Unity 3D has now announced the nominees for this years Unity Awards, to be handed out during the upcoming Unite2014 in Seattle later this month. And whether it’s because of the popular engine’s Danish origins, or just because Nordic developers are talented by nature, the fact is, that there is a nice strong Nordic Lineup among this years nominees.
Joining the fight for the prestigious ‘Golden Cube’, which in Unity terms translates to ‘Game of the Year’, are two great Nordic titles. Device 6 from Swedish tablet-wizards Simogo, and platform-puzzler Max: The Curse of Brotherhood from Microsoft-owned Copenhageners Press Play. Hailing from very different ends of the game spectrum, they will be duking it out for the grand prize against titles like Blizzard’s Hearthstone and ustwo’s Monument Valley.
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood pops up again with a nomination in the category for “Best 3D visual experience”, while the category for “Best 2D visual experience” sees two Swedish nominees. Once again it’s Simogo’s Device 6, but this time they are also accompanied by Ludosity’s Ittle Dew.
The category for best student games again has both a Danish and Swedish participant. First up is Defunct from Freshly Squeezed. A great looking fast paced exploration-racing game, that’s already picked up a handful of awards from the latest Swedish Game Awards. And joining them is tripped-out black and white puzzler See You on the Other Side from Danish Tunnel Vision Games, who picked up an award for “Most Innovative Game” at Casual Connect in Amsterdam earlier this year.
Especially for the Danes, the level of interest in, what was just supposed to be an internal project, has been quite overwhelming. “When we started our university project last year, we would never have imagined, that our little game would get so much attention. We are very happy about that,” says Tunnel Vison’s Gustav Dahl.
Although not games in themselves, it’s also worth mentioning that Both Toca Lab from Sweden’s Toca Boca, and Seasonal Skin from Denmark’s Carl Emil Carlsen and Andreas Busk are nominated in “Best Non-game Project”-category, and Sweden’s Joachim Holmér picked up a nomination for “Best Technical Achievement” for his Shader Forge-plugin
The Unity Awards takes place in Seattle on the 21st of August.