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Inside, Overwatch and Firewatch lead the nominations for the Game Developers Choice Awards

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Presentation will air live during this year’s GDC

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The 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) takes place March 1. It’s a chance for those inside the games industry to weigh in on the work of their peers. Today the judges have announced the competition's finalists. The awards show, hosted by Double Fine Productions’ Tim Schafer, will be broadcast live during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Playdead’s Inside leads the standings with six nominations, including nods for best audio, design, narrative and visual art. It’s also up for the Innovation Award and game of the year. Blizzard’s Overwatch and Campo Santo’s Firewatch each received five nominations.

You can find the complete list below.

The GDCA is being organized in conjunction with the Independent Games Festival Awards, which is a different set of honors whose nominees haven’t been named yet.

Polygon has begun to roll out our own picks for games of the year. We’re unveiling new titles all week.

Best audio

  • Battlefield 1 (EA Dice and Electronic Arts)
  • Thumper (Drool)
  • Doom (id Software and Bethesda Softworks)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)

Honorable Mentions: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment), Rez Infinite (Monstars and Enhance Games), Hyper Light Drifter (Heart Machine), Firewatch (Campo Santo and Panic), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks), The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio and Sony Interactive Entertainment) and Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts).

Best debut

  • Heart Machine (Hyper Light Drifter)
  • Campo Santo (Firewatch)
  • ConcernedApe (Stardew Valley)
  • Drool (Thumper)
  • Night School Studio (Oxenfree)

Honorable Mentions: Superhot Team (Superhot), Numinous Games (That Dragon, Cancer), Giant Squid Studios (Abzu), Ghost Town Games (Overcooked) and iNK Stories (1979 Revolution: Black Friday).

Best design

  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks)
  • The Witness (Thekla)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • DOOM (id Software and Bethesda Softworks)

Honorable Mentions: Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts), Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment), Dark Souls 3 (From Software and Bandai Namco Entertainment), Firewatch (Campo Santo and Panic) and Hitman (IO Interactive and Square Enix)

Best mobile/handheld game

  • Super Mario Run (Nintendo EPD and Nintendo)
  • Clash Royale (Supercell)
  • Pokémon Go (Niantic)
  • Reigns (Nerial and Devolver Digital)
  • Pokémon Sun/Moon (Game Freak and The Pokémon Company)

Honorable Mentions: Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club), Severed (DrinkBox Studios), Deus Ex: Go (Square Enix Montreal and Square Enix), Fire Emblem Fates (Intelligent Systems and Nintendo SPD and Nintendo), Imbroglio (Michael Brough) and Swap Sword (AP Thomson and Diego Garcia).

Innovation Award

  • The Witness (Thekla)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
  • Pokemon Go (Niantic)

Honorable Mentions: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games), The Last Guardian (Japan Studio and Sony Interactive Entertainment), Superhot (Superhot Team), Thumper (Drool) and Quadrilateral Cowboy (Blendo Games).

Best narrative

  • The Last Guardian (Japan Studio and Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Oxenfree (Night School Studio)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo and Panic)

Honorable Mentions: That Dragon, Cancer (Numinous Games), Dishonored 2(Arkane Studios / Bethesda Softworks), The Witcher 3: Blood & Wine (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), Kentucky Route Zero - Act IV (Cardboard Computer) and Mafia 3 (Hangar 13 / 2K Games).

Best technology

  • Battlefield 1 (EA Dice and Electronic Arts)
  • No Man’s Sky (Hello Games)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Doom (id Software and Bethesda Softworks)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Honorable Mentions: Inside (Playdead), Pokemon Go (Niantic), The Last Guardian (Japan Studio and Sony Interactive Entertainment), Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks) and The Witness (Thekla).

Best visual art

  • Firewatch (Campo Santo / Panic)
  • The Last Guardian (JAPAN Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Inside (Playdead)

Honorable Mentions: The Witness (Thekla), Battlefield 1 (EA Dice and Electronic Arts), Abzu (Giant Squid Studios), Thumper (Drool) and Doom (id Software and Bethesda Softworks).

Best VR/AR game

  • Rez Infinite (Monstars and Enhance Games)
  • Superhot VR (Superhot Team)
  • Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives (Owlchemy Labs)
  • Pokémon Go (Niantic)
  • Fantastic Contraption (Radial Games and Northway Games)

Honorable Mentions: Thumper (Drool), Superhypercube (Kokoromi and Polytron Corporation), Batman Arkham VR (Rocksteady Studios and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Space Pirate Trainer (I-Illusions) and The Lab (Valve).

Game of the year

  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment)
  • Inside (Playdead)
  • Dishonored 2 (Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks)
  • Firewatch (Campo Santo and Panic)

Honorable Mentions: Doom (id Software and Bethesda Softworks), The Witness (Thekla), Battlefield 1 (EA DICE and Electronic Arts), The Last Guardian (Japan Studio and Sony Interactive Entertainment) and Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts).