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Update: the article’s original headline said that Death Stranding had 10 awards; it has 9. Kakuchopurei regrets the error.

The Game Awards 2019 is happening soon in the next few weeks, so it’s apparent that the nominations are primed and ready. 

Turns out that it’s chock-filled with Death Stranding. No, really: the Hideo Kojima-directed game has nine nominations, with the Remedy shooter Control netting eight.

Here’s the full nomination list:

Game of the Year

  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate(Bandai-Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Resident Evil 2(Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)
  • The Outer Worlds(Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Game Direction

  • Control(Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding (Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2 (Capcom/Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)
  • Outer Wilds(Mobius Digital/Annapurna)

Best Narrative

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence(Asobo/Focus Home)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Disco Elysium(ZA/UM)
  • The Outer Worlds(Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Art Direction

  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gris (Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts(Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening(Grezzo/Nintendo)

Best Score/Music

  • Cadence of Hyrule (Brace Yourself Games/Nintendo)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Devil May Cry 5(Capcom)
  • Kingdom Hearts III(Square Enix)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts(Simogo/Annapurna)

Best Audio Design

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Control (Remedy/505)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Gears 5(The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Resident Evil 2(Capcom)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)

Best Performance

  • Ashly Burch as Parvati Holcomb, The Outer Worlds
  • Courtney Hope as Jesse Faden, Control
  • Laura Bailey as Kait Diaz, Gears 5
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Cliff, Death Stranding
  • Matthew Porretta as Dr. Casper Darling, Control
  • Norman Reedus as Sam Porter Bridges, Death Stranding

Best Action Game

  • Apex Legends(Respawn/EA)
  • Astral Chain(Platinum Games/Nintendo)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare(Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Devil May Cry 5(Capcom/Capcom)
  • Gears 5(The Coalition/Xbox Game Studios)
  • Metro Exodus(4A Games/Deep Silver)

Best Action/Adventure Game

  • Borderlands 3(Gearbox/2K)
  • Control (Remedy/505 Games)
  • Death Stranding(Kojima Productions/SIE)
  • Resident Evil 2(Capcom)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening(Grezzo/Nintendo)
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice(From Software/Activision)

Best RPG

  • Disco Elysium(ZA/UM)
  • Final Fantasy XIV(Square Enix)
  • Kingdom Hearts III(Square Enix)
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne(Capcom)
  • The Outer Worlds(Obsidian/Private Division)

Best Fighting Game

  • Dead or Alive 6(Team Ninja/Koei Tecmo)
  • Jump Force(Spike Chunsoft/Bandai Namco)
  • Mortal Kombat 11(NetherRealm/WBIE)
  • Samurai Showdown(SNK/Athlon)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate(Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)

Best Family Game

  • Luigi’s Mansion 3(Next Level Games/Nintendo)
  • Ring Fit Adventure(Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Mario Maker 2(Nintendo EPD/Nintendo)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate(Bandai Namco/Sora/Nintendo)
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World (Good-Feel/Nintendo)

Best Strategy Game

  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall(Triumph Studios/Paradox)
  • Anno 1800(Blue Byte/Ubisoft)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses(Intelligent Systems/Koei Tecmo/Nintendo)
  • Total War: Three Kingdoms(Creative Assembly/Sega)
  • Tropico 6(Limbic Entertainment/Kalypso Media)
  • Wargroove (Chucklefish)

Best Sports/Racing Game

  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled(Beenox/Activision)
  • DiRT Rally 2.0(Codemasters)
  • eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020(PES Productions/Konami)
  • F1 2019(Codemasters)
  • FIFA 20(EA Sports)

Best Multiplayer Game

  • Apex Legends(Respawn/EA)
  • Borderlands 3(Gearbox/2K)
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare(Infinity Ward/Activision)
  • Tetris 99(Arika/Nintendo)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2(Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft)

Fresh Indie Game Studio

  • ZA/UM for Disco Elysium
  • Nomada Studio for Gris
  • DeadToast Entertainment for My Friend Pedro
  • Mobius Digital for Outer Wilds
  • Mega Crit for Slay the Spire
  • House House for Untitled Goose Game

Games for Impact

  • Concrete Genie (Pixelopus/SIE)
  • Gris(Nomada Studio/Devolver)
  • Kind Words(Popcannibal)
  • Life is Strange 2(Dontnod/Square Enix)
  • Sea of Solitude(Jo-Mei Games/EA)

Best Ongoing Game

  • Apex Legends (Respawn)
  • Destiny 2 (Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV (Square Enix)
  • Fortnite (Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best Independent Game

  • Baba Is You(Hempuli)
  • Disco Elysium(ZA/UM)
  • Katana ZERO(Askiisoft/Devolver)
  • Outer Wilds(Mobius Digital/Annapurna)
  • Untitled Goose Game(House House/Panic)

Best  Mobile Game

  • Call of Duty: Mobile(TiMi Studios/Activision)
  • GRINDSTONE(Capybara Games)
  • Sayonara Wild Hearts(Simogo/Annapurna)
  • Sky: Children of Light(Thatgamecompany)
  • What the Golf?(Tribland)

Best Community Support

  • Apex Legends (Respawn/EA)
  • Destiny 2(Bungie)
  • Final Fantasy XIV(Square Enix)
  • Fortnite(Epic Games)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege(Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft)

Best VR/AR Game

  • Asgard’s Wrath(Sanzaru Games/Oculus Studios)
  • Blood & Truth(SIE London Studio/SIE)
  • Beat Saber(Beat Games)
  • No Man’s Sky(Hello Games)
  • Trover Saves the Universe(Squanch Games)

Some takeaways:

  • Why the hell isn’t Code Vein nominated for Best Score/Music? On that note, why is DMC5 on this category?
  • If I were to make a drinking game revolving around Death Stranding’s nomination and wins, I’d be dead from alcohol poisoning in the first 10 minutes of the show.
  • Good to see Outer Wilds getting the nominations it needs, though it should at least get a GOTY nomination.
  • Arslan Ash should at least get a nomination in the esports player category. His victory and story must be noticed in something as big as the Game Awards.

Anyway, you can start voting now.

Mr Toffee is a writer, editor, & all-around video game words guy for 9 years, give or take. He also did some story for games like Chain Chronicle and some podcasting on the side. Likes: bacon, Metallica, jogging. Hates: raccoons, oblivion. Twitter: @MrToffee
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