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Return of the Obra Dinn takes grand prize at the IGF Awards

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Proceedings for the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Choice awards have just wrapped up, with Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn taking the Seamus McNally Grand Prize award for best indie game of the year in the first of the two (well deserved, too: it was one of our highest scoring games of 2018).

The IGF awards were hosted by 80 Days writer Meg Jayanth, and the GDC awards by Double Fine legend Tim Schafer, where PS4 exclusive God of War won game of the year, and Return of the Obra Dinn won Best Narrative.

Without further ado, here are the full results:

IGF Awards

Excellence in Visual Art
Mirror Drop (Ian Lilley)

Excellence in Audio
Paratopic (Arbitrary Metric)

Excellence in Design
Opus Magnum (Zachtronics)

Excellence in Narrative
Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope)

Nuovo Award
Black Room (Cassie McQuater)

Best Student Game
after HOURS (Bahiyya Khan, Claire Meekel, Tim Flusk, Abi Meekel)

Audience Award
ETHEREAL (Nonsense Arts - Nicolás Recabarren and Tomás Batista)

ID@Xbox Gaming Heroes Award
Jerry Lawson

alt.ctrl.GDC Award
HOT SWAP: All Hands On Deck (Peter Gyory, Clement Zheng)

Seumas McNally Grand Prize
Return of the Obra Dinn (Lucas Pope) 

GDC Awards

Best Debut

Best VR/AR Game
Beat Saber

Best Mobile Game

Best Narrative
Return of the Obra Dinn

Best Audio

Best Technology
Red Dead Redemption 2

Best Visual Art

Best Design
Into the Breach

Innovation Award
Nintendo Labo

Game of the Year
God of War

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.