Despite generating controversy due to the short amount of time given to developers' speeches, The Game Awards consolidated its position as the most popular video game awards event, with viewership increasing by 15% to 118 million viewers.
Few would argue that the awards themselves are the main appeal, and whatever you say about the BAFTA Game Awards, they won't be interspersed with new trailer reveals and appearances from Gonzo the Great.
The BAFTA awards ceremony takes place in April, with the final nominations expected to be announced in March, but the Long list of the initial 60 nominees has just been revealed, and it's no surprise to find that Baldur's Gate 3 and Alan Wake 2 have the most votes.
Baldur's Gate 3 is nominated in the most categories, totaling 15, closely followed by Alan Wake 2 at 14, Spider-Man 2 at 10, Hogwarts Legacy at 9, and Zelda: Tears Of The Kingdom and Final Fantasy 16 at eight.
As always, the most anticipated category is Best Game, which currently has 10 nominees. These will be narrowed down in the next round of voting, before the list of nominees is revealed on March 7.
The BAFTAs often tend to favor narrative-driven and/or British-made games while underrepresenting Japanese titles, and that appears to be the case again this year.
As such, it's very difficult to guess which will be the winner next year, between Baldur's Gate 3 and Alan Wake 2. But since Baldur's Gate 3 features multiple British voice actors, let's take a guess at that.
Nominated for best game at the BAFTA Game Awards
- Alan Wake 2
- Baldur's Gate 3
- Dave the diver
- Hogwarts Legacy
- The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
- Marvel's Spider-Man 2
- Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
- Super Mario Bros. Wonder
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