The Writers Guild of America has announced its nominees for their annual video game writing award, with winners to be selected on February 13.
The games and teams put forward for the WGA’s 2016 “Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing” are:
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Story by Marc-Alexis Cote, Hugo Giard, Corey May, Jeffrey Yohalem; Narrative Director Corey May; Lead Writer Jeffrey Yohalem; Assistant Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Scriptwriters Russell Lees, Mark Llabres Hill, James Nadiger, Jared Schincariol, Travis Stout, Ceri Young; Additional Writing Judith Flanders, C.J. Kershner, Gabrielle Shrager, Danny Wallace; Additional Senior Writer Paul Monk; Ubisoft.
- Pillars of Eternity - Lead Writer Eric Fenstermaker; Writers Carrie Patel, Olivia Veras; Additional Writing Chris Avellone, Jeff Husges, Matt MacLean, Jorge Salgado, Josh Sawyer, George Ziets; Obsidian Entertainment.
- Rise of the Tomb Raider - Lead Narrative Designer John Stafford; Narrative Designer Cameron Suey; Lead Writer Rhianna Pratchett; Additional Writer Philip Gelatt; Microsoft.
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Lead Writer Marcin Blacha; Lead English Writer Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz; Writers Arkadiusz Borowik, Aleksandra Motyka, Bartosz Ochman, Karolina Stachyra, Jakub Szamalek; Additional Writers Marcin Batylda, Michal Galek, Tomasz Marchewka, Robert Oglodzinski, Rafal Praszalek, Artur Sliwinski, Stanislaw Swiecicki, Pawel Zych; Story Marcin Blacha, Jakub Szamalek; CD Projekt.
The awards represent an opportunity for the writers to be recognised, but it also gives them a sounding board for their work – allowing them to glean what writers in different mediums value. The other members of the guild are composed of TV, film, and other non-print media writers.
Notable recipients of the award include Naughty Dog in 2014 for The Last of Us, and in 2015 for its downloadable content Left Behind.