Uncharted 4, Inside, Firewatch lead 2017 BAFTA Games Awards nominees

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Some of the best video games of 2016 were Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Inside and Firewatch, according to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which today announced the nominations for the 2017 British Academy Games Awards.

Those three games garnered eight, seven and six nods, respectively, and they’re all up for Best Game. The other three titles vying for the top honor are Overwatch, Stardew Valley and Titanfall 2. Four titles — Overcooked, Overwatch, The Witness and The Last Guardian — each picked up four nominations. BAFTA’s criteria state that in order to be eligible to be nominated for the 2017 awards, a game had to be released in the U.K. during the 2016 calendar year.

Since these are the British Academy Games Awards, they contain the unique category of British Game. This year’s nominees are Batman: Arkham VR from London-based Rocksteady Studios; Forza Horizon 3 from Playground Games in Leamington Spa, U.K.; No Man’s Sky from Guildford, U.K.-based Hello Games; Overcooked from Cambridge, U.K.-based Ghost Town Games; Planet Coaster from Frontier Developments, also in Cambridge; and Virginia from Variable State, which is based in both Dublin, Ireland, and London.

British comedian Danny Wallace, who happens to have video game voice acting roles in Thomas Was Alone and the Assassin's Creed series, will host the 2017 BAFTA Games Awards. The show will be held on April 6 at Tobacco Dock in London. BAFTA will livestream the awards on its Twitch channel. The show will begin at 6 p.m. GMT; tickets are on sale to the public for £60.

You can see the full list of nominees below.

Artistic Achievement

Abzû (Giant Squid/505 Games)
Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Inside (Playdead/Playdead)
The Last Guardian (SIE Japan Studio, GenDesign/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
Unravel (Coldwood Interactive/Electronic Arts)

Audio Achievement

Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
Doom (id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
Inside (Martin Stig Andersen – Playdead/Playdead)
The Last Guardian (SIE Japan Studio, GenDesign/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
Rez Infinite (Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Takako Ishida, Noboru Mutoh – Enhance Games, Monstars Inc., Resonair/Enhance Games)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)

Best Game

Firewatch (Campo Santo Productions/Campo Santo Productions, Panic Inc.)
Inside (Playdead/Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment)
Stardew Valley (Eric Barone – ConcernedApe/Chucklefish)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)

British Game

Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WB Games)
Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
No Man’s Sky (Hello Games/Hello Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team17 Digital)
Planet Coaster (Frontier Developments/Frontier Developments)
Virginia (Variable State/505 Games)

Debut Game

Firewatch (Campo Santo Productions/Campo Santo Productions, Panic Inc.)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team17 Digital)
Oxenfree (Night School Studio/Night School Studio)
That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games/Numinous Games)
The Witness (Thekla Inc./Thekla Inc.)
Virginia (Variable State/505 Games)

Evolving Game

Destiny: Rise of Iron (Bungie/Activision)
Elite Dangerous: Horizons (Frontier Developments/Frontier Developments)
Eve Online (CCP Games/CCP Games)
Final Fantasy 14 (Square Enix/Square Enix)
Hitman (IO Interactive/Square Enix)
Rocket League (Dave Hagewood, Jeremy Dunham, Corey Davis – Psyonix/Psyonix)

Family

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Mike Taylor, Jamie Eden, James Norton – TT Games/WB Games)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team17 Digital)
The Playroom VR (SIE Japan Studio, Team Asobi!/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
Pokémon Go (Niantic Inc./Niantic Inc.)
Ratchet & Clank (Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
Toca Hair Salon 3 (Toca Boca/Toca Boca)

Game Design

Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Inside (Playdead/Playdead)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
The Witness (Thekla Inc./Thekla Inc.)

Game Innovation

Batman: Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios/WB Games)
Firewatch (Campo Santo Productions/Campo Santo Productions, Panic Inc.)
Pokémon Go (Niantic Inc./Niantic Inc.)
That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games/Numinous Games)
Unseen Diplomacy (Triangular Pixels/Triangular Pixels)
The Witness (Thekla Inc./Thekla Inc.)

Mobile

The Banner Saga 2 (Stoic/Versus Evil)
Dawn of Titans (NaturalMotion/Zynga)
Deus Ex Go (Square Enix Montreal/Square Enix)
Pokémon Go (Niantic Inc./Niantic Inc.)
Pokémon Sun and Moon (Game Freak/The Pokémon Company International)
Reigns (Nerial/Devolver Digital)

Multiplayer

Battlefield 1 (DICE/Electronic Arts)
Forza Horizon 3 (Playground Games/Microsoft Studios)
Overcooked (Ghost Town Games/Team17 Digital)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment)
Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts)
Tom Clancy's The Division (Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)

Music

Abzû (Austin Wintory – Giant Squid/505 Games)
Doom (Mick Gordon, Chris Hite, Chad Mossholder – Id Software/Bethesda Softworks)
Inside (Martin Stig Andersen, Søs Gunver Ryberg – Playdead/Playdead)
The Last Guardian (Takeshi Furukawa – SIE Japan Studio, GenDesign/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Henry Jackman, Jonathan Mayer, Scott Hanau – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
Virginia (Lyndon Holland – Variable State/505 Games)

Narrative

Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks)
Firewatch (Campo Santo Productions/Campo Santo Productions, Panic Inc.)
Inside (Arnt Jensen – Playdead/Playdead)
Mafia 3 (Hangar 13/2K Games)
Oxenfree (Night School Studio/Night School Studio)
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Neil Druckmann, Josh Scherr – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)

Original Property

Firewatch (Campo Santo Productions/Campo Santo Productions, Panic Inc.)
Inside (Playdead/Playdead)
The Last Guardian (SIE Japan Studio, GenDesign/Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment)
Unravel (Coldwood Interactive/Electronic Arts)
The Witness (Thekla Inc./Thekla Inc.)

Performer

Alex Hernandez as Lincoln Clay in Mafia 3
Cissy Jones as Delilah in Firewatch
Emily Rose as Elena Fisher in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Navid Negahban as ‘Hajj Agha’ in 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Nolan North as Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Troy Baker as Sam Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare To Be Digital

Among the Stones (Lukasz Gomula, Alberto Taiuti, James Wood, Roberton Macken, Kevin McKenna, Rory Sweeney – Bluedoor Games)
Pentagrab (Andrew Fullarton, Thomas Slade, Nick Kondylis, Cari Watterton, Dale Smith – Ludico)
Rebound (Kieran Gallagher, Isaac Pringle, Mark Tempini, Andrew Graham, Alexander Macdiarmid, Vladislav Veselinov, Craig Russell, Alexandra Donaldson – Hexterion)

AMD Esports Audience Award (Public Voted)

Clash Royale (Supercell/Supercell)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Hidden Path Entertainment/Valve)
Dota 2 (Valve/Valve)
League of Legends (Riot Games/Riot Games)
Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment/Blizzard Entertainment)
Street Fighter 5 (Capcom, Dimps/Capcom)

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