SXSW Gaming Awards Announces 2022 Final Nominees

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“Kena: Bridge of Spirits” Scores Four Nominations

March 12th Virtual Show to be Produced by
Georgia-Based Peach Maria Productions

The South by Southwest® Gaming Awards (SXSW®), celebrating the wide reach of gaming across areas such as art, design, narrative, gameplay, cultural innovation, and more, has today announced the Final Nominees across 12 categories in the ninth annual celebration of the industry. The SXSW Gaming Awards will be produced by Georgia-based Peach Maria Productions (pronounced muh-RY-uh), executive produced by Laurie Lockliear (upcoming esports reality series GameMaster,), and offered digitally as part of SXSW Online on March 12, 2022 at 7 p.m. CT, during the overall March 11-20, 2022 festivities.

Leading nominees include: “Kena: Bridge of Spirits,” from developer and publisher Ember Lab, scored four nominations. Five titles – “Deathloop,” “Inscryption,” “Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker,” “Forza Horizon 5” and “Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart” – each took three nominations.

Additionally, 12 titles received two nominations each, including “Before Your Eyes,” “Chicory: A Colorful Tale,” “Hell Let Loose,” “It Takes Two,” “Loop Hero,” “Lost Words: Beyond the Page,” “Resident Evil Village,” “Returnal,” “The Medium,” “The Wild At Heart,” “Unpacking” and “Valheim.”

Each year the SXSW Gaming Awards honor excellence throughout the industry, celebrating the talent that influences the medium and culture of gaming. The annual Gaming Awards celebrate the technical, artistic and design achievements of each year’s best titles and their creators.

Following a rigorous process of nominee selections, this year’s Awards will feature 40 unique games contending for honors in 12 categories. As with each year, the SXSW community will vote to help determine the final winners. Browse the list of nominees below, and vote here for favorite titles — the polls are open now through 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, February 8.

Once the voting closes, the winners will be determined through a weighted total of public voting, advisory board and SXSW staff input. The most innovative, culturally-influential and technically-perfect games of the year will be presented at the SXSW Gaming Awards ceremony on March 12. More information about the entry and judging process is available here.

“In a year where the convergence of the gaming and entertainment industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, SXSW is proud to showcase the most creative and innovative titles,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer for SXSW. “For a second year, SXSW is excited to bring the awards digitally to a global audience with our new partners Peach Maria Productions.

“Having attended and participated in SXSW programming for many years, we are excited and honored to produce this year’s SXSW Gaming Awards show, which emphasizes the ever-increasing convergence between gaming and the rest of the entertainment industry,” said Peach Maria Productions Executive Producer Laurie Lockliear. “Our goal is to make this year’s Awards fun, accessible and memorable for casual fans, hard-core gamers, industry insiders, game makers, producers, and more.”

2022 FINAL NOMINEES

SXSW GAME OF THE YEAR

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker        SQUARE ENIX®SQUARE ENIX®
It Takes TwoHazelightElectronic Arts
Psychonauts 2         Double Fine ProductionsXbox Game Studios
Ratchet & Clank: Rift ApartInsomniac GamesSony Interactive Entertainment
Resident Evil VillageCapcomCapcom

INDIE GAME OF THE YEAR

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Chicory: A Colorful TaleGreg LobanovFinji
Death’s DoorAcid NerveDevolver Digital
InscryptionDaniel Mullins GamesDevolver Digital
Kena: Bridge of SpiritsEmber LabEmber Lab
Loop Hero     Four QuartersDevolver Digital
Lost Words: Beyond the PageSketchbook GamesModus Games
The MediumBloober TeamBloober Team
The Wild At HeartMoonlight Kids           Humble Games
Unpacking    Witch BeamHumble Games
ValheimIron Gate StudioCoffee Stain Publishing

TABLETOP GAME OF THE YEAR

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Cascadia       Randy Flyn, Beth Sobel, Dylan Mangini, Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, Kevin Russ, and Shawn StankewichFlatout Games
Dune: ImperiumDire Wolf Digital         Dire Wolf Digital         
Oath: Chronicles of
Empire & Exile         
Cole Wehrle   Leder Games
Roll Camera! The Filmmaking Board GameMalachi Ray Rempen            Keen Bean Studio
 
That Time You Killed MePeter C. Hayward, Jeff Fraser,            and Alex CutlerPandasaurus Games

VR GAME OF THE YEAR

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
After The FallVertigo GamesVertigo Games
DemeoResolution GamesResolution Games
Lone Echo IIReady at Dawn          Oculus Studios
Resident Evil 4 VR   Armature StudioOculus Studios
Song in the Smoke17-BIT17-BIT

MATTHEW CRUMP CULTURAL INNOVATION AWARD
Awarded to the game that best challenges the “norm” of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay.

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Before Your EyesGoodbyeWorld GamesSkybound Games
Chicory: A Colorful Tale     Greg LobanovFinji
Life is Strange: True Colors           Deck Nine GamesSQUARE ENIX®
Lost Words: Beyond the Page       Sketchbook GamesModus Games
Unpacking                            Witch BeamHumble Games

EXCELLENCE IN ANIMATION, ART, & VISUAL ACHIEVEMENT

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Deathloop                             Arkane LyonBethesda Softworks
Exo One                                ExbleativeFuture Friends Games
Forza Horizon 5                    Playground Games    Xbox Game Studios
Kena: Bridge of Spirits       Ember LabEmber Lab
The Wild At Heart                Moonlight KidsHumble Games

EXCELLENCE IN GAME DESIGN

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Deathloop                             Arkane LyonBethesda Softworks
InscryptionDaniel Mullins GamesDevolver Digital
Loop Hero                             Four QuartersBethesda Softworks
Ratchet & Clank: Rift ApartInsomniac GamesSony Interactive Entertainment
Returnal        HousemarqueSony Interactive Entertainment

EXCELLENCE IN ORIGINAL SCORE

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
The Artful Escape                Beethoven & DinosaurAnnapurna Interactive
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker        SQUARE ENIX®SQUARE ENIX®
Kena: Bridge of Spirits       Ember Lab                 Ember Lab
The Medium              Bloober TeamBloober Team
Wytchwood              Alientrap GamesWhitethorn Games

EXCELLENCE IN MULTIPLAYER

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Back 4 Blood                        Turtle Rock Studios   Warner Bros. Games
Halo Infinite              343 IndustriesXbox Game Studios
It Takes Two HazelightElectronic Arts
Riders Republic                   Ubisoft Annecy          Ubisoft
ValheimIron Gate StudioCoffee Stain Publishing

EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVE

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Deathloop                 Arkane LyonBethesda Softworks
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker        SQUARE ENIX®SQUARE ENIX®
Marvel’s Guardians of the
Galaxy            
                       
Eidos-Montréal          SQUARE ENIX®
Kena: Bridge of Spirits       Ember LabEmber Lab
Lost in Random       Zoink Games Electronic Arts

EXCELLENCE IN AUDIO DESIGN

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Forza Horizon 5Playground Games    Xbox Game Studios
Hell Let Loose          Black MatterTeam17
Inscryption                           Daniel Mullins GamesDevolver Digital
Resident Evil Village           Capcom         Capcom
Twelve Minutes        Luis AntonioAnnapurna Interactive

EXCELLENCE IN TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

GAMEDEVELOPERPUBLISHER
Before Your Eyes                            GoodbyeWorld Games          Skybound Games
Hell Let Loose                                  Black MatterTeam17
Forza Horizon 5        Playground GamesXbox Game Studios
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart                                    Insomniac GamesSony Interactive Entertainment
Returnal        HousemarqueSony Interactive Entertainment

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