The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Takes Top Honor at 2016 GDC Awards
Last night, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt from developer CD Projekt RED took home the Game of the Year award at the 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards. In addition to the top honor, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also received the award for Best Technology. Her Story walked away with the most awards of the night, honored for Best Narrative, Best Handheld/Mobile Game and the Innovation Award. Ori and the Blind Forest by Moon Studios earned two awards for Best Debut and Best Visual Art. Other winners were Crypt of the NecroDancer, winning Best Audio, Rocket League, which won for Best Design, and the Audience Award was given to Life is Strange by DONTNOD Entertainment.
The awards ceremony also celebrated developers who have contributed to the art, science and craft of video games with three special awards. Markus “Notch” Persson received the Pioneer Award for creating Minecraft. The Ambassador Award was presented to Tracy Fullerton, professor and director of the University of Southern California Games program, and leader of the Game Innovation Lab for her contributions in the creation of multiple influential independent games. Finally, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Todd Howard, the game director of the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls game series.