BAFTA announces its 2019 Game Awards nominations

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Ahead of April's BAFTA Game Awards show, this year's nominations (opens in new tab) have been revealed. If you've seen the results of any award shows from the last few months, you'll probably be able to guess most of them. But maybe they'll surprise you! Once again, Return of the Obra Dinn—our best puzzle game of 2018 (opens in new tab)—is the PC game with the most nominations, including best game, with six, while nomination magnet God of War leads overall with ten. 

There are 17 categories, including best game, best debut game and game innovation. The debut game nominations are strong this year, with Beat Saber, Cultist Simulator, Donut County, Florence, Gris and Yoku's Island Express all being nominated. We got a lot of great stuff from new studios in 2018.

Because it's BAFTA, there's a UK-specific award, too. 11-11: Memories Untold, Forza Horizon 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, The Room: Old Sins, Overcooked 2 and Two Point Hospital are all up for best British game. It's kind of a weird one, given that so many games are global endeavors, and it's strange to think of such a huge project like Red Dead Redemption 2 as "British". Still, a lot of excellent games in there. As much as I enjoyed committing lots of medical malpractice in Two Point Hospital, Forza Horizon 4's my favourite here—it's the best racing game since Burnout Paradise. It was also our best racing game of 2018 (opens in new tab).

It's the public that gets to pick BAFTA and EE's mobile GOTY, however. Brawl Stars, Clash Royale, Fortnite, Old School Runescape, Pokémon Go and Roblox all have nominations, making for a pretty unusual list. Fortnite obviously has a bit of an advantage, given that it has a ridiculous number of players, but I don't think anyone could possibly predict what way the public will vote these days. Voting opened this week, so you can cast yours (opens in new tab) now. 

The winners will be announced during the BAFTA Game Awards on April 4.

Editor's note: Updated to reflect that the public GOTY is a mobile award. 

Fraser Brown
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Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long or talking about his dog.