The nominees for the 2016 Game Developers Choice Awards have been announced, with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt leading the pack with four nominations each. Other noteworthy PC games up for awards include Star Wars Battlefront, Fallout 4, and even a couple of indie games you may have heard of.
GDC Awards nominations are open to “any video game that was released and made publicly available to customers during the 2015 calendar year, irrespective of platform or delivery medium.” And while Her Story and Undertale don't have the budget or massive player base of games like MGS5 or Fallout 4, they each received multiple nominations for their “novel approach to game design”: Best Handheld/Mobile, Best Narrative, and Innovation Award for Her Story, and Best Narrative, Best Debut, and Innovation Award for Undertale.
They're far from the only indie games in the running for awards. Ark: Survival Evolved, Ori and the Blind Forest, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Rocket League, and many others are in there too. Rocket League, in fact, is up for the Game of the Year gong, alongside heavy-hitters Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, Metal Gear Solid V, and Bloodborne. The Witcher 3 is also up for Best Visual Art, Best Narrative, and Best Technology, while MGS5 has nominations for Best Audio, Best Design, and Best Technology.
The 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards show will take place on March 16, and will be livestreamed on Twitch.