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'The Witcher 3' And 'Metal Gear Solid V' Dominate The List Of Nominees For The 16th Annual GDC Awards

8 January 2016, 4:44 pm EST By Lauren Keating Tech Times
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The nominees for the 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards have been announced, with two popular titles leading the pack in nominees.

Any game that was released publicly throughout 2015 was eligible for nomination, and many of our favorite titles of the year have earned themselves the honor.

CD Projekt RED's role-playing fantasy game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt dominates the list of nominees, earning the most nominations with a total number of four. These include Game of the Year, Best Visual Art, Best Narrative and Best Technology.

However, another popular game released last year will also compete against The Witcher 3 to take home four awards: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Kojima Productons' open-world action-adventure game Metal Gear Solid V is up for Best Audio, Best Design, Best Technology and Game of the Year awards.

Fallout 4, Bloodborne and Rocket League were also among the nominees for Game of the Year.

Other nominees worth noting include Star Wars Battlefront, which is up for the Best Audio and the Best Technology award, as well as Her Story, which is up for Best Handheld/Mobile Game, Best Narrative and the Innovation Award.

The nominees for the three annual special awards: the Pioneer, Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement awards, will be announced in the near future.

Gamers will be able to tune in to the 16th Annual GDC Awards, which will be held at the San Francisco Moscone Center during the 2016 Game Developers Conference on Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. PST live on Twitch.

The complete list of nominees are as follows:

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

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

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)

Source: GDC

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