BAFTA Games Awards 2018 nominates the best of British video game creativity

The British Academy of Television and Film Awards (BAFTA) have announced nominations for their 2018 British Academy Games Awards, nominating 45 games from the past 12 months, with world-renowned British developers Ninja Theory scooping nine nominations for their highly-acclaimed 2017 release Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

As well as being nominated for both Best Game – against highly-acclaimed and extremely popular Nintendo sequels The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey – and Best British Game, it has been honoured with nominations for artistic, audio, innovation and writing achievements. It has also garnered a nomination for the British Academy Games Awards' new category, 'Game Beyond Entertainment', which seeks to recognise video games that deal with issues outside of the usual scope of the medium. Hellblade has been recognised by critics for its exploration and depiction of a character suffering with mental health issues. It was developed with the help of neuroscientists and mental health specialists. The game also features a woman as the lead character in a year where hit games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Life is Strange: Before the Storm all contained strong female leads. This was also evident in the lone category for voice and acting talent which included six nominees, five of which were women.

Other British nominees include ustwo games for mobile puzzle game sequel Monument Valley 2 (three nominations); Nerial Ltd for the comic conspiracy story of Reigns: Her Majesty, Cavalier Game Studios with Spanish studio Tequila Works for murder-mystery exploration The Sexy Brutale (two nominations); Rebellion for war shooter Sniper Elite 4; Creative Assembly for strategy follow-up Total War: Warhammer II; TT Games for adventure installment of the Lego franchise Lego Worlds; Glitchers for their contributor to dementia research, Sea Hero Quest VR; Playdemic for sport sim Golf Clash; State of Play for soothing puzzle game Kami 2; and Boneloaf for absurd multiplayer party game Gang Beasts. British actor Abubakar Salim was also nominated for his voice talent as Bayek for the latest in the long-running and bestselling Assassin's Creed series, Assassin's Creed: Origins

The full list of British nominees for each category are below.

British Game

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice – Development Team: Ninja Theory LtdMonument Valley 2 – Development Team: ustwo gamesReigns: Her Majesty – Leigh Alexander, François Alliot, Arnaud De Bock: Nerial LtdThe Sexy Brutale – Charles Griffiths, James Griffiths, Tom Lansdale: Cavalier Game Studios and Tequila WorksSniper Elite 4 – Development Team: Rebellion Total War: Warhammer II – Development Team: Creative Assembly

Artistic Achievement

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice – Development Team: Ninja Theory Ltd

Audio Achievement

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice – David Garcia Diaz: Ninja Theory Ltd

Best Game

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice – Development Team: Ninja Theory Ltd

Debut Game

The Sexy Brutale – Charles Griffiths, James Griffiths, Tom Lansdale: Cavalier Game Studios and Tequila Works

Family

Lego Worlds – Development Team: TT GamesMonument Valley 2 – Development Team: ustwo games

Game Beyond Entertainment

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice – Development Team: Ninja Theory LtdSea Hero Quest VR – Matthew Hyde, Max Scott-Slade, Hugo Scott-Slade – Glitchers

Game Innovation

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice – Development Team: Ninja Theory Ltd

Mobile Game

Golf Clash – Paul Gouge, Alex Rigby, Gareth Jones: PlaydemicKami 2 – Development Team: State of PlayMonument Valley 2 – Development Team: ustwo games

Multiplayer

Gang Beasts – Development Team: Boneloaf

Music

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice – David Garcia Diaz, Andy LaPlegua: Ninja Theory Ltd/ Ninja Theory Ltd

Narrative

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice – Tameem Antoniades: Ninja Theory Ltd

Performer

Abubakar Salim as Bayek in Assassin’s Creed Origins (British actor for a Canadian game)Melina Juergens as Senua in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (German actress for a British game)

Image of Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice by ustwo games from BAFTA

 

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