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Austin, TX (February 14, 2017) / NAVGTR CORP. — The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers, a non-profit media organization, has announced nominations for its 16th annual awards program honoring video game art, technology, and production.

GAME OF THE YEAR
Dark Souls III
Inside
Overwatch
Pokemon Go
Stardew Valley
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

ANIMATION, ARTISTIC
Abzu
Dishonored 2
Far Cry Primal
Inside
The Last Guardian

ANIMATION, TECHNICAL
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Gears of War 4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

ART DIRECTION, PERIOD INFLUENCE
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India
The Banner Saga 2
Dishonored 2
Far Cry Primal
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine

ART DIRECTION, FANTASY
Darkest Dungeon
Final Fantasy XV
The Last Guardian
Owlboy
Titanfall 2

ART DIRECTION, CONTEMPORARY
DOOM
Forza Horizon 3
Inside
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

CAMERA DIRECTION IN A GAME ENGINE
Chronos
Dishonored 2
Final Fantasy XV
Inside
Republique

CHARACTER DESIGN
Dishonored 2
DOOM
The Last Guardian
Overwatch
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

CONTROL DESIGN, 2D OR LIMITED 3D
Headlander
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
Severed
Unravel

CONTROL DESIGN, 3D
Abzu
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Metroid Prime: Federation Force
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

CONTROL DESIGN, VR
Eagle Flight
Eve: Valkyrie
House of the Dying Sun
RIGS: Mechanized Combat League
Superhot VR

CONTROL PRECISION
Battlefield 1
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Forza Horizon 3
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

COSTUME DESIGN
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dishonored 2
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine

DIRECTION IN A GAME CINEMA
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dishonored 2
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Quantum Break
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

DIRECTION IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Adr1ft
Batman: Arkham VR
Edge of Nowhere
Here They Lie
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

GAME DESIGN, NEW IP
Dead by Daylight
Inside
The Last Guardian
Overwatch
Republique

GAME DESIGN, FRANCHISE
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Forza Horizon 3
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
XCOM 2

GAME ENGINEERING
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Pokemon Go
Stellaris
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

GRAPHICS, TECHNICAL
Battlefield 1
DOOM
Forza Horizon 3
The Last Guardian
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

INNOVATION IN GAME TECHNOLOGY
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
DOOM
Eagle Flight
HTC Vive
No Man’s Sky

LIGHTING/TEXTURING
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Quantum Break
Titanfall 2
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, NEW IP
Furi
Hyper Light Drifter
Overcooked
Overwatch
Stardew Valley

ORIGINAL LIGHT MIX SCORE, FRANCHISE
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
Ratchet & Clank

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, NEW IP
Tom Clancy’s The Division
The Last Guardian
Severed
Stellaris
Virginia

ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE, FRANCHISE
Dark Souls III
Dishonored 2
Mafia III
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Watch Dogs 2

PERFORMANCE IN A SPORTS GAME
FIFA 17 – Adetomiwa Edun as “Alex Hunter”
NBA 2K17 – Michael B. Jordan as “Justice Young”
WWE 2K17 – Michael Cole as “Himself”

PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY, LEAD
King’s Quest: The Good Knight – Christopher Lloyd as “King Graham”
Ratchet & Clank – James Arnold Taylor as “Ratchet”

PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY, SUPPORTING
Ratchet & Clank – Jim Ward as “Qwark”
King’s Quest: The Good Knight – Wallace Shawn as “Manny”
Lego Marvel’s Avengers – Stan Lee as “Himself”
Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Harrison Ford as “Han Solo”
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – Inori Minase as “Tsubasa”

PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA, LEAD
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare – Brian Bloom as “Nick Reyes”
Firewatch – Cissy Jones as “Delilah”
Firewatch – Rich Sommer as “Henry”
Mafia III – Alex Hernandez as “Lincoln Clay”
Quantum Break – Shawn Ashmore as “Jack Joyce”

PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMA, SUPPORTING
Darkest Dungeon – Wayne June as “Narrator”
Final Fantasy XV – Amy Shiels as “Lunafreya”
Quantum Break – Aiden Gillen as “Paul Serene”
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Emily Rose as “Elena Fisher”
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine – MyAnna Buring as “Anna Henrietta”

SONG, ORIGINAL OR ADAPTED
Civilization VI – “Sogno di Volare”
Dishonored 2 – “Gold Dust Woman”
Final Fantasy XV – “Stand By Me”
The Flame in the Flood – “What We Leave Behind”

SONG COLLECTION
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Dead Rising 4
Dishonored 2
Forza Horizon 3
Mafia III

SOUND MIXING IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Adr1ft
The Climb
Edge of Nowhere
The Lab
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood

SOUND EDITING IN A GAME CINEMA
Battlefield 1
Dark Souls III
Dishonored 2
Gears of War 4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

SOUND EFFECTS
Battlefield 1
Dishonored 2
Far Cry Primal
MLB The Show 16
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

USE OF SOUND, NEW IP
Dead by Daylight
Tom Clancy’s The Division
The Flame in the Flood
Inside
Quantum Break

USE OF SOUND, FRANCHISE
Dishonored 2
DOOM
Far Cry Primal
Mafia III
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

WRITING IN A COMEDY
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
Headlander
Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives
King’s Quest – Chapter 3: Once Upon a Climb
Mario & Luigi Paper Jam

WRITING IN A DRAMA
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Firewatch
Quantum Break
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

GAME, CLASSIC REVIVAL
Day of the Tentacle Remastered
DOOM
Master of Orion
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster

GAME, MUSIC OR PERFORMANCE-BASED
Audioshield
Rhythm Heaven Megamix
Thumper

GAME, ORIGINAL ACTION
Adr1ft
Hyper Light Drifter
The Lab
Overwatch
Republique

GAME, ORIGINAL ADVENTURE
1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Edge of Nowhere
Firewatch
Here They Lie
The Last Guardian

GAME, ORIGINAL FAMILY
The Flame in the Flood
Owlboy
Song of the Deep

GAME, ORIGINAL FIGHTING
no nominations

GAME, ORIGINAL RACING
Radial-G: Racing Revolved
Sebastien Loeb Rally Evo

GAME, ORIGINAL ROLE PLAYING
Darkest Dungeon
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Grand Kingdom
I Am Setsuna
Tyranny

GAME, ORIGINAL SPORTS
no nominations

GAME, FRANCHISE ACTION
Battlefield 1
Dishonored 2
DOOM
HITMAN
Titanfall 2

GAME, FRANCHISE ADVENTURE
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice
Salt and Sanctuary
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Watch Dogs 2
Zero Time Dilemma

GAME, FRANCHISE FAMILY
Dragon Quest Builders
Lego Marvel’s Avengers
Pokemon Go
Ratchet & Clank
Super Mario Run

GAME, FRANCHISE FIGHTING
The King of Fighters XIV
Street Fighter V
EA Sports UFC 2
WWE 2K17

GAME, FRANCHISE RACING
Dirt Rally
F1 2016
Forza Horizon 3
NASCAR Heat Evolution
Trackmania Turbo

GAME, FRANCHISE ROLE PLAYING
The Banner Saga 2
Bravely Second: End Layer
Dark Souls III
Final Fantasy XV
Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

GAME, FRANCHISE SPORTS
FIFA 17
Madden NFL 17
MLB The Show 16
NBA 2K17
NHL 17

GAME, ESPORTS
Counter Strike: Global Offensive
Dota 2
Overwatch
Rocket League
Street Fighter V

GAME, PUZZLE
Deus Ex Go
Quadrilateral Cowboy
Stephen’s Sausage Roll
The Turing Test
The Witness

GAME, SIMULATION
Planet Coaster
Starbound
Stardew Valley

GAME, SPECIAL CLASS
Abzu
Overcooked
That Dragon, Cancer

GAME, STRATEGY
Civilization VI
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright
XCOM 2

Nominees were determined by 1,195 press voters in 60 competitive categories.  Voters nearly doubled in numbers from last year.

 

The nominees for GAME OF THE YEAR are:

 

Dark Souls III

Inside

Overwatch

Pokemon Go

Stardew Valley

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

 

The leader in nominations (19) is Dishonored 2, followed by Uncharted 4 with 16 nods and DOOM with 13 nods.  The Last Guardian received 7 nominations.

 

Racking six nominations each were Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Forza Horizon 3, Inside, Overwatch, and Quantum Break.

 

The most nominated games in history (17 or more) are now Fallout 4, Dishonored 2, Heavy Rain, Metroid Prime, Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and The Last of Us.

 

Five individuals received three nominations each and are waiting to be certified for the official record:

 

Adam Orth – Adr1ft

Eric Barone – Stardew Valley

Neil Druckmann – Uncharted 4

Phil Kovats – Uncharted 4

Thomas Mitton – Dishonored 2

 

Notable small budget nominees include Owlboy, Hyper Light Drifter, Stardew Valley, Virginia, The Flame in the Flood, and others.

 

Top developers are:

 

19 Arkane Studios

16 Naughty Dog

13 id Software

13 Electronic Arts (EA Canada, DICE, and Tiburon)

12 Ubisoft (Massive, Montreal)

 

Top publishers are:

 

34 Sony Interactive Entertainment

32 Bethesda Softworks

18 Electronic Arts (EA, EA Sports)

15 Microsoft Studios

14 Ubisoft

 

For a complete list of 60 categories and nominees, visit http://navgtr.org/nominees

 

Winners will be announced March 20, 2017.

 

NAVGTR strongly supports the Developer Credit special interest group at http://igda.org/devcredit to improve crediting practices and help certify award attributions.

 

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The general voting body of reviewers, journalists, analysts, and writers includes registered media from trade events such as RTX, PAX, CES, GDC, BFIG, and E3.

 

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