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.

Disco Elysium

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.

Game of the Year

  • Control
  • Death Stranding
  • Disco Elysium
  • Outer Wilds
  • Untitled Goose Game

Action Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Control
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • Gears 5
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Death Stranding
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3
  • Resident Evil 2
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Family Game of the Year

  • A Short Hike
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Ring Fit Adventure
  • Super Mario Maker 2
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World

Fighting Game of the Year

  • Dead or Alive 6
  • Jump Force
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Samurai Shodown

Racing Game of the Year

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
  • DiRT Rally 2.0
  • F1 2019
  • Mario Kart Tour
  • Trials Rising

Role-Playing Game of the Year

  • Disco Elysium
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
  • Kingdom Hearts III
  • Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
  • The Outer Worlds

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 20
  • Madden NFL 20
  • MLB The Show 19
  • NBA 2k20
  • NHL 20

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Anno 1800
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Oxygen Not Included
  • Slay The Spire
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

  • Asgard’s Wrath
  • Blood & Truth
  • Pistol Whip
  • The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets
  • Trover Saves the Universe

Portable Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Grindstone
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts
  • Sky: Children of the Light
  • What the Golf?

Online Game of the Year

  • Apex Legends
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
  • Tetris 99
  • Wargroove

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