The 16th Annual BAFTA Game Awards had to be pre-recorded this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it still delivered accolades to 2019’s best games. The mysterious exploration game Outer Wilds won the top prize this year, while Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima was honored with a BAFTA fellowship.
The BBC reports that Outer Wilds writer Kelsey Beachum thanked the fans for helping get the word out about the indie game. “Word of mouth has been essential in getting people to play the game, you’re all really beautiful,” Beachum said.
Outer Wilds won three awards in all, including for game design and original property. Disco Elysium also won three awards, for best music, debut game, and best narrative. Call of Duty Mobile won the Mobile Game of the Year, which is the lone category decided by a public vote.
In addition to Kojima’s fellowship honor, Death Stranding won an award for technical achievement. Though it had 11 nominations, the action game Control only won a single award for the performance of Martti Suosalo, who played Ahti. You can check out the full list of BAFTA award winners below.
2019 BAFTA Award Winners
- Animation: Luigi’s Mansion 3
- Artistic Achievement: Sayonara Wild Hearts
- Audio Achievement: Ape Out
- British Game: Observation
- Debut Game: Disco Elysium
- Evolving Game: Path of Exile
- Family Game: Untitled Goose Game
- Game Beyond Entertainment: Kind Words (Lo Fi Chill Beats To Write To)
- Game Design: Outer Wilds
- Multiplayer: Apex Legends
- Music: Disco Elysium
- Narrative: Disco Elysium
- Original Property: Outer Wilds
- Performer in a Leading Role: Gonzalo Martin (Life is Strange)
- Performer in a Supporting Role: Martti Suosalo (Control)
- Technical Achievement: Death Stranding
- Mobile Game of the Year (Audience Vote): Call of Duty Mobile
- Best Game: Outer Wilds
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