Independent arts charity BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has revealed its nominations for the British Academy Games Awards 2018.
45 games recognised
With a total of 45 games recognised, including Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, What Remains of Edith Finch and Horizon Zero Dawn, BAFTA says that the awards showcase the “very best games” of the last 12 months and highlight an “outstanding level” of creative excellence of teams both in the UK and abroad.
Forming part of the London Games Festival, which is taking place in less than a month’s time from 5 to 15 April and will include 40 events across London, the awards are voted for by BAFTA’s global membership, which comprises experienced games industry practitioners with backgrounds in production and game development.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice “leads the way”
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, has received 9 nominations, the most out of all the games recognised, including Best Game, Game Beyond Entertainment and Artistic Achievement.
Horizon Zero Dawn follows
Horizon Zero Dawn follows close behind, with nominations in a total of 8 categories, including Audio Achievement, Best Game and Music.
What Remains of Edith Finch has received 7 nominations, followed by Gorogoa and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with 5 nominations each.
Cuphead, Night in the Woods and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy have also received 4 nominations each.
Super Mario Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Origins are among the four games to receive 3 nominations.
New category ‘Game Beyond Entertainment’
Game Beyond Entertainment, a new category, has been introduced by BAFTA to recognise those games that deliver a “transformational experience beyond pure entertainment”. Life is Strange: Beyond the Storm, which tackles issues which are not often dealt with in games, such as love, bullying and friendship, is one such game to be nominated for this category, as well as Sea Hero Quest VR, which contributes to dementia research through gameplay.
Mobile game Bury Me, My Love, about a couple separated by the conflict in Syria, has also been nominated for an award in the Game Beyond Entertainment Category.
Other games nominated
Other games which have been nominated for awards include Call of Duty: World War II, Clash Royale, Final Fantasy XV, Gang Beasts and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
The awards ceremony, which is hosted by Dara O’Briain is scheduled to take place on Thursday 12 April at Troxy, London and will be live streamed for those not lucky enough to be able to attend the event.