2018 SXSW Gaming Award Winners

Excellence in SFX

Call of Duty: WWII – Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo – WINNER
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Musical Score

Cuphead – StudioMDHR
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames – WINNER
Persona 5 – Atlus / P-Studio
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

Excellence in Technical Achievement

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames – WINNER
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom
Skyrim VR – Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Visual Achievement

Assassin’s Creed Origins – Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
Cuphead – StudioMDHR
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Horizon Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games – WINNER
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames

Excellence in Animation

Assassin’s Creed Origins – Ubisoft / Ubisoft Montreal
Cuphead – StudioMDHR – WINNER
Horizon Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

Excellence in Art

Cuphead – StudioMDHR – WINNER
Gorogoa – Annapurna Interactive / Jason Roberts
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames
Persona 5 – Atlus / P-Studio
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo

Excellence in Convergence

DropMix – Hasbro / Harmonix
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – Telltale Games
South Park: Fractured But Whole – Ubisoft / Ubisoft San Francisco
Star Trek Bridge Crew – Ubisoft / Red Storm Entertainment
Star Wars Battlefront II – Electronic Arts / EA DICE – WINNER

Excellence in Multiplayer

Gang Beasts – Double Fine Presents / Boneloaf
Destiny 2 – Activision / Bungie
Fortnite – Epic Games
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation – WINNER
Splatoon 2 – Nintendo

Most Promising New Intellectual Property

Cuphead – StudioMDHR
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Horizon Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games – WINNER
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game

Darkwood – Acid Wizard Studio
Kona – Parabole
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall – WINNER
Perception – Feardemic / The Deep End Games
The 7th Continent – Serious Poulp

Excellence in Gameplay

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Bethesda Softworks / MachineGames
Fortnite – Epic Games
Horizon: Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo – WINNER

Excellence in Design

Cuphead – StudioMDHR
Horizon Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo – WINNER

Excellence in Narrative

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall
Persona 5 – Atlus / P-Studio
Prey – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios
What Remains of Edith Finch – Annapurna Interactive / Giant Sparrow – WINNER

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Doki Doki Literature Club – Team Salvato – WINNER
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
Life is Strange: Before the Storm – Square Enix / Deck Nine
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall
What Remains of Edith Finch – Annapurna Interactive / Giant Sparrow

Trending Game of the Year

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy – Humble Bundle / Bennett Foddy
Night in the Woods – Finji Games / Infinite Fall
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation – WINNER
Doki Doki Literature Club – Team Salvato
Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator – Game Grumps

Esports Game of the Year

Call of Duty: WWII – Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Tekken 7 – Bandai Namco Entertainment / Bandai Namco Studios
FIFA 18 – EA Sports / EA Romania & Vancouver
F1 2017 – Codemasters / Codemasters Birmingham
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation – WINNER

VR Game of the Year

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom – WINNER
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality – Owlchemy Labs / Adult Swim Games
Skyrim VR – Bethesda Softworks / Bethesda Game Studios
Star Trek Bridge Crew – Ubisoft / Red Storm Entertainment
SUPERHOT VR – SUPERHOT Team

Tabletop Game of the Year

Clank! In! Space! – Renegade Game Studios / Dire Wolf Digital
Gloomhaven – Cephalofair Games – WINNER
Near and Far – Red Raven Games
Santorini – Roxley
The 7th Continent – Serious Poulp

Mobile Game of the Year

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp – Nintendo
Fire Emblem Heroes – Nintendo – WINNER
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy – Humble Bundle / Bennett Foddy
Gorogoa – Annapurna Interactive / Jason Roberts
Monument Valley 2 – Ustwo Games

Video Game of the Year

Horizon Zero Dawn – Sony Interactive Entertainment / Guerrilla Games
NieR: Automata – Square Enix / PlatinumGames
PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS – PUBG Corporation
Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo – WINNER

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