The Game Awards 2022 nominees: God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring dominate

God of War Ragnarok - The Game Awards 2022 nominees

The Game Awards 2022, the upcoming ceremony referred to by some as the Academy Awards of gaming, unveiled its full list of nominees overnight, dominated by recent release God of War Ragnarok, and Elden Ring.

Revealed in a livestream by host Geoff Keighley – who you may recall from “Not-E3” – The Game Awards 2022 features a range of separate categories encompassing different genres and game development disciplines. God of War Ragnarok, developed by US-based PlayStation developer Santa Monica Studio, leads the way with 10 nominations, including for the highly coveted Game of the Year category. Following closely behind is Elden Ring by Japanese team From Software, known for the punishing Dark Souls series, with seven nominations. Melbourne-made hit Cult of the Lamb is also up for Best Indie Game, carrying the torch for the Australian industry on the international stage.

Here are some of the major nominee announcements from overnight alongside a description of each included category. A full list of all 31 categories, including content creation and esports fields, is available via the official website. The Game Awards 2022 ceremony streams online starting at 11:30am AEDT on 9 December.

The Game Awards 2022 nominations

Game of the Year

Recognising a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Elden Ring - The Game Awards 2022 nominees
Elden Ring

Best Indie

For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Neon White
  • Sifu
  • Stray
  • Tunic

Best Multiplayer Game

For outstanding gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre or platform

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  • Multiversus
  • Overwatch 2
  • Splatoon 3
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge

Best Family Game

For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform.

  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land
  • Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Nintendo Switch Sports
  • Splatoon 3

Best Mobile Game

For the best game playable on a mobile device.

  • Apex Legends Mobile
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Genshin Impact
  • Marvel Snap
  • Tower of Fantasy

Best Narrative

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Immortality

Best Art Direction

For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War: Ragnarok
  • Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Scorn
  • Stray
Cult of the Lamb - The Game Awards 2022 nominees
Australia’s own Cult of the Lamb

Best Score / Music

For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licenced soundtrack.

  • Olivier Deriviere – A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Tsukasa Saitoh – Elden Ring
  • Bear McCreary – God of War: Ragnarok
  • Two Feathers – Metal Hellsinger
  • Yasunori Mitsuda – Xenoblade Chronicles 3

Best Audio Design

Recognising the best in-game audio and sound design.

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Horizon Forbidden West

Best Performance

Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

  • Ashly Burch – Horizon: Forbidden West
  • Charlotte McBurney – A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Christopher Judge – God of War: Ragnarok
  • Manon Gage – Immortality
  • Sunny Suljic – God of War: Ragnarok

Games for impact

For a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message.

  • A Memoir Blue
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Citizen Sleeper
  • Endling – Extinction is Forever
  • Hindsight
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist

Innovation in Accessibility

Recognising software and/or hardware that is pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played by an even wider audience.

  • As Dusk Falls
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Return to Monkey Island
  • The Last of Us Part I
  • The Quarry

Best AR / VR

For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.

  • After the Fall
  • Among Us VR
  • Bonelab
  • Moss: Book II
  • Red Matter 2

Best ongoing game

Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

  • Apex Legends
  • Destiny 2
  • Final Fantasy 14 Online
  • Fortnite
  • Genshin Impact
Stray - The Game Awards 2022 nominees

Best debut indie game

For the best debut game created by a new independent studio.

  • Neon White
  • Norco
  • Stray
  • Tunic
  • Vampire Survivors

It’s a great list of games that will likely see both Elden Ring and God of War Ragnarok dominate their respective categories. Both are excellent games in their own right, so it will be interesting to see which one wins the most awards at the ceremony.