Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Witcher 3 Lead D.I.C.E. Awards Nominations

Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt lead the 19th D.I.C.E. Awards nominations

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences today announced nominations for the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, hosted by comedian, podcaster, voice actor and cartoonist Pete Holmes. Academy members begin voting for the video game industry’s premier peer-based awards show Thursday, January 14th at 3 PM PST; the winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 18, at The Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas at the conclusion of the 2016 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit.

Leading the count with nine nominations is Rise of the Tomb Raider. Several games received multiple nods, including: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with eight nominations; Ori and the Blind Forest with six nominations; Fallout 4 receiving five nominations; Her StoryThe Order: 1886 and Star Wars Battlefront each with four nominations; and Batman: Arkham KnightDestiny: The Taken KingRocket LeagueLara Croft GOLife is Strange, and Undertale with 3 each.

This year, the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony will honor the late Satoru Iwata as its Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Also being honored this year as the Hall of Fame recipient is Hideo Kojima, world-renowned game creator and auteur recognized for the best-selling Metal Gear series.

“Looking at the nominees for the 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, I am especially impressed by the broad range of titles catering to gamers’ increasingly sophisticated and diverse tastes,” said Martin Rae, president, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “It is always gratifying to watch our industry and its many artists and craftsmen grow and continue to challenge and thrill audiences. February 18th will be another memorable celebration of the best in interactive entertainment bolstered by the playful humor of host Pete Holmes.”

The D.I.C.E. Awards nominees:

GAME OF THE YEAR

Bloodborne

Fallout 4

Ori and the Blind Forest

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GAME DIRECTION

Fallout 4

Life is Strange

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Undertale

ADVENTURE GAME OF THE YEAR

Batman: Arkham Knight

Life is Strange

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Ori and the Blind Forest

Rise of the Tomb Raider

ACTION GAME OF THE YEAR

Destiny: The Taken King

Helldivers

Just Cause 3

Star Wars Battlefront

Splatoon

MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR

Dominations

Fallout Shelter

Lara Croft GO

Pac-Man 256

The Room Three

DICE SPRITE AWARD

Her Story

Galak-Z

Kerbal Space Program

Rocket League

Undertale

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

Batman: Arkham Knight

Ori and the Blind Forest

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The Order: 1886

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION

Lara Croft Go

Ori and the Blind Forest

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The Order: 1886

Star Wars Battlefront

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHARACTER

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Evie Frye

Her Story, Hannah Smith

Life is Strange, Max

Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt of Rivia

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION

Batman: Arkham Knight

Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture

Ori and the Blind Forest

Starcraft II: Legacy Of The Void

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND DESIGN

Destiny: The Taken King

Ori and the Blind Forest

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Star Wars Battlefront

The Order: 1886

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN STORY

Fallout 4

Her Story

Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Game Series

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

Just Cause 3

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Star Wars Battlefront

The Order: 1886

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

FAMILY GAME OF THE YEAR

Guitar Hero Live

LEGO Dimensions

Rock Band 4

Super Mario Maker

Tearaway Unfolded

FIGHTING GAME OF THE YEAR

Mortal Kombat X

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Rising Thunder

RACING GAME OF THE YEAR

Forza Motorsport 6

Need for Speed

Project CARS

ROLE-PLAYING/MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER GAME OF THE YEAR

Bloodborne

Fallout 4

Pillars of Eternity

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Undertale

SPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR

FIFA 2016

Madden NFL 2016

MLB 15 The Show

NBA 2K16

Rocket League

STRATEGY/SIMULATION GAME OF THE YEAR

Cities: Skylines

Fallout Shelter

Grey Goo

Heroes of the Storm

Kerbal Space Program

HANDHELD GAME OF THE YEAR

Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space

Helldivers

Pokemon: Super Mystery Dungeon

Yo-Kai Watch

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ONLINE GAMEPLAY

Destiny: The Taken King

Halo 5: Guardians

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Rocket League

Splatoon

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GAME DESIGN

Fallout 4

Her Story

Lara Croft GO

Massive Chalice

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt