Skyrim, Portal 2, Bastion receive five GDC Awards nods

Thursday, 5 January 2012 18:35 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Bethesda, Valve, and Supergiant Games have each been nominated in five different categories for the 12th annual Game Developers Choice Awards.

Supergiant’s Bastion was nominated for Best Debut, Innovation, Best Audio, Best Downloadable Game, and Best Narrative.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been nominated for Best Game Design, Best Technology, Best Audio, Best Visual Arts, and Game of the Year.

Portal 2 has been nominated for Best Game Design, Innovation, Best Audio, Best Narrative, and Game of the Year.

Other titles in the running for Game of the Year are Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dark Souls, and Batman: Arkham City.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and L.A. Noire also received multiple nominations, with the former up for Best Narrative, Best Technology and Best Visual Arts. The later is nominated for an Innovation award and Best Technology.

A complete list of nominees is below.

Best Game Design

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Nintendo)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
  • Dark Souls (From Software)

Innovation

  • Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure (Toys For Bob)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • Johann Sebastian Joust (Die Gute Fabrik)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)

Best Technology

  • Battlefield 3 (DICE)
  • L.A. Noire (Team Bondi)
  • Crysis 2 (Crytek Frankfurt/UK)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Tiny Tower (NimbleBit)
  • Super Mario 3D Land (Nintendo)
  • Jetpack Joyride (Halfbrick)
  • Infinity Blade II (Chair Entertainment)
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capy Games/Superbrothers)

Best Audio

  • Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • LittleBigPlanet 2 (Media Molecule)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Dead Space 2 (Visceral Games)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)

Best Downloadable Game

  • Stacking (Double Fine)
  • From Dust (Ubisoft Montpellier)
  • Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • Outland (Housemarque)
  • Frozen Synapse (Mode 7)

Best Narrative

  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • The Witcher 2 (CD Projekt RED)
  • Bastion (Supergiant Games)
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)
  • Saints Row: The Third (Volition)

Best Debut

  • Supergiant Games (Bastion)
  • Team Bondi (L.A. Noire)
  • Re-Logic (Terraria)
  • BioWare Austin (Star Wars: The Old Republic)
  • Eidos Montreal (Deus Ex: Human Revolution)

Best Visual Arts

  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception (Naughty Dog)
  • Rayman Origins (Ubisoft Montpellier)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron (Ignition Japan)
  • Battlefield 3 (DICE)

Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham City (Rocksteady Studios)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Bethesda Game Studios)
  • Portal 2 (Valve)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (Eidos Montreal)
  • Dark Souls (From Software)

Other awards to be announced include Pioneer, Ambassador and Lifetime Achievement Special Awards. The award show’s host has yet to be announced.

The 12th annual Game Developers Choice Awards will be held Wednesday, March 7 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco during GDC 2012.

Thanks, Gamasutra.

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