Returnal Wins Best Game at the BAFTA Games Awards
Returnal won Best Game at this year’s BAFTA Games Awards.
Housemarque’s PS5 exclusive was nominated for the main award alongside Deathloop, Forza Horizon 5, Inscryption, It Takes Two and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
It also won the awards for Audio Direction, Music and Performer in a Leading Role, which went to Jane Perry for her role as Selene Vassos.
Returnal: Ascension – Tower of Sisyphus Gameplay Trailer | PS5
Other multiple winners included Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (for Animation and Technical Achievement), It Takes Two (for Multiplayer and Original Property), and Unpacking (for Narrative Game and EE of the Year, The only price voted by the public).
The full list of winners was as follows:
- Best Game – Back
- Animation – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Artistic realization – The artistic escape
- Audio production – Back
- UK Game – Forza Horizon 5
- First game – Toem
- Upgradable game – No Man’s Sky
- Family – Chicory: A colorful tale
- Game beyond entertainment – in front of your eyes
- Game Design – Encryption
- Multiplayer – It Takes Two
- Music – Back
- Narrative – Unboxing
- Original Property – It Takes Two
- Performer in a Leading Role – Jane Perry (return)
- Performer in a Supporting Role – Kimberly Brooks (Psychonauts 2)
- Technical Achievement – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- EE Game of the Year – Unboxing
Last year’s BAFTA Game Awards saw Hades sweep the event, winning 5 awards including Game of the Year.
With a record number of votes cast, The Last of Us Part II also won EE Game of the Year.
Returnal’s new survival mode, Tower of Sisyphus, was released last month and offers players an “endless” mode where they fight on top of a tower. The free update also added co-op support for the main game.
In a PlayStation Blog post at the time of the update, Tower of Sisyphus was described as “faithful to [Housemarque’s] arcade roots”.
Krueger said, “Each phase of the tower will end with an encounter with Algos, which will also become increasingly difficult as you progress through the mode.
“Unlike the campaign, in the tower players will also have a score to chase. You can track your progress and highest score on a leaderboard, and compete against friends and foes for the highest rank.
“Just like our previous arcade-inspired titles, you’ll also have a score multiplier – maintaining and increasing it will be key to racking up the highest scores possible.”