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Returnal, It Takes Two lead 2022 BAFTA Awards nominations

UPDATE 16/3/22: BAFTA has now belatedly revealed its nominations for the best performer and best supporting performer in a video game.

The rest of the BAFTA Games Awards nominations were revealed two weeks ago. There’s no word on why these last couple have taken longer.

Up for Performer in a Leading Role are Ozioma Akagha (Julianna Blake in Deathloop), Jason E Kelly (Colt Vahn in Deathloop), Jennifer Hale (Rivet in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart), Jon Mclaren (Star-Lord/Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy), Erika Mori (Alex Chen in Life is Strange: True Colors) and Jane Perry (Selene Vassos in Returnal).

Shortlisted for Performer in a Supporting Role are Laura Bailey (Polina Petrova in Call of Duty: Vanguard), Kimberly Brooks (Hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2), Jason Cavalier (Drax in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy), Maggie Robertson (Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village), Han Soto (Gabe Chen in Life is Strange: True Colors), Alex Weiner (Rocket in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy).

Each performer listed above has been recognised by BAFTA for the first time – except for Laura Bailey, who now has now had four nominations.

The rest of the 2022 BAFTA Games Award nominations lie below.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/3/22: This year’s BAFTA Games Awards nominations have been announced, and are led by eight nods each for Returnal and It Takes Two.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart earned seven nominations, while Forza Horizon 5 and Psychonauts earned six. Deathloop picked up five.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Deathloop, Forza Horizon 5 and Returnal all share nods for the prestigious Best Game category, alongside brilliant indie card puzzler Inscryption from developer Daniel Mullins.

Without a GOTY nod for Metroid Dread, Nintendo picked up nominations in the Evolving Game and Family categories for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Mario Party Superstars, respectively. Game Builder Garage, meanwhile, received a Game Beyond Entertainment award nomination.

Unpacking, another game expected to get a Best Game nomination, is up for Original Property and Narrative gongs.

Oddly, the awards for Best Performer and Best Supporting Performer were not announced today. These will be revealed in the coming weeks, BAFTA said.

Up for Best British Game are Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, Death’s Door, Fights in Tight Spaces, Forza Horizon 5, Overboard! and Sable.

Finally, as announced earlier this week, nominations for the audience-nominated EE Game of the Year prize are open. You can cast your vote for Chicory, Deathloop, The Forgotten City, It Takes Two, Metroid Dread and Unpacking.

The BAFTA Game Awards 2022 will take place next week on Thursday 7th March at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. You’ll also be able to watch online via YouTube, Twitch or Facebook.

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