Last year, Playdead’s Inside was the big winner at the BAFTA Awards, and this year, Ninja Theory’s Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice continued the trend of genre games scoring the big wins. However, Hellblade didn’t pick up the Best Game award. That went to another genre compatriot.
Last night at the Tobacco Dock, Hellblade took home five awards from their nine nominations, including the awards for Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Best British Game, Game Beyond Entertainment and Best Original Property. The game was also nominated for Best Game (along with this past year’s heavyweights in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Horizon Zero Dawn), but surprisingly those three lost to Giant Sparrow’s What Remains of Edith Finch, which was nominated for seven categories, but only snagged this one. Infinite Fall’s Night in the Woods snagged the Best Narrative award after being nominated in four categories.
Other genre nominees up for awards included Epic’s Fortnite, Bethesda’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and Life is Strange: Before the Storm.
The BAFTA Award has a habit of giving the Best Game nod to those “out of nowhere” nominees. Last year, Uncharted 4 won the top prize, despite losing out in the seven other categories it was nominated in. The same thing occurred in 2016 for Fallout 4, which only had two nominations.
To see a full list of nominees and winners, you can head to the official site.