2018 BAFTA Games Awards nominations announced

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BAFTA has unveiled the list of nominations for the 2018 BAFTA Games Awards.

Among the games featuring prominently are Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (with nine nominations), Horizon: Zero Dawn (with eight nominations), What Remains of Edith Finch (with seven nominations and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (with five nominations). You can read the full list of nominated games here

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice clearly struck a chord with the BAFTA Games Awards judges: it is in contention in the categories Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, British Game, Game Beyond Entertainment, Game Innovation, Music, Narrative and Performer. Horizon: Zero Dawn, meanwhile, is a contender for the Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best Game, Game Design, Music, Narrative, Original Property and Performer BAFTAs. 

Overall, 45 games will battle it out for 16 BAFTA Games Awards – the list of hopefuls also includes Gorogoa (which matched The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with five nominations), Cuphead, Night in the Woods, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Monument Valley 2, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Super Mario Odyssey, Snipperclips, Fortnite, NieR: Automata, The Sexy Brutale and Bury Me, My Love.

This year’s BAFTA Games Awards introduces a new category entitled Game Beyond Entertainment which, BAFTA says, was: “Introduced to recognise games that deliver a transformational experience beyond pure entertainment and explore a range of social issues.” Among the contenders for Game Beyond Entertainment are the prequel Life is Strange: Beyond the Storm, Night in the Woods, Bury Me, My Love, Last Day of June and Sea Hero Quest VR, which is designed to gather data for research into dementia. 

The BAFTA Games Awards will take place on Thursday 12 April, hosted by Dara O’Briain, at the Troxy in London – they will be streamed, with details of how to watch here. Tickets for the awards are available here.