developer Quantic Dream won the Best New IP and Independent Studio awards at this week's European-specific Develop Awards in Brighton, joining Rocksteady Studios and Hello Games as this year's only multiple award winning game developers of the show.
London-based Rocksteady and its game Batman: Arkham Asylum
picked up prizes for Best Use of a License of IP and In-House Studio, while Guildford's Hello Games (Joe Danger
) won Best New Studio and Micro Studio.
Quantic Dream, which is located in Paris, and Angry Birds
developer Rovio, of Helsinki, were the only development houses in the "Studios" or "Creativity" categories of the awards not located in the UK; Develop is a UK-based trade publication.
Black Rock Studio (Split/Second
), FreeStyleGames (DJ Hero
), and SCE Cambridge (LittleBigPlanet
PSP) were also nominated for various awards in the "Creativity" and "Studios" categories.
Brothers Andrew Gower and Paul Gower received special recognition in the form of the Development Legend award for the success of their studio Jagex, responsible for the popular MMO RuneScape
, and engine developer Unity Technologies picked up the Technical Innovations and Grand Prix awards for its contributions to development.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best New IP
Heavy Rain (Quantic Dream)
Best New Download IP
Angry Birds (Rovio)
Best Use of a Licence or IP
Batman: Arkham Asylum (Rocksteady Studios)
Split/Second (Black Rock Studio)
DJ Hero (FreeStyleGames)
Technology & Services
Unity Engine (Unity Technologies)
Unreal Engine 3
Best New Studio
Andrew Gower & Paul Gower (Jagex)