The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has revealed its finalists for the 19th annual DICE Awards, with Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt leading the pack at eight nominations each. Finalists for Game of the Year are Bloodborne, Fallout 4, Ori and the Blind Forest, Rise of the Tomb Raider and The Witcher 3. On the other side of the development spectrum, the DICE Sprite Award recognizes innovative games from small studios -- nominees this year are Her Story, GALAK-Z, Rocket League, Undertale and Kerbal Space Program.
"Looking at the nominees for the 19th Annual DICE Awards, I am especially impressed by the broad range of titles catering to gamers' increasingly sophisticated and diverse tastes," AIAS President Martin Rae says in a press release.
The DICE Awards will honor Satoru Iwata, the longtime president of Nintendo who died last year, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This is the same ceremony that will induct Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima into the AIAS Hall of Fame.
The 19th annual DICE Awards take place in Las Vegas on February 18th, hosted by comedian Pete Holmes.
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