The annual Writers Guild Awards will be held on February 13, and – just like every year – there’s a special category just for video games. This year, there are four nominations, including the latest titles from three major franchises, and a Little Indie That Could.
2015 was a good year for RPGs, with both The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity releasing within just a few months of each other, and Rhianna Pratchett’s return to Lara Croft sees Rise of the Tomb Raider get a nod. That said, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate continues the tradition of that particular series being nominated for great writing (Revelations was nominated in 2012, Black Flag in 2014, both Freedom Cry and Unity in 2015, and Vita title Liberation actually won in 2013, when it convincingly beat its console counterpart).
To be eligible for the WGA Videogame Writing Award, a game must have been published in the previous year (between December 1 and November 30, 2015), feature an on-screen writing credit, and the credited writers must be (or must have applied to be) members of the WGA Videogame Writers Caucus at the time the scripts were submitted.
The official judging panel is made up of Videogame Writers Caucus members and/or Writers Guild members who happen to be active in videogame writing.
The nominations in full:
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Story by Marc-Alexis Cote, Hugo Giard, Corey May, Jeffrey Yohalem; Narrative Director Corey May; Lead Writer Jeffrey Yohalem; Assistant Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Scriptwriters Richard Farrese, Russell Lees, Mark Llabres Hill, James Nadiger, Jared Schincariol, Travis Stout, Ceri Young; Additional Writing Judith Flanders, C.J. Kershner, Gabrielle Shrager, Danny Wallace; Additional Senior Writer Paul Monk; Ubisoft
Pillars of Eternity, Lead Writer Eric Fenstermaker; Writers Carrie Patel, Olivia Veras; Additional Writing Chris Avellone, Jeff Husges, Matt MacLean, Jorge Salgado, Josh Sawyer, George Ziets; Obsidian Entertainment
Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lead Narrative Designer John Stafford; Narrative Designer Cameron Suey; Lead Writer Rhianna Pratchett; Additional Writer Philip Gelatt; Microsoft
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Lead Writer Marcin Blacha; Lead English Writer Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz; Writers Arkadiusz Borowik, Aleksandra Motyka, Bartosz Ochman, Karolina Stachyra, Jakub Szamalek; Additional Writers Marcin Batylda, Michal Galek, Tomasz Marchewka, Robert Oglodzinski, Rafal Praszalek, Artur Sliwinski, Stanislaw Swiecicki, Pawel Zych; Story Marcin Blacha, Jakub Szamalek; CD Projekt