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Yesterday, organizers for the 17th annual GDC Awards announced their nominations in 10 categories recognizing the top games, studios, and developers from around the industry.

Leading the way is my personal pick for Game of the Year, Playdead’s sophomore effort Inside with six noms, including GDC’s Game of the Year. Blizzard’s Overwatch and indie Campo Santo’s Firewatch (no relation) come up next with nods in five categories, also including Game of the Year. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (four nominations) and Dishonored 2 (two nominations) round out the Game of the Year field. Nominations in all categories can be seen below.

It was also announced that the legendary Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine Productions, would be returning to host the show this year. This will be Tim’s sixth time hosting the show, continuing a pattern of him hosting every other year since 2007.

The GDC Awards are determined each year by the International Choice Awards Network, an invitation-only organization started by the folks behind GDC, and which is comprised of leading game creators from all parts of the industry. Any video game released via any medium within the calendar year of 2016 was eligible for this year’s awards. All ICAN members can nominate games, and when combined with the votes of a 22-member awards advisory board, lead to the nominations and winners in each category.

The GDC Awards will be held on March 1, 2017, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, starting at 6:30 PM PT. Here now is the full list of nominees at this year’s show.

BEST AUDIO 

  • Battlefield 1
  • Thumper
  • DOOM
  • Inside
  • Overwatch

BEST DEBUT

  • Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter)
  • Campo Santo (Firewatch)
  • ConcernedApe (Stardew Valley)
  • Drool (Thumper)
  • Night School Studio (Oxenfree)

BEST DESIGN

  • Overwatch
  • Dishonored 2
  • The Witness
  • Inside
  • DOOM

BEST MOBILE/HANDHELD GAME

  • Super Mario Run
  • Clash Royale
  • Pokémon GO
  • Reigns
  • Pokémon Sun/Moon

INNOVATION AWARD

  • The Witness
  • Inside
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Firewatch
  • Pokémon GO

BEST NARRATIVE

  • The Last Guardian
  • Oxenfree
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Inside
  • Firewatch

BEST TECHNOLOGY 

  • Battlefield 1
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Overwatch
  • DOOM
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

BEST VISUAL ART

  • Firewatch
  • The Last Guardian
  • Overwatch
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Inside

BEST VR/AR GAME

  • Rez Infinite
  • Superhot VR
  • Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives
  • Pokémon GO
  • Fantastic Contraption

GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Overwatch
  • Inside
  • Dishonored 2
  • Firewatch

Tim Schafer hopes to return to his metal-inspired IP Brütal Legend one day, Double Fine Productions’ head said yesterday during a Gamespot live stream.

“I love that world, and I would love to go back there,” Schafer said during a Let’s Play of his latest title, Broken Age. He also mentioned Jack Black might be interested in returning to the franchise as well.

Black lent his voice (and likeness) as Brütal Legend’s main protagonist, Eddie Riggs, a legendary roadie who is transported to a world built on the tenets of metal (the music genre, not the solid material that is typically hard, opaque, shiny, and features good electrical and thermal conductivity). Along with Black, the game starred some of metal’s biggest names, including Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, and Ozzy Osbourne.

While the game sold more than a million copies and had good critical reception, it was not considered a commercial success, costing $25 million to make. Because of this, raising that much money for a sequel “might be tricky,” according to Schafer.

Even though a true sequel may be out of the question for the moment, Schafer went on to talk about how he’d like to do a DLC pack centered around General Lionwhyte, a demented character that looked like David Bowie, and who used his massive hair to fly. He was also one of the characters voiced by Rob Halford.

Lionwhyte’s Hair Metal Militia had always been an AI-controlled faction, so DLC where you could play as them in multiplayer could work (and would be welcome).

Brütal Legend was originally released on Xbox 360 and PS3 back in October 2009, and was ported to PC early last year.

THE BUZZ: Tim Schafer let everyone know what some of the funds from his Kickstarter funded adventure game will be going to.

EGM’S TAKE: In an entertaining as always video, Tim Schafer let the universe know that aside from being available on Steam, the game will also be available on iOS and Android platforms. All the extra funds will also allow for English voice actors and for the text in the game to be translated into French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

As the project rapidly (it literally made another $1,000 in the time it took me to write this article) approaches the $1.9 million mark at the posting of this article, I for one cannot wait to see what Schafer and company can come up with considering that is near the same budget as Stacking.

What do you folks think? Are you amped for this game? How about that it will come to iOS and Android? Let us know what you think below!

Originally Published: November 12, 2010, on ClassicGameRoom.com

As a part of CGR Undertow, I reviewed the new downloadable title from Tim Schafer’s Double Fine Productions, Costume Quest, for XBLA.