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GDC Awards Game of the Year winner will surprise nobody

by Ron Duwell | March 24, 2018March 24, 2018 10:00 am PST

2017 had a very clear set of “Game of the Year” contenders for the awards season, and five of the six general frontrunners made their way into the nomination at GDC this week. Only Persona 5, which also topped a lot of lists, didn’t make the cut.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Horizon Zero Dawn, NieR Automata, and PUBG all entered the convention as nominees, and of course, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild walked away with the Game of the Year award. Nintendo’s hit also snagged up awards for Best Audio and Best Design.

StudioMDHR also walked away with a feather in its cap for Best Debut thanks to a strong showing from its indie hit, Cuphead. Its game also won for Best Visual Art.

See the full list of winners below.

2018 GDC Awards Winners

Game of the Year

  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • Nier: Automata
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Super Mario Odyssey

Best Audio

  • Cuphead
  • Nier: Automata
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 
  • Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Debut

  • Team Cherry (Hollow Knight)
  • Sidebar Games (Golf Story)
  • StudioMDHR (Cuphead)
  • Infinite Fall (Night in the Woods)
  • Jason Roberts / Buried Signal (Gorogoa)

Best Design

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 
  • Nier: Automata

Innovation Award

  • Gorogoa 
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • What Remains of Edith Finch
  • Everything
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Best Mobile Game

  • Reigns: Her Majesty
  • Hidden Folks
  • Monument Valley 2
  • Gorogoa 
  • Bury Me, My Love

Best Narrative

  • Night in the Woods
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • What Remains of Edith Finch 
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus

Best Technology

  • Destiny 2
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Assassin’s Creed: Origins
  • Horizon Zero Dawn 
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Best Visual Art

  • Persona 5
  • Cuphead 
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Night in the Woods

Best VR/AR Game

  • Superhot VR  
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  • Lone Echo
  • Resident Evil 7
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
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