The Writers Guild of America, the labor unions representing entertainment writers, announced the nominees for this year's Writers Guild Awards, highlighting four video games from the past year for outstanding achievement in writing.
The Writers Guild Awards, which also reward outstanding writing in film, television, news, radio and more, could go to one of the following games this year:
- Alien: Isolation — Writers Dan Abnett, Dion Lay, Will Porter; Sega
- Assassin's Creed: Freedom Cry — Lead Scriptwriter Jill Murray; Scriptwriter Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jill Murray, Hugo Giard, Wesley Pincombe; Ubisoft
- Assassin's Creed Unity — Story by Alexandre Amancio, Sylvain Bernard, Travis Stout; Scriptwriting Alexandre Amancio, Travis Stout, Russell Lees, Darby McDevitt, Ceri Young; Additional Scriptwriting Jeffrey Yohalem; Ubisoft
- The Last of Us: Left Behind — Written by Neil Druckmann; Sony Computer Entertainment
The winner will be announced at simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York City on Feb. 14, representing the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East.
To qualify for the award, games had to be released between Dec. 1, 2013, and Nov. 30, 2014. Credited game writers must have been (or applied to have been) members of the Writers Guild Award Video Game Writers Caucus when their scripts were submitted for consideration.
Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann won last year's WGA award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games for his work on The Last of Us. Druckmann beat out the writing teams for Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins, God of War: Ascension and Lost Planet 3.