VOTING OPENS FOR THE EE GAME OF THE YEAR AWARD AHEAD OF THE 2022 BAFTA GAMES AWARDS
- BAFTA Games Awards partners with EE, the UK’s number one network for gaming, to announce the return of the EE Game of the Year Award – the only award to be voted for by the public
- The 2022 nominees are: Chicory: A Colorful Tale, Deathloop, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread, The Forgotten City and Unpacking
- The community of games fans can now vote for the EE Game of the Year Award at: https://ee.co.uk/why-ee/baftagames
- Nominations for all other categories will be announced on Thursday 3rd March with the winners announced at the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 7th April 2022
Tuesday 1st March 2022, London: Today, the six nominees for the EE Game of the Year Award have been announced ahead of the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 7th April 2022.
Brought to fans by EE, the UK’s number one network for gaming, the award – which was first announced in 2021 – is the only category to be voted for by the community of gaming fans. For the second year running, the shortlist was decided by a jury of games experts* earlier this month who were tasked with nominating six games that had resonated most with players around the world, – capturing imaginations and keeping us entertained and connected over the past year.
The jury has now handed over control, with the final decision in the hands of the public. Voting for the EE Game of the Year opens from today and closes at 6pm GMT Friday 1st April.
The EE Game of the Year nominees for 2022 are:
CHICORY: A COLORFUL TALE is a top-down adventure game in a coloring book world where you can draw on anything. Developed by Greg Lobanov, A Shell in the Pit, Madeline Berger, Alexis Dean-Jones and Lena Raine, you can use your painting powers to explore new places, solve puzzles, help your friends, and change the world! Something terrible happened. Chicory, superstar artist and wielder of the Brush, is missing, and all the colour in the land vanished with her. It’s up to you, Chicory’s number one fan, to pick up the Brush and fill in for her. It’s a big job… but you’re ready for it! Probably! The game is available on PlayStation® 4 and 5, Nintendo® Switch and on PC.
DEATHLOOP is a next-gen first-person shooter game from Arkane Lyon, the award-winning studio behind Dishonored. The studio’s new IP continues Arkane’s signature gameplay design, challenging you to play your own way. In DEATHLOOP, there is nowhere to run or nowhere to hide as two rival assassins are trapped in a mysterious timeloop on the island of Blackreef doomed to repeat the same day for eternity. The only chance for escape is to break the loop by unearthing information and assassinating eight key targets before the day resets. However, lurking in the shadows is rival assassin Julianna, equipped with her own equally powerful abilities and weapons, on a mission to protect the loop by assassinating Colt, and restarting the cycle. You can also choose to take control of Julianna, turning DEATHLOOP into a deadly game of hunter-vs-hunted. The game is available on PlayStation® 5 and on PC.
IT TAKES TWO is an action-adventure platform game developed by Hazelight Studios, the developer behind A Way Out. Embark on an all-new, crazy journey in It Takes Two, a genre-bending platform adventure game created purely for co-op. Play as the clashing couple Cody and May, two humans turned into dolls by a magic spell, who, trapped in a fantastical world where unpredictability hides around every corner, are reluctantly challenged with saving their relationship. In It Takes Two, you work together across a huge variety of gleefully disruptive gameplay challenges. With connected character abilities in every new level, an abundance of unexpected obstacles and hilariously heartfelt moments, you will work your way through a uniquely metaphorical gameplay experience. It Takes Two whisks players on a wild and wondrous ride where only one thing is for certain: we’re better together. The game is available on PlayStation® 4 and 5, Xbox® One, Xbox® Series and on PC.
METROID DREAD is an action-adventure game developed by MercuryStream and Nintendo. Face off against unrelenting E.M.M.I. robots! Join bounty hunter Samus Aran as she escapes a deadly alien world plagued by a mechanical menace in Metroid Dread. Samus’ story continues after the events of Metroid Fusion when she descends upon planet ZDR to investigate a mysterious transmission sent to the Galactic Federation. The remote planet has become overrun by vicious alien lifeforms and chilling mechanical menaces. Samus is more agile and capable than ever, but can she overcome the inhuman threat stalking the depths of ZDR? Parkour over obstacles, slide through tight spaces, counter enemies, and battle your way through the planet. The game is available on Nintendo Switch.
THE FORGOTTEN CITY is a mystery adventure role-playing game and a full video game adaptation of the critically-acclaimed The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Developed by Australian developer, Modern Storyteller, The Forgotten City is a narrative-driven time loop adventure in ancient Rome. Travel 2,000 years into the past and relive the final days of a cursed Roman city, where if one person sins, everyone dies. Combat is an option, but violence will only get you so far. Only by questioning an intertwined community of colourful characters, cleverly exploiting the time loop, and making difficult moral choices can you hope to solve this epic mystery. Here, your decisions matter. The fate of the city is in your hands. The game is available on Xbox® Series and One, PlayStation® 4 and 5, Nintendo® Switch and on PC.
UNPACKING is a zen game about the familiar experience of pulling possessions out of boxes and fitting them into a new home. Developed by Witch Beam, Unpacking is a part block-fitting puzzle, part home decoration where you are invited to create a satisfying living space while learning clues about the life they are unpacking. Over the course of eight house moves, you are given a chance to experience a sense of intimacy with a character you never see and a story you’re never told. The game is available on Xbox® One, Nintendo® Switch and on PC.
Dr. Jo Twist OBE, Chair of BAFTA’s Games Committee, said: "Congratulations to all nominees for this year's EE Game of The Year award. I'm delighted that we had industry experts, content creators, and games journalists participating as BAFTA jury, some for the very first time. These six games have made the shortlist because they represent a diverse range of game-play, genres and storylines, and now it's your turn to vote for your favourites. Our other category nominations will be revealed live on BAFTA's Twitch channel this Thursday 3rd March, and we're looking forward to celebrating the winners live in person on Thursday 7th April together at the awards after two years being virtual."
Stephanie Ijoma, Gaming Influencer and member of the EE Game of the Year 2022 jury, said: “Being a part of the EE Game of the Year jury panel is a proud moment for me and I could not be happier to judge the nominees. The chosen games this year have had such a huge impact and deserve to be celebrated – they are all winners in my eyes. Gaming as a whole allows not only myself, but for the organisation and community that I have built over the last 7 years to feel and belong in a space that allows us to escape reality.”
Mike Diver, Head of Content at GAMINGBible and member of the EE Game of the Year 2022 jury, said: “It's been fantastic to discuss the best of the last year of gaming with some amazing people, on this year's panel. From phenomenal indies to remarkable freshness in the bigger-budget space, 2021 was a terrific year - and we really felt that on GAMINGBible, with our audience resonating with a wealth of original experiences. I hope that the voting public agrees that whatever game wins, every candidate is well worth checking out.”
Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at EE, said: “As the UK’s number one network for gaming, we are pleased to announce the return of the EE Game of the Year Award for the second year. This unique category not only champions the games that have most resonated with gaming fans over the last year, but it also gives gamers a platform to support the games industry and celebrate another fantastic year of games. The jury panel have chosen a great shortlist and so now it is up to the public to decide who will be crowned the winner at this year’s BAFTA Games Awards.”
Voting for the EE Game of the Year opens from today until 6pm GMT on Friday 1st April. Vote now at https://ee.co.uk/why-ee/baftagames.The EE Game of the Year winner will be announced at the BAFTA Games Awards on Thursday 7th April 2022.
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EE Game of the Year Award Jury Panel
- Dr Jo Twist, Chair of Games Committee
- Alex Spencer, Features Editor at EDGE
- Laura Kate Dale, Journalist and Author
- Tamoor Hussain, Managing Editor at GameSpot
- Stephanie Ijoma, Gaming Consultant and Founder of NNESAGA
- Mike Diver, Head of Content at GAMINGbible
- Sam Loveridge, Global Editor-In-Chief at GamesRadar
- Janet Garcia, Video Game Critic and Content Creator
- Ryan Brown, Writer and PR at Super Rare Games
- Elle Osili-Wood, Video Game Presenter and Journalist
- Jane Douglas, Writer, Video Producer and Presenter at Outside Xbox
- Julia Hardy, TV Presenter
- Victoria Brown, Content Creator and Influencer
- Tom Hutchinson, Associate Editor at Daily Star
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