Horizon Zero Dawn Leads with Ten Nominations for the 21st D.I.C.E. Awards

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is pleased to announce the nominees for its 21st D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards), co-hosted by Greg Miller, co-founder of internet video show and podcast Kinda Funny, and Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News. Academy members will begin general voting for the video game industry’s premier peer-based awards show on Friday, Jan. 12th at 5:00 PM PST.

The winners will be revealed at the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 22nd in Las Vegas as the culmination of the week-long industry gathering at the 2018 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE18). The ceremony will once again be live streamed in its entirety beginning at 8:00 pm PT/11:00 pm ET via media partner IGN Entertainment.

“Congratulations to all the 2017 nominees – an amazing list of diverse experiences that really embody the creative ambitions and achievements that define our industry,” said Meggan Scavio, President, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “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.”

Sixty-eight of the most exciting games from 2017 received a nomination. Horizon Zero Dawn leads the group with 10 total nominations. Several games received multiple nods, including: The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild with 6 nominations; Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Cuphead with 5 nominations; and Gorogoa, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, Super Mario Odyssey which received 4 nominations each. Nominees for the evening’s top prize, Game of the Year, are: Cuphead; Horizon Zero Dawn; PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS; Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The following is the full list of nominees:

Outstanding Achievement in Animation<br/>Cuphead<br/>For Honor<br/>Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn<br/>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction<br/>Cuphead<br/>Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn<br/>Little Nightmares<br/>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding Achievement in Character<br/>Assassin's Creed Origins - Bayek<br/>Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice - Senua<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn - Aloy<br/>Star Wars Battlefront II - Iden Versio<br/>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy - Chloe Fraiser

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition<br/>Call of Duty: WWII<br/>Cuphead<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn<br/>RiME<br/>Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design<br/>Destiny 2<br/>Injustice 2<br/>Star Wars Battlefront II<br/>Super Mario Odyssey<br/>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Outstanding Achievement in Story<br/>Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn<br/>Night in the Woods<br/>What Remains of Edith Finch<br/>Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Outstanding Technical Achievement<br/>Assassin's Creed Origins<br/>Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn<br/>Lone Echo/Echo Arena<br/>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Action Game of the Year<br/>Call of Duty: WWII<br/>Cuphead<br/>Destiny 2<br/>PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS<br/>Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Adventure Game of the Year<br/>Assassin's Creed Origins<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn<br/>Super Mario Odyssey<br/>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild<br/>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Family Game of the Year<br/>DropMix<br/>GNOG<br/>Just Dance 2018<br/>SingStar Celebration<br/>Snipperclips

Fighting Game of the Year<br/>ARMS<br/>Injustice 2<br/>Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite<br/>Nidhogg 2<br/>Tekken 7

Racing Game of the Year<br/>DiRT 4<br/>Forza Motorsport 7<br/>Gran Turismo Sport<br/>Mario Kart 8 Deluxe<br/>Project CARS 2

Role-Playing Game of the Year<br/>Divinity: Original Sin 2<br/>Middle-earth: Shadow of War<br/>NieR:Automata<br/>Persona 5<br/>Torment: Tides of Numenera

Sports Game of the Year<br/>Everybody's Golf<br/>FIFA 18<br/>Golf Clash<br/>Madden NFL 18<br/>MLB The Show 17

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year<br/>Endless Space 2<br/>Halo Wars 2<br/>Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle<br/>Total War: Warhammer II<br/>XCOM 2: War of the Chosen

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement<br/>Lone Echo/Echo Arena<br/>Robo Recall<br/>Star Trek Bridge Crew<br/>The Invisible Hours<br/>Wilson's Heart

Immersive Reality Game of the Year<br/>Lone Echo/Echo Arena<br/>Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin<br/>Robo Recall<br/>Space Pirate Trainer<br/>Wilson's Heart

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award<br/>Everything<br/>Gorogoa<br/>Night in the Woods<br/>Pyre<br/>Snipperclips

Handheld Game of the Year<br/>Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King<br/>Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth<br/>Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia<br/>Metroid: Samus Returns<br/>Monster Hunter Stories

Mobile Game of the Year<br/>Cat Quest<br/>Fire Emblem Heroes<br/>Gorogoa<br/>Monument Valley 2<br/>Splitter Critters

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay<br/>Call of Duty: WWII<br/>Destiny 2<br/>Fortnite<br/>PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS<br/>Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design<br/>Gorogoa<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn<br/>PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS<br/>Super Mario Odyssey<br/>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction<br/>Gorogoa<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn<br/>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild<br/>Uncharted: The Lost Legacy<br/>What Remains of Edith Finch

Game of the Year<br/>Cuphead<br/>Horizon Zero Dawn<br/>PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS<br/>Super Mario Odyssey<br/>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Academy’s 30K+ members, comprised of the interactive publishing and development communities, recognize excellence in 24 different interactive game categories in one of the highest forms of recognition in the industry. Titles were played and evaluated by members of the Academy’s peer panels to determine final nominees. These panels, one for each award category, are comprised of the game industry’s most experienced and talented men and women who are experts in their chosen fields. Winners are determined as part of a confidential voting process and will be revealed on the evening of the show. A list of all the peer panelists can be found here.

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