Friday, September 17th, 2021

Hades won the Game of the Year award again at the GDC 2021 awards ceremony


Hades is a very popular game, don’t you know? In this year’s Game Developer’s Choice Awards, Supergiant Games’ beloved indie game won another game of the year award and several other awards.

These awards were held on July 21st as an all-digital event. It is an annual event that honors the “creative, artistic and technical genius of the best developers and games created last year.” Hades was the big winner of the night, winning a total of three awards and defeating “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” in the GotY mission.

The complete list of winners and nominees is as follows.

Game of the Year

Hades (Super Giant Game)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Environmental Protection Agency/Nintendo)
The Last of Us Part Two (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
half life: Alex (valve)
Ghost on the horse (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Honor Award: Cave exploration 2 (Blitworks, Mosmouth/Mosmouth), Eternal doom (Id Software / Bethesda Softworks), Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomnia Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio / Xbox Game Studios), Final Fantasy VII: Remake (Square Enix), soul Influence (miHoYo)

Best audio

Hades (Super Giant Game)

The Last of Us Part Two (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Eternal doom (id Software / Bethesda Softworks)
Final Fantasy VII: Remake (Square Enix)
Ghost on the horse (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Honor Award: half life: Alex (valve), Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Environmental Protection Agency/Nintendo), Ori and the Will of the Elves (Moon Studio/ Xbox Game Studio/ iam8bit), Fuser (Harmonix Music System / NCsoft)

Best debut

phobia(Kinetic game)

Umurangi generation (Origame Digital / Playism, Origame Digital)
carrion (Phobia game studio / Devolver Digital)
Mortal shell (Cold Symmetry/Playstack)
Raj: Ancient Epic (Nodding Game/Super!Com)

Honor Award: The call of the sea (Unexpected/Raw Fury), Lodge (Polygonal tree house/CI game), If you find… (Dreamfeel / Annapurna Interactive)

Best design

Hades (Super Giant Game)

Ghost on the horse (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)
The Last of Us Part Two (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo Environmental Protection Agency/Nintendo)
half life: Alex (valve)

Honor Award: Final Fantasy VII: Remake (Square Enix), Crusader King III (Paradox Development Studio/Paradox Interactive), Cave exploration 2 (Blitworks, Mosmouth/Mosmouth), dream (Media molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Innovation Award

dream (Media molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio / Xbox Game Studios)
half life: Alex (valve)
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Mediatonic / Devolver Digital)
Hades (Super Giant Game)

Honor Award: Astro’s game room (Sony Japan Studio/Asobi Team/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Ghost on the horse (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment), The Last of Us Part Two (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Watchdogs: Legion (Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft)

Best mobile game

soul Influence (miHoYo)

Pathless (Giant Squid / Annapurna Interactive)
legend Runelands (Anti-riot game)
Alba: Wildlife Adventure (Ustwo / PID release)
If you find… (Dreamfeel / Annapurna Interactive)

Honor Award: Pokémon cafe mix (Genius Sonority / Nintendo / The Pokémon Company), Domination: Beyond (Nerial / Devolver Digital)

Best narrative

The Last of Us Part Two (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Kentucky Highway Zero: TV Edition (Cardboard Computer / Annapurna Interactive)
Final Fantasy VII: Remake (Square Enix)
Hades (Super Giant Game)
Ghost on the horse (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Honor Award: Spiritual Traveler (Thunder Lotus Game), half life: Alex (valve), Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt), If you find… (Dreamfeel / Annapurna Interactive), Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomnia Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment), 13 sentries: Aegis rim (Vanilla/Atlus)

Best technology

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio / Xbox Game Studios)

The Last of Us Part Two (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
half life: Alex (valve)
dream (Media molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Ghost on the horse (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Honor Award: Final Fantasy VII: Remake (Square Enix), Astronomical gaming room (Sony Japan Studio/Asobi Team/Sony Interactive Entertainment), Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomnia Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best visual arts

Ghost on the horse (Sucker Punch Productions / Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Hades (Super Giant Game)
The Last of Us Part Two (Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Ori and the Will of the Elves (Moon Studio/ Xbox Game Studio/ iam8bit)
Cyberpunk 2077 (CD Projekt RED / CD Projekt)

Honor Award: Final Fantasy VII: Remake (Square Enix), Spiritual Traveler (Thunder Lotus Game), Umranji Generation (Origame Digital / Playism, Origame Digital), Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomnia Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Best VR/AR game

half life: Alex (valve)

The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners (Sky Dance Interactive)
Paper beast (Pixel Reef)
dream (Media molecule/Sony Interactive Entertainment)
Star Wars: Squadron (Motivation Studio/Electronic Art)

Honor Award: phobia (Kinetic game), Room VR: Dark Matter (Fire game), Iron Man VR (Camouflaj / Sony Interactive Entertainment), Microsoft Flight Simulator (Asobo Studio / Xbox Game Studios), Until you fall (Sher Game)


Do you agree with the views of the winners? Want to know what all the fuss is about Hades? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below, and if you are interested, be sure to read our full Hades review-this game is also far ahead in our own 2020 best games ranking.