The European video game festival’s awards will be delivered during the closing ceremony at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao on 10 December.

Assassin´s Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft) and God of War have the most nominations, with six each, followed by Red Dead Redemption 2, which has five.

Indie game Return of the Obra Dinn takes a spot amongst the candidates for Game of the year, where it is set to compete against blockbusters such as Assassins Creed Odyssey, God of War, Marvel´s Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2.

The list of finalists in the different award categories for the now veteran Fun & Serious Game Festival in Bilbao has just been released, and includes essential titles for video game enthusiasts and also a few interesting surprises. As in previous years, the Titanium Awards will be presented during the customary festival gala at the atrium of the Guggenheim Museum, on Monday 10 December. Where Brenda Romero, Jade Raymond and Fumito Ueda are also set to receive honorary awards – an event attended by authentic sector icons over the past seven years, such as Jeff Kaplan, Jordan Mechner, Tim Schafer, Yuji Naka, Alexey Pajitnov, Warren Spector, and Peter Molyneux.

Two historical action games have the most nominations (with 6 each): Assassin´s Creed Odyssey – the latest offering from the Ubisoft franchise, set in Greece during the Flavian dynasty; and God of War (Sony) – which follows the vicissitudes of Kratos, the Spartan demigod. Followed by the hotly awaited western sequel Red Dead Redemption 2 (with five nominations for a Titanium) and Marvel´s Spider-Man y Return of the Obra Fynn (with 4 nominations each), as favourites on the panel’s ‘short-list’ of finalists.

Indie game Return of the Obra Dinn is one of the finalists for Game of the year, set to compete against giants such as Assassins Creed Odyssey, God of War, Marvel´s Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Monochrome murder mystery Return of the Obra Dinn from Lucas Pope, which delves into the fate of the 60 crew missing from a ship following its return to port, has also been nominated in the category for Best Indie Video Game (and competes against Minit, Into the Breach – also nominated for Best Game DesignCeleste and Red Strings Club). It is also in the running for Titanium Awards in the Best Narrative Design and Best Game Design categories.

Five titles will compete in the category for Best Artistic Design, which rewards aesthetic and visual care and attention: Assassin´s Creed Odyssey, Dragon Quest XI, God of War, Sea of Thieves and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Quantic Dream’s dystopian futuristic game Detroit Become Human obtains the first of its nominations for the award for narrative care and attention and playability (Best Narrative Design). And competes against Assassin´s Creed Odyssey, God of War, Return of the Obra Dinn and Read Dead Redemption 2.

The game’s second nomination is courtesy of its dubbing into Spanish by Luis Bajo who plays Lieutenant Hank Anderson (Detroit Become Human), for the Best Dubbing Award, which also includes nominees Mario García as Peter Parker/SpiderMan (Marvel´s Spider-Man), Joël Mulachs as Kassandra (Assassin´s Creed Odyssey), Rafael Azcárraga as Kratos (God of War) and Danai Querol as Lara Croft (Shadow of the Tomb Raider).

The finalists for Best Game Design include two indie games, Return of the Obra Dinn and Into the Breach, in addition to God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin´s Creed Odyssey.

Nominees for the Award for Best Original Soundtrack, include notable musical soundtracks by Bear McCreary for God of War, by Joe Hisaishi for Ni No Kuni 2, Woody Jackson for Red Dead Redemption 2, Austin Wintory for The Banner Saga 3 and John Paesano for Marvel´s Spider-Man.

Genre nominations, such as Best Adventure Game, include Assassin´s Creed Odyssey, God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2, Marvel´s Spider-Man and Shadow of the Tomb Raider (with two nominations).
Whilst nominees for the Action Game category include Cod Black Ops III, Battlefield V, Far Cry 5, Wharhammer Vermintide 2 and Quake Champions.

And the Role-Playing Game category, which gains autonomy and its own Titanium award this year, includes Ni No Kuni 2 (with its second nomination), Dragon Quest XI, Kingdom Come Deliverance, Vampyr and Monster Hunter World.

Nominees for the Award for Best Family/Social Game, which rewards games that promote group playing for all ages, now in its eighth year at F&S, include Sea of Thieves, Unravel 2, Starlink Battle for Atlas and Super Mario Party.

The category for Best Sports/Driving Game, which combines football, basketball and formula 1 includes nominees FIFA19, Forza Horizon 4, NBA 2K19, PES 2019 and F1 2018.

Lastly, the category for Fighting Games this year includes three nominees: Dragon Ball Fightez, Soul Calibur VI and Blazblue: Cross Tag Battle.

As already mentioned, this year’s Honorary Awards go to Brenda Romero (a significant figure above all in the role-playing genre with her contributions to Wizalry and another 47 titles, including The Mansion, Dungeons & Dragos: Heroes y Jagged Alliance) Jade Raymond (who played a key role in the industry as the producer of such relevant titles as Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, o Splinter Cell: Blacklist de Tom Clancy) and Fumito Ueda, creator of ICO, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian.

Please find below the full list of games that will compete for the trophies in each category during the Fun & Serious Game Festival Awards Gala, which is set to take place at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao on 10 December 2018.

GAME OF THE YEAR

  • ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY
  • DRAGON QUEST XI
  • GOD OF WAR
  • MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2

BEST INDIE GAME

  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN
  • MINIT
  • INTO THE BREACH
  • CELESTE
  • RED STRINGS CLUB

BEST ARTISTIC DESIGN

  • ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY
  • DRAGON QUEST XI
  • GOD OF WAR
  • SEA OF THIEVES
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2

BEST NARRATIVE DESIGN

  • ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY
  • DETROIT BECOME HUMAN
  • GOD OF WAR
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2

BEST GAME DESIGN

  • GOD OF WAR
  • RETURN OF THE OBRA DINN
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
  • INTO THE BREACH
  • ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY

BEST DUBBING INTO SPANISH

  • MARIO GARCIA AS PETER PARKER/SPIDER-MAN IN MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN
  • JOËL MULACHS AS KASSANDRA IN ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY
  • LUIS BAJO AS TENIENTE HANK ANDERSON IN DETROIT BECOME HUMAN
  • RAFAEL AZCÁRRAGA AS KRATOS IN GOD OF WAR
  • DANAI QUEROL AS LARA CROFT IN SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER

BEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (OST)

  • BEAR MCCREARY FOR GOD OF WAR
  • JOE HISAISHI FOR NI NO KUNI 2
  • WOODY JACKSON FOR RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
  • AUSTIN WINTORY FOR THE BANNER SAGA 3
  • JOHN PAESANO FOR MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN

BEST ADVENTURE GAME

  • ASSASSIN'S CREED ODYSSEY
  • GOD OF WAR
  • RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
  • MARVEL'S SPIDER-MAN
  • SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER

BEST ACTION GAME

  • COD BLACK OPS IIII
  • BATTLEFIELD V
  • FAR CRY 5
  • WHARHAMMER VERMINTIDE 2
  • QUAKE CHAMPIONS

BEST SOCIAL/FAMILY GAME

  • SEA OF THIEVES
  • UNRAVEL 2
  • STARLINK BATTLE FOR ATLAS
  • SUPER MARIO PARTY

BEST SPORTS / DRIVING GAME

  • FIFA 19
  • FORZA HORIZON 4
  • NBA 2K19
  • PES 2019
  • F1 2018

BEST ROLE-PLAYING GAME

  • NI NO KUNI 2
  • DRAGON QUEST XI
  • KINGDOM COME DELIVERANCE
  • VAMPYR
  • MONSTER HUNTER WORLD

BEST FIGHTING GAME

  • DRAGON BALL FIGHTEZ
  • SOUL CALIBUR VI
  • BLAZBLUE: CROSS TAG BATTLE
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