Awards to be livestreamed on February 6 at 7:30PM PT
The 17th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards take place in Las Vegas from February 4 to February 7 and the nominations have been announced by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Last year the Sony exclusive Journey was up for 11 awards, and went on to win game of the year. This year we see another Sony exclusive, The Last of Us, with 13 nominations.
No word on who will be hosting the awards this year, but I’m hoping to see a return of Chris Hardwick, founder of Nerdist.com. He absolutely killed it as host last year. I’m also hoping another drunk developer crashes the stage again (2:07:30).
The award ceremony will be taking place on February 6 and will be livestreamed starting at 7:30PM PT.
Here’s the full list of categories and awards:
Game of the YearAssassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag Bioshock Infinite Grand Theft Auto V The Last of Us The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Outstanding Achievement in Game DirectionBrothers – A Tale of Two Sons Grand Theft Auto V Papers, Please Tearaway The Last of Us
Outstanding Innovation in GamingGrand Theft Auto V Papers, Please Tearaway The Last of Us The Stanley Parable
Adventure Game of the YearAssassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag Tearaway The Last of Us The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Tomb Raider
Action Game of the YearBattlefield 4 Bioshock Infinite Dead Rising 3 DmC: Devil May Cry RESOGUN
Downloadable Game of the YearBrothers – A Tale of Two Sons Far Cry 3: Blood DragonGone Home Papers, Please The Stanley Parable
Online Game of the YearBattlefield 4 Borderlands 2 Diablo IIIThe Last of UsWorld of Tanks
Outstanding Achievement in Original Music CompositionBeyond: Two Souls Bioshock Infinite Puppeteer rain Rayman Legends
Outstanding Achievement in Sound DesignBattlefield 4 Bioshock Infinite God of War: Ascension Grand Theft Auto V The Last of Us
Outstanding Achievement in StoryBeyond: Two Souls Bioshock InfiniteThe Last of Us The Novelist Tomb Raider
Outstanding Character PerformanceGrand Theft Auto V Ryse The Last of UsThe last of Us The Stanley Parable
Casual Game of the YearCandy Box Peggle 2 Plants VS Zombies 2 Rayman Fiesta Run Ridiculous Fishing
Role-Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the YearDiablo III Dota 2Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Pokémon X & Y
Sports Game of the YearFIFA 14 Madden NFL 25 MLB 13 The Show NBA 2K14 NHL 14
Racing Game of the YearForza Motorsport 5 Gran Turismo 6 Grid 2 Need for Speed Rivals Real Racing 3
Fighting Game of the YearDivekick Injustice: Gods Among Us Killer Instinct
Strategy/Simulation Game of the YearEuropa Universalis 4 Fire Emblem: AwakeningSid Meier’s Civilization V: Brave New World StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm XCOM: Enemy Within
Family Game of the YearDisney Infinity LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Rayman Legends Skylanders Swap Force Super Mario 3D World
Mobile Game of the YearFetch Flick Kick Football LegendsPlants VS Zombies 2 Ridiculous Fishing The Wolf Among Us
Handheld Game of the YearFire Emblem: Awakening Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Pokémon X & Y Tearaway The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Outstanding Achievement in AnimationAssassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag Beyond: Two Souls Puppeteer Rayman Legends The Last of Us
Outstanding Achievement in Art DirectionBioshock Infinite Puppeteer Rayman LegendsTearaway The Last of Us
Outstanding Achievement in Visual EngineeringAssassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag Battlefield 4Grand Theft Auto V Ryse The Last of Us
Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay EngineeringAssassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag Forza Motorsport 5 Grand Theft Auto V Super Mario 3D World The Last of Us
Game designer Eugene Jarvis (Defender, Robotron: 2084) will also be receiving the Pioneer Award for his contributions from the golden age of the arcade and beyond.