The top game developers in the industry will vote for the best games of 2012 at GDC 2013.
Organizers have revealed the finalists for the 13th annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the leading peer-based video game event celebrating the industry's top games and developers. Winners in all categories will be honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm at the Moscone Convention Center during the 2013 Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.
Independent titles are heavily represented across multiple categories this year, with games from that segment of the industry being nominated alongside some of the year’s biggest mainstream releases. Overall, Thatgamecompany’s visually-and-aurally stunning emotional adventure Journey leads with nods in six categories: Best Design, Best Downloadable Game, Best Audio, Best Visual, Innovation and Game of the Year. Bethesda Softworks’ and Arkane Studios’ historical revenge epic Dishonored is recognized in four categories, Best Narrative, Best Visual, Best Design and Game of the Year.
Another leading nominee is Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, a post-apocalyptic adventure title based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series of the same name, honored in three categories for this year’s awards: Best Downloadable Game, Best Narrative and Game of the Year. Rounding out the Game of the Year finalists are BioWare and Electronic Arts’ action role-playing game Mass Effect 3, also nominated in the Best Narrative category and Firaxis Games’ and 2K Games’ tactical role-playing strategy title X-COM: Enemy Unknown, also recognized in Best Design.
Additional titles with multiple nominations include Ubisoft Montreal’s Assassin’s Creed III and Microsoft Studios’ and 343 Industries’ Halo 4, long-running franchises which are nominated alongside newcomers like Giant Sparrow’s The Unfinished Swan and Subset Games’ FTL: Faster Than Light.