The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has revealed the nominations for its 25th annual DICE awards, and Insomniac’s Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart leads the pack with 9 nominations.

Arkane’s Deathloop follows closely behind with 8 nominations, while inscryption and It Takes Two earn 6 each. All four of those games are up for Game of the Year, as well as Housemarque’s Returnal – meaning three of the five GOTY contenders are PlayStation exclusives.

The awards will be held on February 24 in Las Vegas, and IGN will be the official media partner, meaning you’ll be able to stream the entire event live right here with us.

You can check out the full list of nominees below:

Game of the Year

DeathloopInscryptionIt Takes TwoRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartReturnal

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Call of Duty: VanguardDeathloopKena: Bridge of SpiritsRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartResident Evil Village

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Call of Duty: VanguardDeathloopKena: Bridge of SpiritsRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartResident Evil Village

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Deathloop – Colt VahnKena: Bridge of Spirits – KenaLife is Strange: True Colors – Alex ChenRatchet & Clank: Rift Apart – RivetResident Evil Village – Lady Dimitrescu

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

DeathloopIt Takes TwoKena: Bridge of SpiritsPsychonauts 2Returnal

Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design

Forza Horizon 5Halo InfiniteIt Takes TwoRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartReturnal

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Before Your EyesInscryptionGuardians of the GalaxyPsychonauts 2The Forgotten City

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Battlefield 2042Forza Horizon 5MoncageRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartReturnal

Action Game of the Year

DeathloopHalo InfiniteMetroid DreadReturnalThe Ascent

Adventure Game of the Year

Death’s DoorIt Takes TwoGuardians of the GalaxyPsychonauts 2Resident Evil Village

Family Game of the Year

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home ParadiseCozy GroveMario Party SuperstarsRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartWarioware: Get it Together

Fighting Game of the Year

Guilty Gear StriveMelty Blood: Type LuminaNickelodeon All-Star Brawl

Racing Game of the Year

F1 2021Forza Horizon 5Hot Wheels Unleashed

Role-Playing Game of the Year

Final Fantasy XIV: EndwalkerPathfinder: Wrath of the RighteousShin Megami Tensei VTales of AriseWildermyth

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA 22Mario Golf: Super RushNBA 2k22Riders RepublicThe Climb 2

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Age of Empires IVGloomhavenGriftlandsInscryptionLoop Hero

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

Lone Echo IIPuzzling PlacesResident Evil 4 VRSong in the SmokeYuki

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

DemeoI Expect You To Die 2Lone Echo IIResident Evil 4 VRSong in the Smoke

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

Death’s DoorInscryptionLoop HeroSableUnpacking

Mobile Game of the Year

Behind the FrameFantasianLeague of Legends: Wild RiftMoncagePokémon Unite

Online Game of the Year

Back 4 BloodCall of Duty: VanguardFinal Fantasy XIV: EndwalkerHalo InfiniteKnockout City

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

DeathloopInscryptionIt Takes TwoLoop HeroRatchet & Clank: Rift Apart

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

DeathloopInscryptionIt Takes TwoRatchet & Clank: Rift ApartThe Artful Escape

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