Nominees for the 2016 Game Developers Choice Awards have been announced

gdcawardsBloodborne, Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Rocket League, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will all be competing for “Game of the Year” honors at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, March 16.

With four nominations apiece, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt became the most-nominated titles this year. In addition to “Game of the Year,” The Phantom Pain is also up for “Best Audio,” “Best Design,” and “Best Technology.” Meanwhile, The Witcher 3 will attempt to also take home “Best Visual Art,” “Best Narrative,” and “Best Technology.”

Fallout 4 and Bloodborne were just a step behind both titles with three total nominations of their own. However, they have a lot of company as Star Wars: Battlefront, Splatoon, Her Story, and Undertale all received a trio of nominations as well.

Viewers at home will be able to watch the 2016 Game Developers Choice Awards through Twitch, and a complete look at this year’s nominees can be found after the break.

Game of the Year

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
  • Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)

Honorable Mentions
Her Story (Sam Barlow), Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo), Undertale (Toby Fox), Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo), Life Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

Innovation Award

  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)
  • The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited)

Honorable Mentions
Rocket League (Psyonix), Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games) Cibele (Star Maid Games), Life Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix), Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)

Best Debut

  • Ark: Survival Evolved (Studio Wildcard)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios)
  • Downwell (Moppin)
  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games)

Honorable Mentions
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime (Asteroid Base), The Magic Circle (Question), Axiom Verge (Thomas Happ), Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club), Read Only Memories (MidBoss)

Best Design

  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
  • Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/ Bethesda Softworks)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Honorable Mentions
Her Story (Sam Barlow), Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo), Undertale (Toby Fox), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game

  • Lara Croft Go (Square Enix Montreal / Square Enix)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • AlphaBear (Spry Fox)

Honorable Mentions
Prune (Joel McDonald), The Room Three (Fireproof Games), Subterfuge (Ron Carmel and Noel Llopis), Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale and 3 Sprockets / Bandai Namco), Sage Solitaire (Zach Gage), SteamWorld Heist (Image and Form), You Must Build A Boat (EightyEight Games)

Best Visual Art

  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
  • Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Honorable Mentions
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami), Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix), Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), The Order: 1886 (Ready at Dawn / Sony Computer Entertainment), Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment), Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)

Best Narrative

  • Her Story (Sam Barlow)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
  • Life Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)
  • The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited)

Honorable Mentions
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment), Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks), Until Dawn (Supermassive Games / Sony Computer Entertainment), Cibele (Star Maid Games), Soma (Frictional Games)

Best Audio

  • Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)

Honorable Mentions
Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), Life Is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix), Soma (Frictional Games), Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment), Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Best Technology

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions / Konami)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
  • Star Wars: Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
  • Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios / Square Enix)

Honorable Mentions
Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix), Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo), Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo), Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)

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