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SXSW Gaming Awards 2021 Winners Announced: Hades Wins Video Game of the Year Award

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The winners of the SXSW Gaming Awards have been announced, with Hades and Deep Rock Galactic leading the proceedings with two awards each. partnership with IGN, SXSW presented its Gaming Awards trophies to the category winners at a ceremony held on Saturday, March 20. which takes into account the best overall design concept, game mechanics and execution.

Sci-fi co-op FPS Deep Rock Galactic also scored points at this year’s ceremony, winning awards in both categories in which it was nominated, meaning it took home the Indie Game of the Year and Multiplayer Excellence awards. The two categories featured stiff competition, with 9 other titles competing for the Indie Game of the Year award, including Bugsnax and Risk of Rain 2.

With 43 nominees in 12 categories, many more winners were announced at the event. Prizes were awarded to The Search for Planet X, Half-Life: Alyx, The Last of Us Part II, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Ghost of Tsushima, DOOM Eternal, Microsoft Flight Simulator and Dreams, which won the Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award for its community-driven creativity tools.

The complete list of SXSW 2021 Gaming Awards winners follows:

Video game of the year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.

  • Hades (Supergiant Games) – WINNER
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios / Xbox Game Studios)
  • DOOM Eternal (id / Bethesda Softworks software)

Indie Game of the Year

Awarded to indie game that exemplifies overall excellence and creates a distinct gaming experience across all platforms and genres.

  • Bugsnax (young horses)
  • Cloudpunk (ionic lands)
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic (Head to Head Games / Super.com)
  • Ikenfell (Happy Ray Games / Humble Games)
  • Monster Sanctuary (Moi Rai Games / Team17)
  • Crown Trick (NExT Studios / Team17)
  • Deep Rock Galactic (Ghost Ship Games / Coffee Stain Publishing) – WINNER
  • The Last Campfire (Hello Games)
  • Huntdown (Easy Trigger Games / Coffee Stain Publishing)
  • Risk of Rain 2 (Hopoo Games / Gearbox Publishing)

Table game of the year

Awarded to the game that exemplifies the overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre.

  • Oceans (North Star Games)
  • Strong (Leader games)
  • Calico (Flatout games)
  • The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (KOSMOS)
  • The Search for Planet X (Renegade Game Studios / Foxtrot Games) – WINNER

VR Game of the Year

Awarded to the VR game that exemplifies overall excellence in gameplay and design on any VR platform.

  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (Skydance Interactive)
  • Half-Life: Alyx (Valve) – WINNER
  • Star Wars: Squadrons (Motive Studios / Electronic Arts)
  • Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond (Respawn Entertainment / Electronic Arts)
  • In the Rabbit Hole (Cortopia Studios / Beyond Frames Entertainment)

Excellence in storytelling

Awarded to the game with the best script and dialogue.

  • Hades (Supergiant Games)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment) – WINNER
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising (Ubisoft Quebec / Ubisoft)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Excellence in game design

Awarded to the game with the best overall design concept, game mechanics, and best execution.

  • Hades (Supergiant Games) – WINNER
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s Time (Toys for Bob / Activision)
  • Desperados III (Mimimi Games / THQ Nordic)
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (Ubisoft Toronto / Ubisoft)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios / Xbox Game Studios)

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award

Awarded to the game that best challenges the ‘norm’ of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative take on a game world, character, or gameplay.

  • If found… (Dreamfeel / Annapurna Interactive)
  • The Last of Us Part II (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Dreams (Media Molecule / Sony Interactive Entertainment) – WINNER
  • Astro Game Room (ASOBI! Team / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Tell Me Why (DONTNOD Entertainment / Xbox Game Studios)

Excellence in score

Awarded to the game that best exemplifies artistic excellence in musical score and how it advances the game’s narrative.

  • Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Red Project / CD Project)
  • DOOM Eternal (id / Bethesda Softworks software)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios / Xbox Game Studios) – WINNER
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (SQUARE ENIX)
  • Mana Trials (Xeen / SQUARE ENIX)

Excellence in multiplayer

Awarded to the game with the best player-to-player interaction experience.

  • Star Wars: Squadrons (Motive Studios / Electronic Arts)
  • VALORING (Riot Games)
  • Huntdown (Easy Trigger Games / Coffee Stain Publishing)
  • Deep Rock Galactic (Ghost Ship Games / Coffee Stain Publishing) – WINNER
  • Risk of Rain 2 (Hopoo Games, Gearbox Publishing)

Excellence in animation, art and visual production

Awarded to the game with the most well-designed and stunning visuals, including animation effects and graphics.

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft Montreal / Ubisoft)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment) – WINNER
  • Cloudpunk (ionic lands)
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Moon Studios / Xbox Game Studios)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake (SQUARE ENIX)

Excellence in audio design

Awarded to the game with the most remarkable and impactful sound effects.

  • Bugsnax (young horses)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 (Vicarious Visions / Activision)
  • Star Wars: Squadrons (Motive Studios / Electronic Arts)
  • Observer: System Redux (Bloober Team)
  • DOOM Eternal (id Software / Bethesda Softworks) – WINNER

Excellence in technical achievement

Awarded to the game that has pushed the capabilities of technology and programming the furthest or most effectively.

  • Genshin Impact (miHoYo)
  • Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Dreams (Media Molecule / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Astro Game Room (ASOBI! Team / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio / Xbox Game Studios) – WINNER

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