Death Stranding and Control leads the nominations for the Bafta Games Awards, with 11 each.
It is the majority of the nominations that a game has received in the history of the awards, even though Death Stranding has lost the best game category.
Disco Elysium, a detective role-playing game that blends the old and the new, has received seven nominations, including the best game and the debut game.
The prizes will be held on Thursday 2 April.
Bafta also announced that Hideo Kojima – the creator of Death Stranding – will receive the Fellowship, the highest award he can give.
The new franchises “check” the nominations
The games named this year are a showcase of worlds we’ve never seen before – rather than returning fan favorite franchises. Those nominated in multiple categories range from the most surprising critical hit of 2019 to a game about a goose.
The check was an unprecedented release that surpassed many people. But it has impressed critics so much that it has been named game of the year by sites like IGN.
His supernatural game is unique and addicting – and it has earned him 11 record-breaking nominations despite the fact that many players on the street are unable to tell you much about it.
At the other end of the spectrum is Hideo Kojima’s latest, Death Stranding. It is a technical marvel with great ambitions and impressive performances from its cast.
It was Kojima’s first outing since she left her former employers Konami to open her studio. Last year Radio 1 Newsbeat spent three days behind the scenes to see the final hours of the game’s creation – in which Kojima told us that the central theme of Death Stranding was connectivity.
“Today’s era is about individualism,” he said.
“We may be connected through the Internet more than ever, but what is happening is that people are attacking each other because we are so connected.”
But it split opinion when it was released and that’s probably why it wasn’t selected for the biggest prize of the prizes: the best game.
What has been named in that category, and three others, is Untitled Goose Game.
The fact that a title that sees you romping in the gardens like a wild bird has been named together with science fiction and fantasy releases is a true testimony to the variety and creativity of the gaming sector.
You can also add Disco Elysium to that list, the independent release that sees you controlling a detective who suffers from alcohol and drug-induced amnesia. It is a perfect blend of old game and new ideas.
Some will argue that games like Control and Death Stranding broke records this year because in 2019 there were fewer return franchises and major releases that hit the shelves.
Others will say that their numerous nominations show that the game is the perfect way to deal with complex ideas and concepts and make it fun.
Bafta games always generate a surprise or two – so don’t be too shocked if, despite the nominations, both Control and Death Stranding end up losing a discontented bird …
The prizes will be held on Thursday 2 April. See the full list of nominees here.
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