The Bridge of Spirits leads the nominations

‘Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’, ‘Resident Evil Village’ and ‘Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker’ are among the nominees for Game of the Year.


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Image via Ember Lab

After being open for nominations from August to December 2021, the final nominations for the South by Southwest Gaming Awards were revealed on Tuesday.

As the video game industry grows and games become an increasingly relevant medium, the SXSW Gaming Awards were created to recognize and reward the best video games for their achievements in the artistic, creative, technical and Design. The ninth edition of the competition includes a total of 40 shortlisted titles and 12 unique categories.

The top match for nominations this year is Kena: Bridge of Spirits which is in four separate categories, including Indie Game of the Year. Developed and published by Ember Lab, the release of the magical adventure game was delayed – like many – due to the ongoing pandemic, but it finally launched last September for PC and PlayStation 4. Once it has finally become available, the game has mostly received praise from critics, especially due to its amazing visuals and atmosphere. It currently has a score of 83 on Metacritic. Other titles among the 10 nominees for Best Indie Game are Endless RPG loop hero and the survival game inspired by Norse mythology Valheim.

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The nominees for each of the 12 categories are as follows:

Game of the Year

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
  • It takes two
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Resident Evil Village

Indie Game of the Year

  • Chicory: a colorful story
  • The gate of death
  • Registration
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • loop hero
  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page
  • The way
  • The savage at heart
  • Unpacking
  • Valheim

Tabletop Game of the Year

  • Cascadia
  • Dune: Imperium
  • Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
  • Rolling camera! The movie theater Board game
  • That time you killed me

VR Game of the Year

  • After the fall
  • Demoo
  • Echo Solitaire II
  • Resident Evil 4 VR
  • song in the smoke

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

  • before your eyes
  • Chicory: a colorful story
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Lost Words: Beyond the Page
  • Unpacking

Excellence in animation, art and visual production

  • Death Loop
  • ExoOne
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • The savage at heart

Excellence in Game Design

  • Death Loop
  • Registration
  • loop hero
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Return house mark

Excellence in Original Score

  • The artistic escape
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • The way
  • Wytchwood

Multiplayer Excellence

  • Back 4 Blood
  • Infinite Halo
  • It takes two
  • Republic of Horsemen
  • Valheim Iron

Excellence in Storytelling

  • Death Loop
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Kena: Bridge of Spirits
  • randomly lost

Excellence in Audio Design

  • Forza Horizon 5
  • hell loose
  • Registration
  • Resident Evil Village
  • Twelve Minutes

Excellence in technical achievement

  • before your eyes
  • hell loose
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
  • Return

If you see your favorite 2021 games among these titles, you have a chance to have your say in the final selection for prizes. Until 11:59 p.m. CT next Tuesday, February 8, you can vote for your favorite nominees. Vote on the official SXSW website before time runs out! The Gaming Award takes place on March 12 and you can stream it live via twitch.tv/sxswgaming.


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