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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart and Deathloop lead in DICE Awards nominations

Academy for Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) announced Finalists for the 25th DICE Awards. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart emerged as the leader in the number of nominations – claiming nine awards, including the grand prize. Deathloop, also nominated in the Game of the Year category, was mentioned eight times.

Image source: interactive.org

Image source: interactive.org

Inscryption and It Takes Two shared third place – each represented in six categories. Returnees can receive five prizes. All five projects mentioned compete for the title of Game of the Year. Four of them (save the last one) claim the award for Achievements in Game Design (along with Loop Hero) and Directing (the fifth nominee is The Artful Escape).

Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart.  Image source: blog.playstation.com

Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart. Image source: blog.playstation.com

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is also recognized for Technical Achievement and Sound Design. In both categories she will fight Returnal and Forza Horizon 5, and in the second category she will also fight It Takes Two. Additionally, the action-adventure game Insomniac Games is known for its art, animation, and character creation. She faces Kena in all three categories: Bridge of Spirits, Resident Evil Village, and Deathloop. In addition, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is considered in the Best Family Game category.

death loop.  Image Source: Steam

death loop. Image Source: Steam

Deathloop can be recognized as the best action game (it will compete with Returnal, Halo Infinite and Metroid Dread) and known for the soundtrack (here are its rivals It Takes Two and Returnal). Hazelight Studios could get the title of Best Adventure, as could Resident Evil Village and Psychonauts 2.

It takes two.  Image Source: Steam

It takes two. Image Source: Steam

Inscryption will compete with Loop Hero and Age of Empires IV in the Best Strategy or Simulation category. Card Horror can be called the best indie game (in the second category it will try to beat Loop Hero and Death’s Door) and the project with the best story (Psychonauts 2 will be explained here).

encryption.  Image Source: Steam

encryption. Image Source: Steam

Full list of nominees (59 games in 23 categories):

game of the year:

  • death loop;
  • encryption;
  • It takes two;
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart;
  • Return.

Best action:

  • death loop;
  • halo infinity;
  • Metroid Terror;
  • Return;
  • The climb.

best adventure:

  • door of death;
  • It takes two;
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy;
  • psychonauts 2;
  • Resident Evil Village.

Best Family Game:

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise
  • Cozy Grove;
  • Mario Party Superstars;
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart;
  • Warioware: Get it together.

Best Fighting Game:

  • Guilty Gear -Strive-;
  • Meltblood: Type Lumina
  • Nickelodeon All Star Brawl.

Best Racing Game:

  • F1 2021;
  • Forza Horizon 5;
  • Hot Wheels unleashed.

Best RPG:

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker;
  • Pathfinder: Wrath of the Just;
  • Shin Megami Tensei V;
  • stories of emergence;
  • Wild Myth.

Best Sports Game:

  • FIFA 22;
  • Mario Golf: Super Rush
  • NBA 2K22;
  • Rider’s Republic.
  • The rise 2.

Best strategy or simulation:

  • Age of Empires IV;
  • Gloomhaven;
  • Grifflands;
  • encryption;
  • loop hero.

A technical achievement in VR gaming:

  • Lonely Echo II;
  • mysterious places;
  • Resident Evil 4 VR;
  • Song in the Smoke;
  • Yuki.

Best VR Game:

  • demeo;
  • I expect you to die 2;
  • Lonely Echo II;
  • Resident Evil 4 VR;
  • song in the smoke

Outstanding performance in an indie game:

  • door of death;
  • encryption;
  • loop hero;
  • Sable;
  • Unpacking.

Best Mobile Game:

  • behind the frame;
  • imaginative;
  • League of Legends: Wild Rift;
  • Monday;
  • Unite Pokemon.

Best Multiplayer Game:

  • Back 4 blood;
  • Call of Duty: Vanguard;
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker;
  • halo infinity;
  • Knockout City.

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design:

  • death loop;
  • encryption;
  • It takes two;
  • loop hero;
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift apart.

Outstanding performance in game direction:

  • death loop;
  • encryption;
  • It takes two;
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart;
  • The artful escape.

Outstanding Achievement in Animation:

  • Call of Duty: Vanguard;
  • death loop;
  • Kena: Spirit Bridge;
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart;
  • Resident Evil Village.

Outstanding Achievement in Artistic Direction:

  • Call of Duty: Vanguard;
  • death loop;
  • Kena: Spirit Bridge;
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart;
  • Resident Evil Village.

Outstanding achievement in character creation:

  • Death Loop – Colt Van (Colt Vahn);
  • Kena: Ghost Bridge – Kena;
  • Life is Strange: True Colors – Alex Chen
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – Rivet
  • Resident Evil Village – Lady Dimitrescu.

Outstanding Achievement in the Original Score:

  • death loop;
  • It takes two;
  • Kena: Spirit Bridge;
  • psychonauts 2;
  • Return.

Excellence in sound design:

  • Forza Horizon 5;
  • halo infinity;
  • It takes two;
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart;
  • Return.

Outstanding Achievement in History:

  • Before your eyes;
  • encryption;
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy;
  • psychonauts 2;
  • The forgotten city.

Outstanding technical performance:

  • Battlefield 2042;
  • Forza Horizon 5;
  • Monday;
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart;
  • Return.

The winners will be determined by AIAS participants – more than 33,000 experts from different areas of the gaming industry. The awards ceremony will take place on February 24th in Las Vegas as part of the DICE Summit event. Jessica Chobot and Greg Miller will return as hosts.

Hades is the 2021 DICE Game of the Year.

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