The Writers Guild of America has finally announced their nominations for their “Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing” Award ahead of the group’s annual award show next month.
This year’s nominees are as follows:
- ‘Alien: Isolation’ (The Creative Assembly) – Written by Dan Abnett, Dion Lay and Will Porter
- ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ (Ubisoft Montreal) – Written by Alexandre Amancio, Sylvain Bernard and Travis Stout. Scriptwriting by Alexandre Amancio, Travis Stout, Russell Lees, Darby McDevitt, Ceri Young. Additional Scriptwriting by Jeffrey Yohalem.
- ‘Assassin’s Creed: Freedom Cry’ (Ubisoft Quebec) – Lead Scriptwriter Jill Murray; Scriptwriter Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jill Murray, Hugo Giard, Wesley Pincombe.
- The Last of Us: Left Behind (Naughty Dog) – Written by Neil Druckmann.
With this year’s nominees lined up, it looks like it’s anyone’s game at this point with well-received narrative efforts across each of the games nominated.
The winner of last year’s award was none other than Neil Druckmann for his writing work on ‘The Last of Us.’ Interestingly enough, ‘The Last of Us’ is represented once more in the form of the game’s DLC entitled ‘The Last of Us: Left Behind,’ which was also written by Druckmann.
For those interested in knowing, in order for a game to qualify for the Video Game Writing Award for the Writer’s Guild Awards, games have to have been released between December 1, 2013 and November 30, 2014. On top of that of that qualification, writers also need to have been a member of the Writers Guild of America’s Caucus or to have applied to become a member within that time frame as well.
This year’s Writers Guild of America Awards, which also announces the winners of awards for exceptional writing film and TV, will be held on February 14.
What do you think of nominees? Do you feel like they are solid picks or are there any games you think should have made it in? Let us know in the comments below!