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Published on February 1st, 2022 | by gareth

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Sony Scores Several SXSW Game Award Nominations.

The interesting lineup for SXSW Game Awards has been revealed and Sony has lots to be proud of as do other publishers.

SXSW GAME OF THE YEAR

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker SQUARE ENIX® SQUARE ENIX®
It Takes Two Hazelight Electronic Arts
Psychonauts 2 Double Fine Productions Xbox Game Studios
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Insomniac Games Sony Interactive Entertainment
Resident Evil Village Capcom Capcom

INDIE GAME OF THE YEAR

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Chicory: A Colorful Tale Greg Lobanov Finji
Death’s Door Acid Nerve Devolver Digital
Inscryption Daniel Mullins Games Devolver Digital
Kena: Bridge of Spirits Ember Lab Ember Lab
Loop Hero Four Quarters Devolver Digital
Lost Words: Beyond the Page Sketchbook Games Modus Games
The Medium Bloober Team Bloober Team
The Wild At Heart Moonlight Kids Humble Games
Unpacking Witch Beam Humble Games
Valheim Iron Gate Studio Coffee Stain Publishing

TABLETOP GAME OF THE YEAR

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Cascadia Randy Flyn, Beth Sobel, Dylan Mangini, Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, Kevin Russ, and Shawn Stankewich Flatout Games
Dune: Imperium Dire Wolf Digital Dire Wolf Digital
Oath: Chronicles of
Empire & Exile
Cole Wehrle Leder Games
Roll Camera! The Filmmaking Board Game Malachi Ray Rempen Keen Bean Studio
That Time You Killed Me Peter C. Hayward, Jeff Fraser, and Alex Cutler Pandasaurus Games

VR GAME OF THE YEAR

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
After The Fall Vertigo Games Vertigo Games
Demeo Resolution Games Resolution Games
Lone Echo II Ready at Dawn Oculus Studios
Resident Evil 4 VR Armature Studio Oculus Studios
Song in the Smoke 17-BIT 17-BIT

MATTHEW CRUMP CULTURAL INNOVATION AWARD
Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Before Your Eyes GoodbyeWorld Games Skybound Games
Chicory: A Colorful Tale Greg Lobanov Finji
Life is Strange: True Colors Deck Nine Games SQUARE ENIX®
Lost Words: Beyond the Page Sketchbook Games Modus Games
Unpacking Witch Beam Humble Games

EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION, ART, & VISUAL ACHIEVEMENT

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Deathloop Arkane Lyon Bethesda Softworks
Exo One Exbleative Future Friends Games
Forza Horizon 5 Playground Games Xbox Game Studios
Kena: Bridge of Spirits Ember Lab Ember Lab
The Wild At Heart Moonlight Kids Humble Games

EXCELLENCE IN GAME DESIGN

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Deathloop Arkane Lyon Bethesda Softworks
Inscryption Daniel Mullins Games Devolver Digital
Loop Hero Four Quarters Bethesda Softworks
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Insomniac Games Sony Interactive Entertainment
Returnal Housemarque Sony Interactive Entertainment

EXCELLENCE IN ORIGINAL SCORE

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
The Artful Escape Beethoven & Dinosaur Annapurna Interactive
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker SQUARE ENIX® SQUARE ENIX®
Kena: Bridge of Spirits Ember Lab Ember Lab
The Medium Bloober Team Bloober Team
Wytchwood Alientrap Games Whitethorn Games

EXCELLENCE IN MULTIPLAYER

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Back 4 Blood Turtle Rock Studios Warner Bros. Games
Halo Infinite 343 Industries Xbox Game Studios
It Takes Two Hazelight Electronic Arts
Riders Republic Ubisoft Annecy Ubisoft
Valheim Iron Gate Studio Coffee Stain Publishing

EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVE

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Deathloop Arkane Lyon Bethesda Softworks
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker SQUARE ENIX® SQUARE ENIX®
Marvel’s Guardians of the
Galaxy
Eidos-Montréal SQUARE ENIX®
Kena: Bridge of Spirits Ember Lab Ember Lab
Lost in Random Zoink Games Electronic Arts

EXCELLENCE IN AUDIO DESIGN

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Forza Horizon 5 Playground Games Xbox Game Studios
Hell Let Loose Black Matter Team17
Inscryption Daniel Mullins Games Devolver Digital
Resident Evil Village Capcom Capcom
Twelve Minutes Luis Antonio Annapurna Interactive

EXCELLENCE IN TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

GAME DEVELOPER PUBLISHER
Before Your Eyes GoodbyeWorld Games Skybound Games
Hell Let Loose Black Matter Team17
Forza Horizon 5 Playground Games Xbox Game Studios
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Insomniac Games Sony Interactive Entertainment
Returnal Housemarque Sony Interactive Entertainment

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