The BAFTA Game Awards took place last night where the winners in each of this year's categories were announced. We'll go through the highlights of the show here, but if you want to check out a quick searchable list of the Bafta nominations, check out the Family Gaming Database Bafta list.
The headline from the show are that Returnal won Audio Achievement, Best Game and Music, and Performer in a Leading Role for Jane Perry, winning her first BAFTA. Two games won two BAFTAs each: It Takes Two won Multiplayer and Original Property, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart won Animation and Technical Achievement.
Kimberly Brooks was another first-time performance winner, taking home the BAFTA for Performer in a Supporting Role for her role as Hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2. TOEM, the hand-drawn adventure game, won the Debut category.
Artistic Achievement was won by The Artful Escape, the game about a guitar prodigy who sets out on a psychedelic journey to inspire his stage persona and confront the legacy of a dead folk legend. Forza Horizon 5 won British Game, the second BAFTA for the racing franchise that has been nominated in every year of release.
Evolving Game was won by No Man’s Sky, the game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated galaxy. The top-down action adventure game Chicory: A Colorful Tale won Family.
Game Beyond Entertainment, the category that recognises games that deliver a transformational experience beyond pure entertainment, was won by Before Your Eyes, the narrative adventure game that tells the story of a soul’s journey into the after-life.
Game Design was won by Inscryption, the card-based game that blends deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles and psychological horror. Unpacking, the game about taking things out of boxes and discovering a life in the process, won the BAFTA for Narrative as well as EE Game of the Year, the only award voted for by the public.
The Awards are supported by BAFTA’s official games partners Electronic Arts, Epic Games, PlayStation, SEGA, Tencent and Ubisoft with EE sponsoring the Game of the Year Award.