We have the list of finalists for the 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards! Winners will be announced during a ceremony on March 16 in San Francisco. The event will be hosted by Robin Hunicke, co-founder of indie game studio Funomena, and it will happen as part of the Game Developer’s Conference (GDC). Immediately preceding the conference will be the Independent Games Festival Awards, whose finalists were announced last week.

Both ceremonies will be livestreamed via Twitch.

Leading the awards are Metal Gear Solid V and The Witcher 3. Both games are nominated in four categories each. Following with nominations in three categories each are Star Wars Battlefront, Ori and the Blind Forest, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, Her Story, Undertale, and Splatoon.

Any game that was released publicly during the 2015 calendar year is eligible for nomination, regardless of platform.

Here is the complete list of nominees (as well as honorable mentions):

Game of the Year
– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
– The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
– Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
– Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
Rocket League (Psyonix)
Honorable Mentions: Her Story (Sam Barlow), Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo), Undertale (Toby Fox), Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo), Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)

Innovation Award
– Her Story (Sam Barlow)
Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo)
– Undertale (Toby Fox)
– Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)
– The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)
Honorable Mentions: Rocket League (Psyonix), Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (Steel Crate Games) Cibele (Star Maid Games), Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix), Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)

Best Debut
– Studio Wildcard (ARK: Survival Evolved)
– Toby Fox (Undertale)
– Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)
– Moppin (Downwell)
– Steel Crate Games (Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes)
Honorable Mentions: Asteroid Base (Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime), Question (The Magic Circle), Thomas Happ (Axiom Verge), Dinosaur Polo Club (Mini Metro), MidBoss (Read Only Memories)

Best Design
– Rocket League (Psyonix)
– Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
– Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios/ Bethesda Softworks)
– Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)
Honorable Mentions: Her Story (Sam Barlow), Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo), Undertale (Toby Fox), The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)

Best Handheld/Mobile Game
Lara Croft GO (Square Enix Montréal / Square Enix)
Fallout Shelter (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
– Downwell (Moppin / Devolver Digital)
– Her Story (Sam Barlow)
AlphaBear (Spry Fox)
Honorable Mentions: Prune (Joel McDonald), The Room Three (Fireproof Games), Subterfuge (Ron Carmel and Noel Llopis), Pac-Man 256 (Hipster Whale and 3 Sprockets / BANDAI NAMCO), Sage Solitaire (Zach Gage), SteamWorld Heist (Image and Form), You Must Build a Boat (EightyEight Games)

Best Visual Art
– Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
– The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
– Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)
Honorable Mentions: Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami), Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix), Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), The Order: 1886 (Ready at Dawn / Sony Computer Entertainment), Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment), Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)

Best Narrative
– Her Story (Sam Barlow)
– The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
– Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix)
– Undertale (Toby Fox)
– The Beginner’s Guide (Everything Unlimited Ltd.)
Honorable Mentions: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment), Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks), Until Dawn (Supermassive Games / Sony Computer Entertainment), Cibele (Star Maid Games), SOMA (Frictional Games)

Best Audio
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
– Ori and the Blind Forest (Moon Studios / Microsoft Studios)
– Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture (The Chinese Room / Sony Computer Entertainment)
– Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
Crypt of the NecroDancer (Brace Yourself Games)
Honorable Mentions: Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks),The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), Life is Strange (Dontnod Entertainment / Square Enix), SOMA (Frictional Games), Bloodborne (FromSoftware / Sony Computer Entertainment), Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo)

Best Technology
– Metal Gear Solid V (Kojima Productions / Konami)
– The Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)
– Star Wars Battlefront (DICE / Electronic Arts)
– Fallout 4 (Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks)
– Just Cause 3 (Avalanche Studios / Square Enix)
Honorable Mentions: Rise of the Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics / Square Enix), Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), Splatoon (Nintendo EAD Group No. 2 / Nintendo), Super Mario Maker (Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 / Nintendo), Halo 5: Guardians (343 Industries / Microsoft Studios)

Courtney Holmes

Courtney Holmes

Courtney is Pixelkin's Associate Managing Editor. While working with the Girl Scouts of Northern California, she mentored young girls in teamwork, leadership, personal responsibility, and safety. Today, she spends her time studying adolescent development and using literary analysis techniques to examine video games.