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‘Overwatch’ wins big at annual D.I.C.E awards

Overwatch and Uncharted 4 were the favorites

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) officially announced the recipients of the D.I.C.E. Awards for the best games from 2016. Earning Game of the Year was the popular FPS “Overwatch” by Blizzard Entertainment. The awards were unveiled at the annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, held at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas earlier this evening.

The AIAS membership honored games in 24 award categories, the big winners of the night were “Overwatch” and “Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End,” which both received four awards each. The game “INSIDE: won three awards, including the D.I.C.E. Sprite Award, which recognizes a game with limited resources for development and exposure (as compared to AAA titles).

Other top honorees were “Pokémon GO” for Mobile Game of the Year, “Steep” for Game of the Year, “Street Fighter V” for Fighting Game of the Year and “Dark Souls III” for RPG/MMO Game of the Year. Winners for newly added awards that recognized achievement and innovation in virtual reality and augmented reality games, included “SUPERHOT VR” for Immersive Reality Game of the Year and “Eagle Flight” for Immersive Reality Technical Achievement.

“For the past 20 years, the D.I.C.E. Awards have been bringing together the most talented, innovative and inspiring minds in interactive entertainment to recognize and celebrate the industry’s most outstanding achievements,” said Mike Fischer, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “We’re thrilled to congratulate all of this year’s award winners whose incredible games have amazed and entertained fans worldwide, and are truly an inspiration to us all.”

In addition to the awards for the industry’s best games and creators from the previous year, the D.I.C.E. Awards also honored Todd Howard, Executive Producer and Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, as the 22nd inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have been instrumental in the development of highly influential games. Howard was recognized for having created some of the industry’s most successful games by pioneering open-world gameplay, and played a key role in the creative direction and growth of highly-regarded franchises, including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Both are known for their experiential approach to world-building and storytelling, and have earning multiple D.I.C.E. Awards throughout the years.

The complete list of winners includes:

Game of the Year: Overwatch

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction: INSIDE

Publisher: Playdead
Developer: Playdead

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design: Overwatch

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement: Eagle Flight

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: FunHouse

Immersive Reality Game of the Year: SUPERHOT VR

Publisher: SUPERHOT Sp. z o.o.
Developer: SUPERHOT Sp. z o.o.

Mobile Game of the Year: Pokémon GO

Publisher: Niantic Labs
Developer: Niantic Labs

Handheld Game of the Year: Pokémon Sun and Moon

Publisher: The Pokémon Company
Developer: Game Freak

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award: INSIDE

Publisher: Playdead
Developer: Playdead

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay: Overwatch

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year: Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Firaxis Games

Sports Game of the Year: Steep

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Annecy

Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year: Dark Souls III

Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.
Developer: FromSoftware, Inc.

Racing Game of the Year: Forza Horizon 3

Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Developer: Playground Games, Turn 10 Studios

Fighting Game of the Year: Street Fighter V

Publisher: Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
Developer: Capcom

Family Game of the Year: Ratchet & Clank

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Insomniac Games

Adventure Game of the Year: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
Developer: Naughty Dog

Action Game of the Year: Overwatch

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Outstanding Technical Achievement: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
Developer: Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Story: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
Developer: Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design: Battlefield 1

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Dice

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition: DOOM

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Developer: id Software

Outstanding Achievement in Character: The Last Guardian – Trico

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
Developer: JAPAN Studio

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction: INSIDE

Publisher: Playdead
Developer: Playdead

Outstanding Achievement in Animation: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment America
Developer: Naughty Dog