A good night for Witcher III and Her Story at 2016 Develop Awards

The developers behind The Witcher III: Wild Hunt and Her Story have emerged as this year’s big winners at The Develop Awards.

Following a voting process by more than 90 influential industry figures, Polish studio CD Projekt Red took home four gongs tonight with The Witcher III earning the team prizes for Use of a Licence or IP and Visual Arts. The developer itself also won Independent Studio and the special Studio of the Year award, which is chosen by the Develop team.

Work on The Witcher III also spelled victory for D3T, which won Creative Outsourcer: Visual & Development for its work on the game’s PS4 port, and Side, which won Creative Outsourcer: Audio.

Sam Barlow, meanwhile, earned accolades for New Games IP – PC/Console, Use of Narrative and Micro Studio.

Other winners include Space Ape Games, The Chinese Room, Devolver Digital, Unreal Engine 4, Rocksteady, Triangular Pixels – and, of course, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima received the biggest honour of the night: Development Legend.

The triumphant developers and service firms were handed their awards during tonight’s awards ceremony at the Hilton Brighton Metropole in front of hundreds of fellow games makers and industry representatives.

A huge thanks to all our partners this year: CV Bay, MoGi Group, Amiqus, Epic Games, Unity, Sumo Digital, Crytek, Perforce, Games London, UKIE, King, OPM, Keywords Studios, Nordeus, Aardvark Swift and Develop: Brighton.

You can find the full list of winners below:


New Games IP – PC/Console
Her Story – Sam Barlow

New Games IP – Mobile
Rival Kingdoms – Space Ape Games

Use of a Licence or IP
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt Red

Visual Arts
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – CD Projekt Red

Audio Accomplishment
Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture – The Chinese Room

Use of Narrative
Her Story – Sam Barlow


Design & Creativity Tool
Wwise – Audiokinetic

Production Tool
Perforce – Perforce Software

Unreal Engine 4 – Epic Games

Player Research

QA & Localisation

Creative Outsourcer: Visual & Development
D3T – The Witcher III (PS4)

Creative Outsourcer: Audio
Side – The Witcher III



Publishing Hero
Devolver Digital

Micro Studio
Sam Barlow

Independent Studio
CD Projekt Red

In-House Studio

New Studio
Triangular Pixels


Studio of the Year
CD Projekt Red

Development Legend
Hideo Kojima

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