Academy members begin voting for the video game industry’s premier peer-based awards show Thursday, January 14th at 3 PM PST; the winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 18, at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas at the conclusion of the 2016 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit (#DICE2016).

This year, the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will honor Satoru Iwata as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Also being honored this year as the Hall of Fame recipient is Hideo Kojima, world-renowned game creator and auteur recognized for the best-selling Metal Gear series.

“Looking at the nominees for the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, I am especially impressed by the broad range of titles catering to gamers’ increasingly sophisticated and diverse tastes,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “It is always gratifying to watch our industry and its many artists and craftsmen grow and continue to challenge and thrill audiences. February 18th will be another memorable celebration of the best in interactive entertainment bolstered by the playful humor of host Pete Holmes.”

Fifty-three games received a D.I.C.E. nomination, representing a range of different platforms from teams of developers both large and small. Leading the count with nine nominations is Rise of the Tomb Raider. Several games received multiple nods, including: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with eight nominations; Ori and the Blind Forest with six nominations; Fallout 4 receiving five nominations; Her StoryThe Order: 1886 and Stars Wars Battlefront each with four nominations; Batman: Arkham Knight, Destiny: The Taken KingRocket LeagueLara Croft GO, Life is Strange, and Undertale with three each. Game of the Year finalists include: Bloodborne, Fallout 4Ori and the Blind ForestRise of the Tomb Raider, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Game of the Year

  • Bloodborne (Sony Computer Entertainment America/FromSoftware)
  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Softworks )
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft/Moon Studios)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Project Red)

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Fallout 4 (Bethesda Softworks )
  • Life is Strange (Square Enix/DONTNOD Entertainment)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (CD Project Red)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment/Rocksteady Studios)
  • Life is Strange (Square Enix/DONTNOD Entertainment)
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Konami/Kojima Productions)
  • Ori and the Blind Forest (Microsoft/Moon Studios)
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix/Crystal Dynamics)

Action Game of the Year

  • Destiny: The Taken King (Activision/Bungie)
  • Helldivers (Sony Computer Entertainment America/Arrowhead Game Studios)
  • Just Cause 3 (Square Enix/Avalanche Studios )
  • Star Wars Battlefront (EA/DICE)
  • Splatoon (Nintendo)

Mobile Game of the Year

  • DomiNations (Nexon M/Big Huge Games)
  • Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Softworks )
  • Lara Croft GO (Square Enix)
  • PAC-MAN 256 (Hipster Whale/Bandai Namco)
  • The Room Three (Fireproof Studios)

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

  • Her Story (Sam Barlow
  • GALAK-Z (17-BIT)
  • Kerbal Space Program (Squad)
  • Rocket League (Psyonix)
  • Undertale (Toby Fox)

The complete list of Awards categories, finalists, and game maker credits is available here.


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