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Things to know: BAFTA Game Awards 2020

Things to know: BAFTA Game Awards 2020

   

Check out everything you need to know about tonight’s glittering gaming ceremony before it gets under way!

By Virgin TV Edit

2019 was a crazy year for games. You had Resident Evil 2, where every hallway and creaking floorboard had your knees shaking. There was Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, where you were killed 58,000 times but enjoyed every death.

 

Luigi’s Mansion 3, where cuter spooks still proved scary but also looked goooooorgeous. And Untitled Goose Game, where you could take control of the animal kingdom’s purest form of evil… a rake-stealing goose with nothing to lose.

 

As such, it’s only right that the brilliant brains behind the awe-inspiring designs and stories that have enthralled us are rewarded for the hard work. Yes, it’s time for the 16th British Academy Game Awards!

 

So before host Dara Ó Briain takes to the stage (well, his basement in this case) and starts cracking open those envelopes, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s ceremony and the run-down of all the nominees. And come back to this page tomorrow to discover all the winners.

 

All the nominees have recorded a victory speech

Yes, that’s right. Because of the current global situation, every nominee has recorded speech should they win. Due to the rules around social distancing, this year’s ceremony features no audience, no red carpet and no glitzy afterparty. Dara Ó Briain will be hosting the pre-recorded show in his basement (which looks very nice, by the way).

 

Record-equalling big-hitters

God Of War’s haul of 10 nominations in 2018 seemed unbeatable… and then Control and Death Stranding come along at get 11 each. They’re undoubtedly this year’s favourites to rack up the most wins, but don’t bet against these “outsiders” causing an upset…

 

The outsiders


The aforementioned Untitled Goose Game nabbed four noms of its own, while Estonian writer Robert Kurvitz’ stunning debut Disco Elysium has earnt 7. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice also sits pretty on 4, alongside Luigi’s Mansion 3. Any of these games could storm their way to the coveted game of the year gong. Deservedly so, too.

 

Keep an eye out for these “plucky Brits”

The BAFTAs always take time to appreciate homegrown brilliance, and this year is no different, with Planet Zoo, Knights And Bikes and ridiculously good racer Dirt Rally 2.0 all getting nominations for Best British Game.

 

A legend becomes a Fellow

“Snake…? SNAAAAKE!” Ahem, sorry. After wowing us (and thoroughly freaking us out) for decades with his Metal Gear series and the recent masterpiece that is Death Stranding, legendary game designer Hideo Kojima will tonight quite rightly be awarded the BAFTA Fellowship.

 

And the winners are!:

Best Game

  • Control — Remedy Entertainment/505 Games
  • Disco Elysium — ZA/UM
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 — Next Level Games/Nintendo
  • Outer Wilds — Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — FromSoftware/Activision
  • Untitled Goose Game — House House/Panic

 

Animation

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare — Infinity Ward/Electronic Arts
  • Control — Remedy Entertainment/505 Games
  • Death Stranding — Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 — Next Level Games/Nintendo
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts — Simogo/Annapurna Interactive
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — FromSoftware/Activision

 

Artistic Achievement

  • Concrete Genie — Pixelopus/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Control — Remedy Entertainment/505 Games
  • Death Stranding — Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Disco Elysium — ZA/UM
  • Knights and Bikes — Foam Sword/Double Fine Presents
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts — Simogo/Annapurna Interactive

 

Audio Achievement

  • Ape Out — Gabe Cuzzillo, Matt Boch, Bennett Foddy/Devolver Digital
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare — Infinity Ward/Activision
  • Control — Remedy Entertainment/505 Games
  • Death Stranding — Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — Nick Laviers (Respawn Entertainment)/Electronic Arts
  • Untitled Goose Game — House House/Panic

 

British Game

  • Dirt Rally 2.0 — Codemasters
  • Heaven's Vault — Joseph Humfrey, Jon Ingold, Laura Dilloway (Inkle)
  • Knights and Bikes — Rex Crowle, Moo Yu, Kenneth C M Young (Foam Sword)/Double Fine Presents
  • Observation — No Code/Devolver Digital
  • Planet Zoo — Frontier Developments
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms — Creative Assembly/Sega

 

Debut Game

  • Ape Out — Gabe Cuzzillo, Matt Boch, Bennett Foddy/Devolver Digital
  • Death Stranding — Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Disco Elysium — ZA/UM
  • Katana Zero — Just Stander, Askiisoft/Devolver Digital
  • Knights and Bikes — Rex Crowle, Moo Yu, Kenneth C M Young (Foam Sword)/Double Fine Presents
  • Manifold Garden — William Chyr Studios

 

Evolving Game

  • Apex Legends — Chad Grenier, Drew McCoy (Respawn Entertainment)/Electronic Arts
  • Destiny 2 — Bungie
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers — Square Enix
  • Fortnite — Epic Games
  • No Man's Sky: Beyond — Hello Games
  • Path of Exile — Grinding Gear Games

 

Family

  • Concrete Genie — Pixelopus/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Knights and Bikes — Rex Crowle, Moo Yu, Kenneth C M Young (Foam Sword)/Double Fine Presents
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 — Next Level Games/Nintendo
  • Untitled Goose Game — House House/Panic
  • Vacation Simulator — Owlchemy Labs
  • Wattam — Funomena/Annapurna Interactive

 

Game Beyond Entertainment

  • Civilization VI: Gathering Storm — Firaxis Games/2K Games
  • Death Stranding — Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) — Ziba Scott, Luigi Guateri, Clark Aboud (Popcannibal)
  • Life Is Strange 2 — Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix
  • Neo Cab — Chance Agency/Fellow Traveller Games
  • Ring Fit Adventure — Nintendo

 

Game Design

  • Baba Is You — Arvi Teikari/Hempuli Oy
  • Control — Remedy Entertainment/505 Games
  • Disco Elysium — ZA/UM
  • Outer Wilds — Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — FromSoftware/Activision
  • Wattam — Funomena/Annapurna Interactive

 

Multiplayer

  • Apex Legends — Brent McLeod, Carlos Pineda (Respawn Entertainment)/Electronic Arts
  • Borderlands 3 — Gearbox Software/2K
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare — Infinity Ward/Activision
  • Luigi's Mansion 3 — Next Level Games/Nintendo
  • Tick Tock: A Tale for Two — Other Tales Interactive
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2 — Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft

 

Music

  • Control — Petri Alakno, Martin Stig Andersen (Remedy Entertainment)/505 Games
  • Death Stranding — Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Disco Elysium — ZA/UM
  • Outer Wilds — Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening — Grezzo/Nintendo
  • Wattam — Asuka Takahashi (Funomena)/Annapurna Interactive

 

Narrative

  • Control — Remedy Entertainment/505 Games
  • Disco Elysium — ZA/UM
  • Life Is Strange 2 — Dontnod Entertainment/Square Enix
  • Outer Wilds — Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive
  • The Outer Worlds — Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarsky (Obsidian Entertainment)/Private Division
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — Aaron Conteras, Matt Michnovetz, Stig Asmussen (Respawn Entertainment)/Electronic Arts

 

Original Property

  • Baba Is You — Arvi Teikari/Hempuli Oy
  • Control — Remedy Entertainment/505 Games
  • Death Stranding — Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Disco Elysium — ZA/UM
  • Outer Wilds — Mobius Digital/Annapurna Interactive
  • Untitled Goose Game — House House/Panic

 

Performer In A Leading Role

  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz in Gears 5
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden in Control
  • Logan Marshall-Green as David in Telling Lies
  • Gonzalo Martin as Sean Diaz in Life Is Strange 2
  • Barry Sloane as Captain Price in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Norman Reedus as Sam in Death Stranding

 

Performer In A Supporting Role

  • Jolene Andersen as Karen Reynolds in Life Is Strange 2
  • Troy Baker as Higgs in Death Stranding
  • Sarah Bartholomew as Cassidy (Lucy Rose Jones) in Life Is Strange 2
  • Ayisha Issa as Fliss in The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
  • Lea Seydoux as Fragile in Death Stranding
  • Martti Suosalo as Ahti the Janitor in Control

 

Technical Achievement

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence — Asobo Studio/Focus Home Interactive
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare — Infinity Ward/Activision
  • Control — Remedy Entertainment/505 Games
  • Death Stranding — Kojima Productions/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Metro Exodus — 4A Games/Deep Silver
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — FromSoftware/Activision

 

EE Mobile Game Of The Year

  • Assemble with Care — Ustwo
  • Call of Duty: Mobile — Timi Studios/Activision
  • Dead Man's Phone — Electric Noir Studios
  • Pokémon Go — The Pokémon Company, Niantic/Nintendo
  • Tangle Tower — SFB Games
  • What the Golf — Triband

 

When is the 16th British Academy Game Awards on?

The 16th British Academy Game Awards will be streamed on all major platforms on Thursday 2 April from 7.30pm.

 

While the show is pre-recorded, none of the nominees will know if they have won until tonight. As such, keep an eye on social media for chatter throughout the night with viewing parties up and down the land.

 

If you missed it, you will be able to catch up on the live stream via the official BAFTA YouTube channel. If you have a TiVo® box or Virgin TV V6 box, powered by TiVo®:, you can watch it on your television:

 

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