The Writers Guild of America has put forth its nominations for the outstanding achievement achievement in video game writing category of its annual awards.
The following four titles were nominated:
- Alien: Isolation, Writers Dan Abnett, Dion Lay, Will Porter; SEGA
- Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry, Lead Scriptwriter Jill Murray; Scriptwriter Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jill Murray, Hugo Giard, Wesley Pincombe; Ubisoft
- Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Story by Alexandre Amancio, Sylvain Bernard, Travis Stout; Scriptwriting Alexandre Amancio, Travis Stout, Russell Lees, Darby McDevitt, Ceri Young; Additional Scriptwriting Jeffrey Yohalem; Ubisoft
- The Last of Us: Left Behind, Written by Neil Druckmann; Sony Computer Entertainment
Ubisoft will no doubt be quite happy with its two nominations, and I'm certainly pleased to see Freedom Cry, which starred a man of colour, and Assassin's Creed: Unity, which was neatly plotted and had a female character who wasn't total bullshit, make the cut.
I haven't played Alien: Isolation so can't comment there, but The Last of Us: Left Behind gave a lot of people a lot of feelings.
Note that to be eligible for nomination writers must be paid-up members of the WGA and submit their scripts for consideration, so don't feel too miffed if your favourite game wasn't included this year; not everyone participates.
The winner will be announced during the 2015 Writers Guild Awards on February 14.