BAFTA Games Awards 2019 | Our Predictions

The nominees for the BAFTA Games Awards have been announced.

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Winners will be declared at the ceremony on Thursday 4 April in London.

As indieVerse is attending the event, we thought it would be fun to pick our own favourites to see how out of touch we are with stuff like this.

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT

  • DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN Guillaume de Fondaumière, David Cage, John O’Brien – Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GRIS Development Team – Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital
  • GOD OF WAR Development Team – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN Development Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

iV Prediction: RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 – a tough one to call. There were many beautiful looking games released last year, but Rockstar’s epic western was easily the most visually breathtaking title to come out on any platform in recent years. The vast open world they spent years crafting features some of the most complex and immersive landscapes ever featured in a videogame.

AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT

  • BATTLEFIELD V Development Team – EA DICE/Electronic Arts
  • DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN Guillaume de Fondaumière, David Cage, John O’Brien – Quantic Dream/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GOD OF WAR Mike Niederquell, Todd Piperi, Leilani Ramirez – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN Paul Mudra, Phillip Kovats, Dwight Okahara – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • TETRIS EFFECT Hydelic, Noboru Mutoh, Takako Ishida – Monstars Inc. and Resonair/Enhance, Inc.

iV Prediction: BATTLEFIELD V – Sound design in games has always been important for creating true immersion and Dice has always built incredible soundscapes into their battlefield games using the Frostbite engine.

BEST GAME 

  • ASSASSIN’S CREED ODYSSEY Development Team – Ubisoft Quebec/Ubisoft
  • ASTRO BOT RESCUE MISSION Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • CELESTE Development Team – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • GOD OF WAR Cory Barlog, Yumi Yang, Shannon Studstill – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

iV Prediction: GOD OF WAR – our actual pick for this would be Monster Hunter World, but since it doesn’t feature, we’re going to go with God of War, for sheer, unadulterated, unapologetic action from start to finish. A great game to lose yourself in with a great story to boot.

BRITISH GAME

  • 11-11: MEMORIES RETOLD Dan Efergan, Bram Ttwheam, George Rowe – Digixart, Aardman & Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe/Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe
  • FORZA HORIZON 4 Development Team – Playground Games/Microsoft Studios
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Development Team – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • THE ROOM: OLD SINS Development Team – Fireproof Games/ Fireproof Games
  • OVERCOOKED 2 Development Team – Ghost Town Games & Team 17/ Team 17
  • TWO POINT HOSPITAL Development Team – Two Point Studios/SEGA

iV Prediction: RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 – Rockstar will be walking away with this award, although they have some very strong competition this year;

DEBUT GAME

  • BEAT SABER Development Team – Beat Games/Beat Games
  • CULTIST SIMULATOR Alexis Kennedy, Lottie Bevan – Weather Factory/Humble Bundle
  • DONUT COUNTY Ben Esposito – Ben Esposito/Annapurna Interactive
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • GRIS Development Team – Nomada Studio/Devolver Digital
  • YOKU’S ISLAND EXPRESS Development Team – Villa Gorilla/Team 17

iV Prediction: BEAT SABER – a clear winner and a system seller for VR headsets like the Rift, Vive and PSVR. We know a few people who have finally adopted VR just so they can play this game.

EVOLVING GAME

  • DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN Development Team – Bungie/Activision
  • ELITE DANGEROUS: BEYOND Development Team – Frontier/Frontier
  • FORTNITE Development Team – Epic Games/Epic Games
  • OVERWATCH Development Team – Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment
  • SEA OF THIEVES Development Team – Rare Ltd/Microsoft Studios
  • TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE Development Team – Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft

iV Prediction: SEA OF THIEVES – another tough category. In the past we would have picked Elite Dangerous (our possible GOAT) but Rare have put a lot of effort into evolving their open world pirate sim. They recently celebrated the one year anniversary of SoT and the game has come on leaps and bounds since its release last March.

FAMILY

  • LEGO DISNEY PIXAR’S THE INCREDIBLES Pete Gomer, Dan Crossley, Nicholas Ricks – TT Games/WB Games
  • NINTENDO LABO Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • OVERCOOKED 2 Development Team – Ghost Town Games & Team17/Team17
  • POKÉMON: LET’S GO, PIKACHU! AND LET’S GO, EEVEE! Development Team – GAME FREAK/Nintendo
  • SUPER MARIO PARTY Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • YOKU’S ISLAND EXPRESS Development Team – Villa Gorilla/Team 17

iV Prediction: POKÉMON: LET’S GO, PIKACHU! AND LET’S GO, EEVEE! Not a full blown Pokémon game, more of a spiritual remake of the original Gameboy versions, but it proved very popular when it released and features some neat link-up features for the Pokémon Go mobile app.

GAME BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT

  • 11-11: MEMORIES RETOLD – Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe/Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe
  • CELESTE Development Team – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • LIFE IS STRANGE 2 Michel Koch, Raoul Barbet – DONTNOD Entertainment/Square Enix
  • MY CHILD LEBENSBORN Development Team – Sarepta Studio AS/Teknopilot AS, Sarepta Studio AS
  • NINTENDO LABO Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

iV Prediction: CELESTE – a brilliant run-and-double-jump platformer that speaks to players on a very personal level, with the lead character Madeline battling her own person demons as she seeks to overcome the emotional obstacles in her life.

GAME DESIGN

  • ASTRO BOT RESCUE MISSION Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • CELESTE Development Team – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • GOD OF WAR Development Team – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • INTO THE BREACH Justin Ma, Matthew Davis – Subset Games/Subset Games
  • MINIT Development Team – JW, Kitty, Jukio, and Dom/Devolver Digital
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

iV Prediction: RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN – Lucas Pope’s totally unique whodunnit mystery is presented in a stark 1-bit graphical style, with the lead character, a loss adjuster aboard a deserted ship, tasked with establishing the fate of the crew by revisiting frozen moments of existence using a pocket watch that allows him to travel back in time.

GAME INNOVATION

  • ASTRO BOT RESCUE MISSION Development Team – SIE Japan Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • CELESTE Development Team – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • CULTIST SIMULATOR Alexis Kennedy, Lottie Bevan – Weather Factory/Humble Bundle
  • MOSS Development Team – Polyarc/Polyarc
  • NINTENDO LABO Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909     

iV Prediction: NINTENDO LABO – Not really our cup of tea, but a worthy winner of this category – Nintendo’s cardboard peripherals are whacky and off the wall, but LABO has the potential to kindle an interest in the STEM disciplines in a new generation.

MOBILE GAME

  • ALTO’S ODYSSEY Development Team – Team Alto/Snowman
  • BRAWL STARS Development Team – Supercell/Supercell
  • DONUT COUNTY Ben Esposito – Ben Esposito/Annapurna Interactive
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • REIGNS: GAME OF THRONES François Alliot, Tamara Alliot, Arnaud De Bock – Nerial/Devolver Digital
  • THE ROOM: OLD SINS Development Team – Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games

iV Prediction: THE ROOM: OLD SINS – we don’t play mobile games.

MULTIPLAYER

  • A WAY OUT Development Team – Hazelight/EA Originals
  • BATTLEFIELD V Development Team – EA DICE/Electronic Arts
  • OVERCOOKED 2 Development Team – Ghost Town Games & Team 17/Team 17
  • SEA OF THIEVES Development Team – Rare Ltd/Microsoft Studios
  • SUPER MARIO PARTY Development Team – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE Development Team – Nintendo, Sora Ltd, Bandai Namco Studios Inc./Nintendo

iV Prediction: SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE – a solid favourite for Smash fans, loads of fun and countless ways to play.

MUSIC

  • CELESTE Lena Raine – Matt Makes Games Inc./Matt Makes Games Inc.
  • FAR CRY 5 Development Team – Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • GOD OF WAR Bear McCreary, Keith Leary, Peter Scaturro – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • GRIS Nomada Studios/Devolver Digital
  • TETRIS EFFECT Hydelic, Noboru Mutoh, Takako Ishida – Monstars Inc. and Resonair/Enhance, Inc.

iV Prediction: FAR CRY 5 – An amazing soundtrack of both established artists and specially commissioned songs. Far Cry’s secret weapon was its music which took a great game and made it epic.

NARRATIVE

  • FLORENCE Writing Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • FROSTPUNK Writing Team – 11 bit studios/11 bit studios
  • GOD OF WAR Cory Barlog, Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert – Santa Monica Studio/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN Writing Team – Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 Dan Houser, Rupert Humphries, Michael Unsworth – Rockstar Games/Rockstar Games
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909

iV Prediction: RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 – Rockstar did an amazing job taking us back 11 years prior to the events of the original Red Dead Redemption. Arthur Morgan and his band of outcasts live through some of the turbulent times in American history, captured authentically by Rockstar’s stellar writing team.

ORIGINAL PROPERTY

  • DEAD CELLS Development Team – Motion Twin/Motion Twin
  • FLORENCE Development Team – Mountains/Annapurna Interactive
  • INTO THE BREACH Development Team – Subset Games/Subset Games
  • MOSS Development Team – Polyarc/Polyarc
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN Lucas Pope – Lucas Pope/3909
  • SUBNAUTICA Development Team – Unknown Worlds Entertainment/Unknown Worlds Entertainment

iV Prediction: RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN – Again, Lucas Pope’s completely unique tale of a time travelling loss adjuster wins out as the best original IP of 2018.

PERFORMER

  • CHRISTOPHER JUDGE as Kratos in God of War
  • DANIELLE BISUTTI as Freya in God of War
  • JEREMY DAVIES as The Stranger in God of War
  • MELISSANTHI MAHUT as Kassandra of Sparta in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • ROGER CLARK as Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2
  • SUNNY SULJIC as Atreus in God of War

iV Prediction: ROGER CLARK – the flawed hero at the centre of Rockstar’s sprawling western was the standout performance for us in 2018.

EE MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR (voted for by the public)

  • BRAWL STARS – Supercell/Supercell
  • CLASH ROYALE – Supercell/Supercell
  • FORTNITE –  Epic Games/Epic Games
  • OLD SCHOOL RUNESCAPE – Jagex/Jagex
  • POKÉMON GO – The Pokémon Company, Niantic/Nintendo
  • ROBLOX – Roblox Corporation/Roblox Corporation

iV Prediction: FORTNITE – the kids seem to like it.

Regardless of who wins, we will be at the ceremony on 4 April cheering all the nominees. How do our picks stack up then? Do you agree/disagree/care?

Let us know in the comments below.


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John games on all platforms, across all generations, but believes indie game development is where true innovation lies. He's always on the lookout for new experiences, be it retro homebrew releases, Steam Early Access projects, or the next big VR hit.

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