Tonight, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was honored with the coveted Game of the Year award during the 15th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. The mobile puzzle game Monument Valley left with the most awards of the night, including the Best Visual Art, Innovation and Best Handheld/Mobile Game awards. Other notable winners honored during the ceremony include Alien Isolation, whose score won Best Audio, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, which took home the Best Design award, and Destiny, which was recognized with the Best Technology award.
The awards ceremony also celebrated developers who have contributed to the art, science and craft of video games. David Braben received the Pioneer Award for co-creating the seminal ‘open world’ 3D space trading game Elite in the early 1980s. The Ambassador Award was presented to game designer and academic Brenda Romero for her work in the video game industry for over the past 30 years. Finally, the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series and founder and president of Mistwalker.
Tonight, the celestial exploration game Outer Wilds was honored with the Seumas McNally Grand Prize award at the 2015 Independent Games Festival hosted by the Game Developers Conference. Outer Wilds also won the Excellence in Design award.
Other achievements that were recognized during the awards ceremony include the Excellence in Visual Art award won by Patrick Smith for his fresh take on the alphabet in Metamorphabet, and the Excellence in Audio award presented to SuperChop Games for the original soundtrack to Ephemerid: A Musical Adventure. Additionally, the Nuovo Award for abstract and unconventional games was awarded to Tetrageddon Games by Nathalie Lawhead, the Best Narrative award went to 80 Days by developer inkle, and the Best Student Game was awarded to Close Your by Goodbye World Games. Finally, the Audience Award was presented to This War of Mine from 11 bit studios for their fresh take on the survival game genre.
Yacht Club Games today revealed that Shovel Knight will be coming to Xbox One in April, and he’s bringing some friends. In collaboration with Microsoft and Rare, the Battletoads will appear in the Xbox One version of the game.
inXile Entertainment today announced their crowdfunded RPG Wasteland 2 will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Wasteland 2 Game of the Year Edition will be available this summer.
For the Game of the Year Edition, inXile has ported Wasteland 2 to Unity 5, which has let them overhaul the game with some new visual effects, improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity 5’s physically based shading to get more realistic lighting and shadowing.
You’ll be able to customize your squad even more with our new Perks and Quirks (traits) to add unique bonuses and characteristics. The new Precision Strike (aimed shots) system will let you target individual body parts to cripple or stun enemies, or shatter their armor so you can mop them up, giving you even more options in combat.
Wired Productions today announced that Super Dungeon Bros, a rock-themed co-op dungeon brawler, is coming to Xbox One as well as Windows 10 via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program. Developed by React Games, Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first games to take advantage of the cross-device multiplayer gameplay between Xbox One and Windows 10 PC systems.
Motiga announced today it has partnered with Microsoft to publish its competitive action game, Gigantic, on Windows 10 and Xbox One later this year.
Gigantic, where teams of five players fight fantasy battles alongside a five-story-tall guardian monster, will be a launch title for Microsoft’s release of Windows 10 and release simultaneously (or nearly so) on Xbox One.
The game is free to play on Xbox One with Xbox Live Gold and Windows 10 PC and is currently undergoing alpha testing.
Frontier Developments today announced plans to bring the massively multiplayer space simulation Elite: Dangerous to Xbox One in 2015. Elite: Dangerous for Xbox One will include all content added to the PC version by February’s Community Goals content update and March’s Wings content update.
Zen Studios today revealed that its digital pinball platform, Pinball FX2, will be available as a launch title for Windows 10. Collaborating with Microsoft via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program, Zen worked to ensure the title will support cross-buy on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices. With cross-buy, players will be able purchase a Pinball FX2 table once on either Windows 10 enabled devices or on Xbox One consoles, and play it on the other platform at no additional charge.
Paradox Interactive has released a new trailer for Magicka 2, the forthcoming magick-mixing game for PC and PlayStation 4. The trailer, containing all-new gameplay and allegedly new ideas, celebrates the upcoming launch of Magicka 2, which will arrive on PC and PS4 on May 26th. The game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders starting soon. Magicka 2 will be available for $14.99 on both platforms.
Konami announced that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be released on September 1st for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game will also be available two weeks later, on September 15th, for PC. Konami will release both a special ‘Day 1 Edition’ and a limited ‘Collector’s Edition’, which will include the following items:
‘Day 1 Edition’ Content
‘Collector’s Edition’ Content