2020 DICE Awards: Control, Death Stranding, Disco Elysium Lead Nominations
The 23rd DICE Awards are just around the corner, with the venerated ceremony to honor the gaming industry’s best of 2019 at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas on Thursday, February 13th, wrapping up the annual DICE summit.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced the nominees for the event and voting to decide the winners has already begun. Leading this year’s nominations are Remedy Entertainment’s popular action/adventure title Control and Kojima Productions’ divisive debut game Death Stranding, with each competing for awards in eight categories, including Game of the Year. Close behind them are Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and indie RPG Disco Elysium with six nominations each.
Leading the remaining nominees are indie games Outer Wilds and Untitled Goose Game with four nominations a piece as well as A Short Hike, Mortal Kombat 11, Resident Evil 2, and Sayonara Wild Hearts, each of which have been honored in three categories.
Oddly, FromSoftware’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, which has been a consistent Game of the Year pick for award shows and publications alike, was snubbed for DICE’s biggest honor, though it did manage to snag nominations in the Action Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Game Design categories.
Independent studios seem to have outdone themselves this year. Three of the five nominees for DICE’s Game of the Year are indie games, with these same titles appearing in several other categories.
The difference in choice may be attributed to the fact that DICE’s list of panelists consists primarily of experts in game design, development, and production, which is a far cry from, for example, the voting committee employed by The Game Awards.
Following are the nominees for the prime categories of the 2020 DICE Awards.