God of War and Return of the Obra Dinn take top prizes at this year’s GDC and IGF awards

Sony Santa Monica’s God of War has picked up another Game of the Year award – this time, from the Game Developers Choice Awards. Return of the Obra Dinn secured the award for Best Narrative, while Best Mobile Game went to Florence.

Gris, Red Dead Redemption II, Into the Breach, and Mountains all topped their categories, too.

The GDC Awards – run in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival – is described as the "premier accolades for peer recognition" in the games industry. Here are the winners from both the IGF and DGC awards:

IGF Awards

Excellence in Visual Art – Mirror Drop (Ian Lilley)

Excellence in Audio – Paratopic (Arbitrary Metric)

Excellence in Design – Opus Magnum (Zachtronics)

Excellence in Narrative – Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope)

Nuovo Award – Black Room (Cassie McQuater)

Best Student Game – after HOURS (Bahiyya Khan, Claire Meekel, Tim Flusk, Abi Meekel)

Audience Award – ETHEREAL (Nonsense Arts – Nicolás Recabarren and Tomás Batista)

ID@Xbox Gaming Heroes Award – Jerry Lawson

alt.ctrl.GDC Award – HOT SWAP: All Hands On Deck (Peter Gyory, Clement Zheng)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize – Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope)

GDC Awards

Best Debut – Mountains

Best VR/AR Game – Beat Saber

Best Mobile Game – Florence

Best Narrative – Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Audio – Celeste

Best Technology – Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Visual Art – Gris

Best Design – Into the Breach

Innovation Award – Nintendo Labo

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Amy Hennig to "celebrate her outstanding artistry, creativity, and her incredible impact on game development". Previous recipients include Tim Schafer, Tim Sweeney, Shigeru Miyamoto, Warren Spector, John Carmack, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Hideo Kojima, Sid Meier, Ken Kutaragi, Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk, and Peter Molyneux. Recipients are selected by the Game Developers Choice Special Awards Jury, which includes game industry leaders.

Thanks, PC Gamer.

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