25th DICE Awards Nominees Revealed With Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Leading The Pack

The 25th annual DICE Awards takes place next month and will honor the best and brightest titles to release in 2021. Unlike The Game Awards, which is a bit more mainstream and consists of votes from both media and the general public, the DICE Awards (which stands for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) is helmed by The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. It’s also an industry-only event generally viewed as the most prestigious award ceremony in the business. Today, we found out this year’s event honors 59 nominated 2021 titles across 23 categories. 

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart leads the pack in terms of the number of nominations with nine. Deathloop doesn’t lag far behind, garnering eight nominations. Academy members, which consists of a jury of industry peers, begin voting today. IGN will livestream the ceremony, hosted by Discovery’s Jessica Chobot and Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller, on February 24. The nominees are as follows:

Game of the Year

Deathloop
Inscryption
It Takes Two
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Returnal

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Call of Duty: Vanguard
Deathloop
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Call of Duty: Vanguard
Deathloop
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Deathloop – Colt Vahn
Kena: Bridge of Spirits – Kena
Life is Strange: True Colors – Alex Chen
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart – Rivet
Resident Evil Village – Lady Dimitrescu

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Deathloop
It Takes Two
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Psychonauts 2
Returnal 

Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design

Forza Horizon 5
Halo Infinite
It Takes Two
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Returnal

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Before Your Eyes
Inscryption
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Psychonauts 2
The Forgotten City

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Battlefield 2042
Forza Horizon 5
Moncage
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Returnal

Action Game of the Year

Deathloop
Halo Infinite
Metroid Dread
Returnal
The Ascent

Adventure Game of the Year

Death’s Door
It Takes Two
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
Psychonauts 2
Resident Evil Village

Family Game of the Year

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise
Cozy Grove
Mario Party Superstars
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Warioware: Get it Together

Fighting Game of the Year

Guilty Gear -Strive-
Melty Blood: Type Lumina
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Racing Game of the Year

F1 2021
Forza Horizon 5
Hot Wheels Unleashed

Role-Playing Game of the Year

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous
Shin Megami Tensei V
Tales of Arise
Wildermyth

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA 22
Mario Golf: Super Rush
NBA 2K22
Riders Republic
The Climb 2

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Age of Empires IV
Gloomhaven
Griftlands
Inscryption
Loop Hero

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

Lone Echo II
Puzzling Places
Resident Evil 4 VR
Song in the Smoke
Yuki 

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

Demeo
I Expect You To Die 2
Lone Echo II
Resident Evil 4 VR
Song in the Smoke

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

Death’s Door
Inscryption
Loop Hero
Sable
Unpacking

Mobile Game of the Year

Behind the Frame
Fantasian
League of Legends: Wild Rift
Moncage
Pokémon Unite 

Online Game of the Year

Back 4 Blood
Call of Duty: Vanguard
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
Halo Infinite
Knockout City

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

Deathloop
Inscryption
It Takes Two
Loop Hero
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

Deathloop
Inscryption
It Takes Two
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Artful Escape

It’ll be exciting to see who walks away with what, but in the meantime you can view last year’s DICE winners here.

Source: Gameinformer