Witcher III Headline Nominees For GDC 2016 Awards

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Metal Gear Solid V, The Witcher III Headline Nominees For GDC 2016 Awards

Ahead of GDC 2016 (Game Developers Conference) taking place in March, the nominations spotlighting the very best releases of last year have emerged online and, as anticipated, it’s Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher III: Wild Hunt leading the pack with four nominations apiece.

They share a space in the coveted Game of the Year category along with Rocket League, Fallout 4 and From Software’s Victorian RPG Bloodborne, while there’s a slew of low-key gems that get their due – Undertale included.

As an event, GDC is traditionally known for producing much in terms of news – for comparison, Steam Link and Unreal Engine 4 were the scene-stealers last year – though GDC 2016 could act as the perfect platform for Sony and possibly Valve to finally unveil the asking price of their respective VR headsets. Blazing a path of its own, Oculus has already laid down the gauntlet with an asking price of $599 for the Rift, but will PSVR and/or Vive be priced higher or lower? Time will tell.

Set to take place on Wednesday, March 16, you can feast your eyes on the cream of the crop ahead of GDC 2016.

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 (Psyonix)
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 Montréal / 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)

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