BAFTA Games Awards 2016 Nominees Announced

The nominations for the BAFTA Games Awards 2016 have been announced and one game you wouldn’t necessarily expect snagged 10 nominations.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, The Chinese Room’s mystery-stroll about through the English village of Yaughton, certainly caught the eye of the British aways panel, handing the game nominations for Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, British Game, Game Innovation, Music, Original Property, Story, as well as two for Performance.

Do we detect some UK-based favouritism or does Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture deserve all the nominations it received?

Oblique detective game, Her Story and open world epic, The Witcher 3 both have seven nominations (beating last year’s most-nominated game Alien: Isolation, which had six). They’re followed up by Batman: Arkham Knight, Life is Strange and Rocket League, all with five nominations.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony at London’s Tobacco Dock on Thursday April 7. See a full list of categories and nominees below:

Artistic Achievement

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Audio Achievement

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Best Game

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Fallout 4
  • Life is Strange
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Rocket League
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

British Game

  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Prison Architect
  • Tearaway Unfolded
  • Until Dawn

Debut Game

  • Her Story
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Mini Metro
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Prune

Family

  • Disney Infinity 3.0
  • FIFA 16
  • Guitar Hero: Live
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Super Mario Maker
  • Rocket League

Game Design

  • Bloodborne
  • Grow Home
  • Her Story
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Rocket League
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Game Innovation

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  • Splatoon
  • Until Dawn

Mobile & Handheld

  • Alphabear
  • Fallout Shelter
  • Her Story
  • Lara Croft GO
  • Prune
  • The Room Three

Multiplayer

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
  • Rocket League
  • Splatoon
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
  • World of Warships

Music

  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Fallout 4
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Ori and the Blind Forest

Original Property

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Splatoon
  • Until Dawn

Performer

  • Ashly Burch (Chloe Price in Life is Strange)
  • Doug Cockle (Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
  • Merle Dandridge (Kate Collins in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture)
  • Oliver Dimsdale (Stephen Appleton in Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture)
  • Mark Hamill (The Joker in Batman: Arkham Knight)
  • Masasa Moyo (Vella in Broken Age: Act 2)

Persistent Game

  • Destiny: The Taken King
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Guitar Hero: Live
  • Lego Dimensions
  • Prison Architect
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Sport

  • DiRT Rally
  • FIFA 16
  • Football Manager 2016
  • Forza Motorspot 6
  • PES 2016
  • Rocket League

Story

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  • Her Story
  • Life is Strange
  • Undertale
  • Until Dawn
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

BAFTA Ones to Watch Award

  • Selfienation by Pictrail
  • Sundown by Mild Beast Games
  • The Wall Shall Stand by Pixel Tailors

AMD eSports Audience Award

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • DOTA 2
  • Hearthstone
  • League of Legends
  • Smite

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