Zelda: Breath of the Wild is GDC's Game of the Year

Horizon Zero Dawn and Cuphead also win prizes.

Nintendo's vast and beautiful sandbox evolution of the Zelda series, Breath of the Wild, triumphed at last night's GDC Awards in San Francisco.

Link's absorbing adventure was crowned Game of the Year in front of attendees from the annual Game Developer's Conference, beating PUBG, Super Mario Odyssey, Nier: Automata and Horizon Zero Dawn to the title. Nintendo's hit also took home the prizes for Best Design and Best Audio, making it the night's biggest winner.

Charming 1920s cartoon run-and-gun indie darling Cuphead took home two prizes, with StudioMDHR deservingly awarded Best Artwork and Best Debut for the long-gestating game. Mind-boggling indie puzzler Gorogoa also took home two awards, for Best Mobile Game and Best Innovation.

The night's other winners were Horizon Zero Dawn, lauded for Best Technology; What Remains of Edith Finch, which earned Best Narrative; and Superhot VR, which was named Best VR/AR Game.

Tim Schafer, head honcho of Double Fine and the man who brought us Monkey Island 2, Psychonauts, Brutal Legend and Broken Age, was given the lifetime achievement award, while Rami Ismail of Vlambeer (Luftrausers, Nuclear Throne) was honored with the Ambassador Award for his work in encouraging diversity in development teams.

Dan has been playing games since the 1980s, and doesn't plan on stopping any time soon. Also, get off his lawn. You can contact him by email if you need to know exactly how to leave his lawn.


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