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RATCHET & CLANK: RIFT APART LEADS WITH NINE NOMINATIONS FOR THE 25TH ANNUAL D.I.C.E. AWARDS

Celebrate the Biggest Video Games from 2021 on Feb. 24 in Las Vegas
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

 
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 13, 2022) – The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is pleased to announce the nominees for its 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards (#DICEAwards), the video game industry’s premier, peer-juried awards show co-hosted for the sixth year by Jessica Chobot and Greg Miller. The winners will be revealed at a special 25th Anniversary edition of the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, and livestreamed by the official media partner, IGN, on Feb. 24 at the Mandalay Bay Resort Las Vegas as the culmination of the week-long industry gathering at the 2022 D.I.C.E. Summit (#DICE2022).


Fifty-nine games released in 2021 received nominations. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by Deathloop earning eight. Tying for six nominations each are Inscryption and It Takes Two, with Returnal earning five nods, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Resident Evil Village each taking four. Finalists for 2021’s top honor, Game of the Year, are: Deathloop, Inscryption, It Takes Two,Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal.
 
"From all of us at the Academy, we want to thank our peer panelists who continue to dedicate their energy, expertise, and time in evaluating and selecting 2021's best games," said Meggan Scavio, president of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. "And to all our finalists, congratulations! You continue to amaze us with how you push the boundaries of creativity, technical innovation, and storytelling. We're excited to celebrate your achievements at the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards."  


Academy members will begin general voting today, Jan. 13, at 5:00 PM PT.


Here is the full list of nominees: LINK


Outstanding Achievement in Animation
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Deathloop
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
 
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Deathloop
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
 
Outstanding Achievement in Character
Deathloop – Colt Vahn
Kena: Bridge of Spirits – Kena
Life is Strange: True Colors – Alex Chen
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – Rivet
Resident Evil Village – Lady Dimitrescu
 
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition
Deathloop
It Takes Two
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Psychonauts 2
Returnal
 
Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design
Forza Horizon 5
Halo Infinite
It Takes Two
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Returnal
 
Outstanding Achievement in Story
Before Your Eyes
Inscryption
MARVEL's Guardians of the Galaxy
Psychonauts 2
The Forgotten City
 
Outstanding Technical Achievement
Battlefield™ 2042
Forza Horizon 5
Moncage
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Returnal
 
Action Game of the Year
Deathloop
Halo Infinite
Metroid Dread
Returnal
The Ascent
 
Adventure Game of the Year
Death's Door
It Takes Two
MARVEL's Guardians of the Galaxy
Psychonauts 2
Resident Evil Village
 
Family Game of the Year
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Happy Home Paradise
Cozy Grove
Mario Party Superstars
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Warioware: Get it Together
 
Fighting Game of the Year
GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE-
Melty Blood: Type Lumina
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
 
Racing Game of the Year
F1 2021
Forza Horizon 5
Hot Wheels Unleashed
 
Role-Playing Game of the Year
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
Shin Megami Tensei V
Tales of Arise
Wildermyth
 
Sports Game of the Year
EA SPORTS FIFA 22
Mario Golf: Super Rush
NBA 2k22
Riders Republic
The Climb 2
 
Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year
Age of Empires IV
Gloomhaven
Griftlands
Inscryption
Loop Hero
 
Immersive Reality Technical Achievement
Lone Echo II
Puzzling Places
Resident Evil 4 VR
Song in the Smoke
YUKI
 
Immersive Reality Game of the Year
Demeo
I Expect You To Die 2
Lone Echo II
Resident Evil 4 VR
Song in the Smoke
 
Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game
Death's Door
Inscryption
Loop Hero
Sable
Unpacking
 
Mobile Game of the Year
Behind the Frame
Fantasian
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Moncage
Pokémon UNITE
 
Online Game of the Year
Back 4 Blood
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Halo Infinite
Knockout City
 
Outstanding Achievement in Game Design
Deathloop
Inscryption
It Takes Two
Loop Hero
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
 
Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction
Deathloop
Inscryption
It Takes Two
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Artful Escape
 
Game of the Year
Deathloop
Inscryption
It Takes Two
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Returnal
 
The Academy’s 30K+ members, comprised of the interactive publishing and development communities, recognize excellence in 23 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 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 at this LINK.
 
About Academy of Interactive Arts and Science
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) was founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts. The organization has more than 30,000 members. The mission of the AIAS is to promote and advance the worldwide interactive entertainment community; recognize outstanding achievements in the interactive arts and sciences; and host an annual awards show, the D.I.C.E. Awards, to enhance awareness of the interactive art form. 
 
The prestigious D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit brings together the top video game designers and developers from around the world and business leaders from all major publishers to discuss the state of the industry, its trends and the future.
 
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