God of War, Spider-Man see the most nominations for 2019 DICE Awards

Between the two blockbuster PlayStation games, Sony is all set to clean up at the 22nd Annual DICE Awards in Las Vegas next month.

God of War took home a Game of the Year award at Geoff Keighley's Game Awards show in December, and the Cory Barlog-directed game is poised for another huge win at the 22nd Annual DICE Awards next month. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) revealed the full nominations list today, and the Sony Santa Monica hit leads with a total of 12, including Outstanding Achievment in Story, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design, and Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction.

Despite all the praise and success (over 5 million sold in the first month), Barlog remains humble as ever. He still gives all the credit in the world to David Jaffe and ranks the original God of War above his own entry in the franchise. 

Insomniac Games' incredible Spider-Man, which has sold 9 million copies, is right on God of War's heels with 11 nominations -- meaning at the end of the night, Sony published games are likely to dominate the awards show. Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2 also could pick up several wins with eight nominations, and indie title Return of the Obra Dinn also is faring quite well with six nods. Overall, 56 games received a nomination for the DICE Awards. 

“I would like to thank the Academy’s peer panelists who dedicate their time, energy and expertise in evaluating and selecting the best games from 2018,” said Meggan Scavio, President of the Academy of Interactive Ars & Sciences. “To all the finalists – congratulations in continuing to push the boundaries of creativity, storytelling and technical innovation. I am looking forward to celebrating your achievements at the 22nd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards with our members and Board!”

The DICE Awards will take place at the conclusion of the DICE Summit. The show will be livestreamed when it starts at 8PM PST on February 13. During the show, co-hosted for the third year by Greg Miller of Kinda Funny, and Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News, Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries (which oversees all of Halo at Xbox), will be honored with an induction into the Hall of Fame. Ross is only the second woman to enter the Hall of Fame, and she talked with GameDaily at length about women in games and her efforts to expand the Halo universe. 

Here is the complete list of nominations:

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • God of War
  • GRIS
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Moss
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • GRIS
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Character

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Kassandra)
  • God of War (Atreus)
  • God of War (Kratos)
  • Marvel's Spider-Man (Peter Parker/Spider-Man)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Arthur Morgan)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Forgotton Anne
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Tetris Effect 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Battlefield V
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Moss

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Florence
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn 

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Battlefield V
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Action Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Celeste
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider 

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Family Game of the Year

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Lego DC Super-Villains
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Unravel Two

Fighting Game of the Year

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball Fighter Z
  • SoulCalibur VI
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Horizon 4
  • F1 2018
  • Wreckfest

Role-Playing Game of the Year

  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire 

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 19
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • MLB The Show 18 

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Bad North
  • Frostpunk
  • Into the Breach
  • Northgard
  • RimWorld 

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Dr. Grordbort's Invaders
  • Tónandi
  • Torn 

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Moss
  • Sprint Vector
  • Transference

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Into the Breach
  • Minit
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Portable Game of the Year

  • Dandara
  • Donut County
  • Dragalia Lost
  • Florence
  • Oddmar

Online Game of the Year

  • Fortnite
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Laser League
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Sea of Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Subnautica

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Florence
  • God of War
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Game of the Year

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel's Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

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