The Last of Us, Assassin’s Creed 4 among Writers Guild of America Awards nominees

Friday, 10th January 2014 00:26 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Writers Guild of America has announced video game nominees for its 2014 awards, highlighting quite a diverse group of triple-A titles.

The nominations for the outstanding achievement in video games writing category are as follows:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Story by Darby McDevitt, Mustapha Mahrach, Jean Guesdon; Lead Scriptwriter Darby McDevitt; Scriptwriter Jill Murray; AI Scriptwriter Nicholas Grimwood; Scriptwriter Singapore Mark Llabres Hill; Ubisoft
  • Batman: Arkham Origins, Narrative Director Dooma Wendschuh; Writer & Senior Narrative Designer Ryan Galletta; Writer Corey May; Warner Bros. Interactive
  • God of War: Ascension, Written by Marianne Krawcyzk; Additional Writing Ariel Lawrence; Sony Computer Entertainment
  • The Last of Us, Written by Neil Druckmann; Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Lost Planet 3, Head Writer Richard Gaubert; Writers Orion Walker, Matt Sophos; Capcom

The 2014 Writers Guild Awards will be held on February 1 at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Last year, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation won the top spot. If you’re a bit confused by the nominations, remember that some publishers abstain from the controversial selection process.

It’s worth remembering that the Writers Guild of America is distinct from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, which has greater respect for apostrophes and gave Thomas Was Alone its top 2013 honour over Tomb Raider and Lego City Undercover.

Thanks, Destructoid.



  1. The_Red

    Seriously? GOW Ascension is nominated but Gone Home and Stanley Parable aren’t?

    #1 9 months ago
  2. Brenna Hillier

    Not every game is considered. Nominees are drawn from a limited pool, and guild members have to put their names forward for possible nomination. It’s not so much “best of 2013″ as “best of this tiny selection we were offered”.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    Presumably The Last of Us will take it from that limited pool. I especially like how tight the dialogue was. Lean and mean…

    #3 9 months ago
  4. airsick7

    As a WGA member, I consider The Last of Us one of the best told stories of last year… games, film, or otherwise. That writing had chops.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. The_Red

    Thanks for the info.
    It’s strange but I guess all awards have their quirky rules (Like Oscars with their crappy Foreign film and Doc rules).

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Digital Bamboo

    It’s got to be The Last Of Us.

    Incredibly strong story, dialogue & character development.

    Some of the most realistic characters I’ve ever encountered…though that had at least as much to do with the stellar voice acting.

    #6 9 months ago

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