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Australian Game Developer Awards 2022 finalists named

Congratulations to all ADGA 2022 nominees and finalists!

Australian Game Developer Awards 2022 finalists were today named by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA), and we’ve got the full list for you below.

A juding panel of seventy Aussie games journalists, developers and professionals together whittled down the list of over forty nominated titles. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to take place on 5 October, part of Melbourne International Games Week 2022.

Titles like Heavenly Bodies, Cult of the Lamb and Wylde Flowers look to be in great places, placed in six, five and four categories respectively.

AGDA 2022 finalists

Finalists are as follows:

Game of the Year

  • Heavenly Bodies
  • Wylde Flowers
  • Cult of the Lamb

 Excellence in Art

  • Age of Darkness: Final Stand
  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Heavenly Bodies

 Excellence in Gameplay

  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Heavenly Bodies
  • JUSTICE SUCKS

 Excellence in Narrative

  • You Will (Not) Remain
  • Wylde Flowers
  • Wayward Strand

 Excellence in Sound Design

  • JUSTICE SUCKS
  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Heavenly Bodies

 Excellence in Music

  • Cult of the Lamb
  • Heavenly Bodies
  • Age of Darkness: Final Stand

 Excellence in Technical Design

  • Puzzle Quest 3
  • Age of Darkness: Final Stand
  • Heavenly Bodies

 Excellence in Accessibility – Presented by VicScreen

  • Wylde Flowers
  • Raw: Emotions Unite Us
  • Lost and Hound 

Excellence in Mobile Games

  • Dream Hopper
  • Wylde Flowers
  • Hot Lap League

 Excellence in AR/VR

  • Flush Back
  • Raw: Emotions Unite Us
  • Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown

 Excellence in Serious Games (Applied/Impactful)

  • Kinder World
  • Wayward Strand
  • Raw: Emotions Unite Us

 Excellence in Emerging Games (Student or Early Career)

  • Fantasy Town Regional Manager
  • Queer Man Peering Into A Rock Pool.jpg
  • Born Punk

 Excellence in Ongoing Games (Games as a Service)

  • The Oregon Trail
  • It’s Literally Just Mowing
  • Crash of Cars

The awards ceremony will also be livestreamed over Twitch from 7.00 pm AEDT on 5 October.

“The AGDAs is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of talent and projects here in Australia. These awards highlight the creativity amongst Australian game developers as we see new, creative IP and Australian-told stories having significant success on the international stage. We can see that successful games tend to be those that are also inclusive and accessible, and we are delighted that Australian game developers are embracing these elements, as are those who enjoy playing games,” said CEO of IGEA, Ron Curry.

“This year’s awards are filled with quality games from across Australia; from small, medium and large developer teams. With the Federal Digital Games Tax Offset due for introduction soon, Screen Australia direct funding and multiple new and improved incentives available from State governments, the Australian games industry is well poised to take advantage of our international reputation and establish a thriving game development ecosystem,” Curry continued.

Best of luck to the ADGA 2022 finalists!



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