Returnal wins big during the 2022 BAFTA Games Awards last week. They were able to secure four awards and many other nominations.
Returnal Wins Big at the 2022 BAFTA Games Awards
- Genre: Roguelike, Third Person Shooter
- Developed by: Housemarque
- Published by: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Release date: April 30, 2021
- Price: $69.99
- Platforms: PlayStation 5
Fans of the Roguelike third-person shooter Returnal have much rejoicing this year. The 18th British Academy of Film and Television Arts Games Awards was held last week on April 7thm and Returnal had a massive presence.
Video Games had 18 different categories overall. This ranged from Best Game, Animation, Artistic or Audio Achievement, Multiplayer, Music, and Narrative, among others. Returnal was nominated for a total of 9 categories and won 4 of those. The biggest award of which would be BAFTA’s Best Game Award.
Returnal won the 2022 BAFTA Best Game Award. It was up against heavy hitters Deathloop, Forza Horizon 5, It Takes Two, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, and Inscryption for the Best Game Award.
Housemarque studio head Ilari Kuittinen accepted the award, as well as some other dev team members. He was humbled by the number of awards that Returnal was nominated for. Kuittinen then proceeded to relay the acceptance speech of game director Harry Kreuger as he wasn’t able to attend the event in person.
“Thanks a lot to the academy for this amazing award. We poured a lot of love into Returnal and it’s incredibly humbling for our hard work to be recognized in such a profound way. When making Returnal, we all found ourselves in uncharted territory. We had never made a game of this caliber and ambition before. In many ways we took a leap of faith and had to build our wings while falling.” says Kreuger’s speech.
He then also extends the congratulations to the rest of the members of Housemarque, Sony, and all the friends and family.
The roguelike also took the trophy for best Audio Achievement, Best Music. Jane Perry as Selene Vassos in Returnal also snagged the Performer in a Leading Role award.
About the BAFTA Awards
The BAFTA Games Awards, or British Academy Games Awards first started in 2004. BAFTA Games Awards usually celebrate “outstanding creative achievement”. Since its inception, there have been a total of 11 BAFTA Games Awards ceremonies.
The earliest winners of the BAFTA Games Awards were Call of Duty (the original) back in 2003, Half-Life 2 (2004), and Bioshock (2007). More recent winners are What Remains of Edith Finch (2017), God of War (2018), Outer Wilds (2019) and Hades (2020).
Returnal was definitely an excellent surprise. It proved itself to be a very refreshing take on the roguelike genre and really exceeded our expectations. Each new run was filled with variety and high-tension action. Returnal scored a 9.3 in our full Returnal Review.
The list of accolades that it has secured continues to grow, especially with the BAFTA Winnings. It won the “Best Surprise” Award in the 2021 Fexy Awards.
Returnal is also still receiving updates, well past its original release date. Just last month, the PS5 exclusive released the “Ascension” update. New content in the update added two-player cooperative gameplay. An endless mode with leaderboards also saw the light of day, called the Tower of Sisyphus.
The new features and the highlight at the BAFTA awards are definitely going to breathe new life into the game. Hopefully, we get more great games from Housemarque, now that they are getting the recognition that they deserve.
Video Games also continue to be making a huge impact in our culture. For example, Hades was the first video game ever to receive a Hugo Award back in December. The Hugos are usually reserved for literature specifically in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. Perhaps the Hugo 2022 Award may go to Returnal? Let’s wait and see in December!
The Other 2022 BAFTA Awards
The full list of Game Award categories and winners can be seen below.
- Best game – Returnal
- Best British game – Forza Horizon 5
- Performer in a leading role – Jane Perry as Selene Vassos in Returnal
- Performer in a supporting role – Kimberly Brooks as Hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2
- EE game of the year – Unpacking
- Narrative – Unpacking
- Evolving game – No Man’s Sky
- Original property – It Takes Two
- Multiplayer – It Takes Two
- Debut game – Toem
- Game beyond entertainment – Before Your Eyes
- Family – Chicory: A Colorful Tale
- Animation – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Game design – Inscryption
- Artistic achievement – The Artful Escape
- Technical achievement – Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Audio achievement – Returnal
- Music – Returnal
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