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Earlier today The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the nominees for the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted by Nerdist News host Jessica Chobot and Kinda Funny co-founder Greg Miller, will be held on Thursday, February 23rd in Las Vegas starting at 7:30pm PST/10:30pm EST. It will be streamed live via http://live.interactive.org/.

The winners will be nominated by the Academy’s 33,000+ members tomorrow but it looks like there might be a few favorites such as Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, who leads all nominees with 10 nominations including Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design and Outstanding Achievement in Story and indie game INSIDE who follows close behind with 9 nominations including Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design and Outstanding Achievement in Animation. Also nominated for multiple awards are Overwatch, Battlefield 1, The Last Guardian, FirewatchTitanfall 2, Pokémon Go and That Dragon, Cancer.

According to the AIAS the press release, there will also be two additional awards that “will honor emerging technology.” These categories are Immersive Reality Game of the Year and Immersive Reality Technical Achievement Award. We don’t know who the nominees are just yet, but we’ll update this list as soon as we find out!

Personally, I’m pulling for Dragon Quest Builders to win all the awards. Dragon Quest is definitely a series that should get more awards here in the west.

Let’s get to the nominees!

GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • INSIDE (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Pokémon Go (Niantic/The Pokémon Company)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GAME DIRECTION

  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (iNK Stories)
  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • INSIDE (Playdead)
  • The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)

D.I.C.E SPRITE AWARD

  • 1979 Revolution: Black Friday (iNK Stories)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • INSIDE (Playdead)
  • SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Sp. z o.o)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)

ADVENTURE GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • INSIDE (Playdead)
  • King’s Quest: The Complete Collection (The Odd Gentlemen/Activision)
  • The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)

ACTION GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • DOOM (iD Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • Gears of War 4 (The Coalition/Microsoft Studios)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertertainment/Electronic Arts)

MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Clash Royale (Supercell)
  • Crashlands (Butterscotch Shenanigans)
  • Gardenscapes – New Acres (Playrix Games)
  • Pokémon Go (Niantic/The Pokémon Company)
  • Reigns (Nerial Ltd./Devolver Digital)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION

  • INSIDE (Playdead)
  • The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Street Fighter V (Capcom/Capcom U.S.A.)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • INSIDE (Playdead)
  • The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHARACTER

  • Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareNick Reyes (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • FirewatchDelilah (Campo Santo)
  • FirewatchHenry (Campo Santo)
  • The Last GuardianTrico (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s EndNathan Drake (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION

  • ABZÛ (Giant Squid/505 Games)
  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • DOOM (iD Software/Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND DESIGN

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • INSIDE (Playdead)
  • The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio/Sony Interactive)
  • Quantum Break (Remedy Eterntainment/Microsoft Studios)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN STORY

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo)
  • INSIDE (Playdead)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)

FAMILY GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (TT Games/Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive)
  • Rock Band Rivals (Harmonix Music Systems)
  • Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS (Nintendo)

FIGHTING GAME OF THE YEAR

  • EA Sports UFC 2 (EA Canada/Electronic Arts)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- (Arc Systems Works/Aksys Games Localization)
  • Killer Instinct: Season 3 (Iron Galaxy/Microsoft Studios)
  • Pokkén Tournament (BANDAI NAMCO/Nintendo)
  • Street Fighter V Street Fighter V (Capcom/Capcom U.S.A.)

RACING GAME OF THE YEAR

  • DRIVECLUB VR (Evolution Studios/Sony Interactive)
  • Forza Horizons 3 (Playground Games & Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios)

ROLE-PLAYING/MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Dark Souls 3 (FromSoftware/BANDAI NAMCO)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Eidos Montreal/Square Enix)
  • Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)
  • World of Warcraft: Legion (Blizzard Entertainment)

SPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR

  • EA Sports FIFA 17 (EA Canada/Electronic Arts)
  • Madden NFL 17 (EA Tiburon/Electronic Arts)
  • MLB The Show 16 (Sony San Diego Studio/Sony Interactive)
  • NBA 2K17 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • Steep (Ubisoft Annecy/Ubisoft)

STRATEGY/SIMULATION GAME OF THE YEAR

  • The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic Studio/Versus Evil)
  • Deus Ex GO (Square Enix Montreal/Square Enix)
  • Fire Emblem™ Fates (Nintendo & Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (Fireaxis Games/2K)
  • XCOM 2 (Fireaxis Games/2K)

HANDHELD GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Dragon Quest Builders (Square Enix)
  • Fire Emblem™ Fates (Nintendo & Intelligent Systems/Nintendo)
  • Kirby: Planet Robobot (HAL Laboratory & Nintendo/Nintendo)
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon (GAME FREAK/Nintendo)
  • Severed (DrinkBox Studios)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ONLINE GAMEPLAY

  • Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GAME DESIGN

  • I Expect You To Die (Schell Games)
  • INSIDE (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Owlboy (D-Pad Studio)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive)
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