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Game Awards 2022 Nominations: ‘God of War Ragnarök,’ ‘Elden Ring’ and ‘Horizon Forbidden West’ Dominate

The Nominations for the Game Awards 2022, which celebrate the most cutting-edge voices of the year in gaming, have been announced.

"God of War Ragnarök" leads the pack with a whopping ten nominations, including Game of the Year and Best Game Direction. Variety praised the highly anticipated game in a recent review, calling it “a 10 out of 10, checking every box with a combination of pulse-pounding action, humor and character development that will stay with players long after they’ve completed the campaign.”

"Ragnarök" is followed by "Elden Ring" and "Horizon Forbidden West," which each racked up seven nods, including for Game of the Year. Sony Interactive Entertainment is the most nominated publisher with 20 nominations across its games, followed by Annapurna Interactive and Nintendo with 11 nominations each.

Fans can submit their votes through Dec. 7 via authenticated online voting on The Game Awards website and the official Discord server for The Game Awards using the official TGA Voting Bot. 

The Game Awards will stream for free on Dec. 8 across more than 40 digital video networks including Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Live and TikTok Live. 

See the full list of nominees below: 


GAME OF THE YEAR 

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)  
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)  
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE) 
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE) 
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo) 

BEST GAME DIRECTION  

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco) 
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE) 
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Immortality (Half Mermaid)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna) 

BEST NARRATIVE 

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)  
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco) 
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE) 
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Immortality (Half Mermaid) 


BEST ART DIRECTION 

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco) 
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE) 
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Scorn (Ebb Software/Kepler Interactive)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna) 

BEST SCORE AND MUSIC 

  • Olivier Deriviere, A Plague Tale: Requiem  
  • Tsukasa Saitoh, Elden Ring  
  • Bear McCreary, God of War Ragnarök 
  • Two Feathers, Metal: Hellsinger 
  • Yasunori Mitsuda, Xenoblade Chronicles 3  

BEST AUDIO DESIGN

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision) 
  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE) 

BEST PERFORMANCE

  • Ashly Burch, Horizon Forbidden West
  • Charlotte McBurney, A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Christopher Judge, God of War Ragnarök 
  • Manon Gage, Immortality 
  • Sunny Suljic, God of War Ragnarök 

GAMES FOR IMPACT

  • A Memoir Blue (Cloisters Interactive/Annapurna) 
  • As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Citizen Sleeper (Jump Over The Age/Fellow Traveller)
  • Endling – Extinction is Forever (Herobeat Studios/HandyGames) 
  • Hindsight (Team Hindsight/Annapurna) 
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist (Northway Games/Finji) 

BEST ONGOING GAME

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV (Square Enix) 
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYoverse) 

BEST INDIE

  • Cult of the Lamb (Massive Monster / Devolver Digital)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team/Finji)

BEST DEBUT INDIE

  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna Interactive)
  • NORCO (Geography of Robots/Raw Fury)  
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team/Finji)
  • Vampire Survivors (poncle)

BEST COMMUNITY SUPPORT, PRESENTED BY DISCORD

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games) 

BEST MOBILE

  • Apex Legends Mobile (Lightspeed & Quantum/Respawn/EA)
  • Diablo Immortal (Blizzard/NetEase)
  • Genshin Impact (HoYovese)
  • MARVEL SNAP (Second Dinner Studios/Nuverse)
  • Tower of Fantasy (Hotta Studio/Perfect World/Level Infinite) 

BEST VR/AR

  • After the Fall (Vertigo Games)
  • Among Us VR (Schell Games/InnerSloth)
  • BONELAB (Stress Level Zero)
  • Moss: Book II (Polyarc)
  • Red Matter 2 (Vertical Robot) 

BEST ACTION 

  • Bayonetta 3 (Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Neon White (Angel Matrix/Annapurna)
  • Sifu (Sloclap)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu)  

BEST ACTION/ADVENTURE

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem (Asobo Studio/Focus Entertainment)
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE)
  • Horizon Forbidden West (Guerrilla Games/SIE)
  • Stray (BlueTwelve Studio/Annapurna)
  • TUNIC (TUNIC Team/Finji) 

BEST ROLE PLAYING

  • Elden Ring (FromSoftware/Bandai Namco) 
  • Live a Live (Square Enix/Nintendo) 
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Game Freak/Nintendo/TPCI) 
  • Triangle Strategy (Artdink/Square Enix)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Monolith Soft/Nintendo) 

BEST FIGHTING

  • DNF Duel (Arc System Works/EIGHTING/NEOPLE/NEXON)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle R (CyberConnect 2 Co. Ltd/Bandai Namco) 
  • The King of Fighters XV (SNK/Plaion)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)
  • Sifu (Sloclap) 

BEST FAMILY 

  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land (HAL Laboratory / Nintendo)
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Traveller’s Tales/WB Games)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)
  • Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo) 

BEST SIM/STRATEGY

  • Dune: Spice Wars (Shiro Games/Funcom)
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Ubisoft Milan/Paris/Ubisoft)
  • Total War: WARHAMMER III (Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Two Point Campus (Two Point Studios/Sega)
  • Victoria 3 (Paradox Development Studio/Paradox Interactive) 

BEST SPORTS/RACING 

  • F1 22 (Codemasters/EA Sports)
  • FIFA 23 (EA Vancouver/Romania/EA Sports)
  • NBA 2K23 (Visual Concepts/2K Sports)
  • Gran Turismo 7 (Polyphony Digital/SIE)
  • OlliOlli World (Roll 7/Private Division) 

BEST MULTIPLAYER 

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • MultiVersus (Player First Games/WB Games)
  • Overwatch 2 (Blizzard)
  • Splatoon 3 (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (Tribute Games/Dotemu) 

MOST ANTICIPATED 

  • FINAL FANTASY XVI (Square Enix)
  • Hogwarts Legacy (Avalanche Software/WB Games)
  • Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
  • Starfield (Bethesda Game Studios/Bethesda)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom (Nintendo EPD/Nintendo) 


CONTENT CREATOR OF THE YEAR

  • Karl Jacobs
  • Ludwig
  • Nibellion
  • Nobru
  • QTCinderella 


BEST ADAPTATION 

  • Arcane: League of Legends (Fortiche/Riot Games/Netflix) 
  • Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (Studio Trigger/CD Projekt, Netflix)  
  • The Cuphead Show! (Studio MDHR/King Features Syndicate/Netflix) 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Sega Sammy Group/Paramount Pictures) 
  • Uncharted  (PlayStation Productions/Sony Pictures) 


INNOVATION IN ACCESSIBILITY 

  • As Dusk Falls (Interior Night/Xbox Game Studios) 
  • God of War Ragnarök (Sony Santa Monica/SIE) 
  • Return to Monkey Island (Terrible Toybox/Devolver Digital) 
  • The Last Of Us Part I (Naughty Dog/SIE) 
  • The Quarry (Supermassive Games/2K) 


BEST ESPORTS GAME 

  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve) 
  • DOTA 2 (Valve) 
  • League of Legends (Riot Games) 
  • Rocket League (Psyonix) 
  • VALORANT (Riot Games) 


BEST ESPORTS ATHLETE 

  • Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon  (Gen.G, LOL) 
  • Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok (T1, LOL) 
  • Finn “karrigan” Andersen ( (FaZe Clan – CS:GO) 
  • Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)
  • Jacob “Yay” Whiteaker (Cloud9, Valorant) 


BEST ESPORTS TEAM 

  • DarkZero Esports (Apex Legends)
  • FaZe Clan (CS:GO) 
  • Gen.G (League of Legends) 
  • LA Thieves (Call of Duty)
  • LOUD (Valorant) 


BEST ESPORTS COACH

  • Andrii “B1ad3” Horodenskyi  (Natus Vincere, CS:GO)
  • Matheus “bzkA” Tarasconi (LOUD, VALORANT)
  • Erik “d00mbr0s” Sandgren (FPX, VALORANT) 
  • Robert “RobbaN” Dahlström (FaZe Clan, CS:GO)
  • Go “Score” Dong-bin (Gen.G, LOL) 


BEST ESPORTS EVENT

  • EVO 2022 
  • 2022 League of Legends World Championship  
  • PGL Major Antwerp 2022  
  • The 2022 Mid-Season Invitational  
  • VALORANT Champions 2022 

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