gdc 2022

The first annual video game award show of the year, The Game Developers Choice Awards 2022, is right around the corner, and just like the final award shows of 2021 Deathloop and It Takes Two are leading the charts with the most nominations.

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This year’s Game Developers Choice Awards 2022 will be held on March 23rd during the week-long GDC 2022 expo in San Francisco, CA. For now, the expo will be held in person with strict safety measures in place but the GDC has assured that they will work in conjunction with state and local health authorities to adhere to all regulations and guidelines at the time of the event.

The list of nominations is largely dominated by Arkane Studio’s Deathloop with six nominations for or the best audio, best design, innovation, best narrative, best visual art, and game of the year award. While coming in second is Hazelight’s, It Takes Two with 5 nominations in the best design, innovation, best narrative, and social impact categories. 

While Microsoft’s exclusive Forza Horizon came in 3rd place after securing nominations in best audio, best technology, best visual art, and game of the year categories. A whole of other games including some indie titles were also nominated this year. 

The full list of nominations for this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards is as follows:

Game of the year

  1. Inscryption
  2. Forza Horizon 5
  3. Resident Evil Village
  4. Deathloop
  5. It Takes Two

Best debut

  1. Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  2. Valheim
  3. Wildermyth
  4. The Artful Escape
  5. Sable

Best design

  1. It Takes Two
  2. Psychonauts 2
  3. Halo Infinite
  4. Deathloop
  5. Inscryption

Best visual art

  1. Forza Horizon 5
  2. Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  3. Deathloop
  4. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  5. Psychonauts 2

Best audio

  1. Returnal
  2. Unpacking
  3. Deathloop
  4. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. Forza Horizon 5

Best narrative

  1. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  2. Deathloop
  3. It Takes Two
  4. Psychonauts 2
  5. Unpacking

Best technology

  1. Halo Infinite
  2. Forza Horizon 5
  3. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  4. Returnal
  5. Hitman 3

Innovation award

  1. It Takes Two
  2. Wildermyth
  3. Unpacking
  4. Inscryption
  5. Deathloop

Social impact award

  1. Before Your Eyes
  2. It Takes Two
  3. Life is Strange: True Colors
  4. Boyfriend Dungeon
  5. Chicory: A Colorful Tale

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