The Game Developers’ Choice Awards 2016 took place at the Moscone Convention Center on Wednesday in San Francisco. CD Projekt RED’s open world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt received a deluge of praise, whilst Sam Barlow’s interactive thriller Her Story virtually stole the show.
The suspenseful detective game had been nominated earlier for two IGF awards for narrative excellence and the Seumas McNally grand prize, as well as three GDC awards – one of which also praised its narrative.
Dontnod’s point and click episodic adventure Life is Strange walked away with the Audience Awards, whilst the game named for Best Audio was Crypt of the Necrodancer.
Meanwhile, Moon Studios, the developer behind Ori and the Blind Forest picked up Best Debut (the game itself attaining Best Visual Art), with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt swiping best technology and GDC’s Game of the Year award.
A full list detailing the Game Developers’ Choice Award winners can be found below (source: Polygon).
Best debut: Moon Studios (Ori and the Blind Forest)
Best audio: Crypt of the Necrodancer
Innovation award: Her Story
Best technology: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Best visual art: Ori and the Blind Forest
Best narrative: Her Story
Best design: Rocket League
Best handheld/mobile game: Her Story
Audience award: Life is Strange
Game of the Year: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt