Writer Neil Druckmann won the Writers Guild of America's Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games over the weekend for his work on Naughty Dog's The Last of Us.
Druckman was up against several other writers for their respective work on four blockbuster titles: Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag writers Darby McDevitt, Mustapha Mahrach, Jean Guesdon, Jill Murray, Nicholas Grimwood and Mark Llabres Hill; Batman: Arkham Origins writers Dooma Wendschuh, Ryan Galletta and Corey May; Marianne Krawczyk and Ariel Lawrence for their work on God of War: Ascension; and, Richard Gaubert, Orion Walker and Matt Sophos for Capcom's Lost Planet 3.
The awards were presented during simultaneous 2014 Writers Guild Awards ceremonies on Feb. 1 at the JW Marriott, Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom, New York City. In order to be eligible for WGA's Videogame Writing Award 2014, titles had to be released between Dec. 1, 2012 and Nov. 30, 2013.
Druckmann and The Last of Us join other writers and titles recognized for outstanding achievement in writing for video games, including Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation (2013), written by Richard Farrese and Jill Murray, and Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2012), written by Amy Hennig.
The studio and its game recently won five awards at the 11th annual Spike Video Game Awards, including Studio of the Year and Best PlayStation Game. The Last of Us is up for five awards at the 2014 Game Developers Choice Awards, nominated for categories such as Best Narrative and Game of the Year.