BAFTA Game Awards 2022: Returnal and Unpacking bag top prizes

Here’s everything you need to know about who won big at the BAFTA Games Awards 2022.

BAFTA Game Awards 2022: Returnal and Unpacking bag top prizes

Hosted by Elle Osili-Wood, the year’s in-person ceremony was also live-streamed on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook – it was then shortly followed by a post-show party exclusively on streaming giant, Twitch. 

If nominations were anything to go by, Housemarque’s sci-fi game Returnal certainly lived up to its hype, winning four BAFTAs: Audio Achievement, Best Game, Music and Performer in a Leading Role for Jane Perry. 

Accompanying Returnal’s success with two wins each is It Takes Two (winners of Multiplayer and Original Property), and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (winners of Animation and Technical Achievement). 

Taking home the coveted EE Game of the Year Award, voted for by the public, is Witchbeam’s relaxing game Unpacking – a game about taking things out of boxes and uncovering a life through the process. Unpacking co-creators Tim Dawson and Wren Brier received the award and later collected another BAFTA for Narrative. 

Kimberly Brooks is another first-time performance winner, securing a BAFTA win for Performer in a Supporting Role for her work as Hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2.

The hand-drawn adventure game, TOEM, won the Debut category. Whilst Artistic Achievement was nabbed by The Artful Escape, the game is about a guitar prodigy who sets out on a psychedelic journey to inspire his stage persona and confront the legacy of a dead folk legend. 

Here’s the full winners’ list:

ANIMATION

WINNER - RATCHET & CLANK: RIFT APART Development Team - Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment


ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT

WINNER - THE ARTFUL ESCAPE Development Team - Beethoven & Dinosaur/Annapurna Interactive


AUDIO ACHIEVEMENT

WINNER - RETURNAL Development Team – Housemarque/Sony Interactive Entertainment


BEST GAME

WINNER - RETURNAL Development Team – Housemarque/Sony Interactive Entertainment


BRITISH GAME

WINNER - FORZA HORIZON 5 Development Team - Playground Games/Xbox Game Studios


DEBUT GAME

WINNER - TOEM Development Team - Something We Made/ Something We Made


EVOLVING GAME

WINNER - NO MAN’S SKY Development Team - Hello Games/Hello Games


FAMILY

WINNER - CHICORY: A COLORFUL TALE Development Team - Greg Lobanov, A Shell in the Pit, Madeline Berger, Alexis Dean-Jones, Lena Raine/FINJI


GAME BEYOND ENTERTAINMENT

WINNER - BEFORE YOUR EYES Development Team - GoodbyeWorld Games/Skybound Games


GAME DESIGN

WINNER - INSCRYPTION Development Team - Daniel Mullins Games/Devolver Digital


MULTIPLAYER

WINNER - IT TAKES TWO Development Team - Hazelight Studios/Electronic Arts


MUSIC

WINNER - RETURNAL Bobby Krlic, Joe Thwaites, Harry Krueger – Housemarque/Sony Interactive Entertainment


NARRATIVE

WINNER - UNPACKING Wren Brier, Tim Dawson, Annie VanderMeer - Witch Beam/Humble Games


ORIGINAL PROPERTY

WINNER - IT TAKES TWO Development Team - Hazelight Studios/Electronic Arts


PERFORMER IN A LEADING ROLE

WINNER - JANE PERRY as Selene Vassos in Returnal


PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

WINNER - KIMBERLY BROOKS as Hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2 


TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

WINNER - RATCHET & CLANK: RIFT APART Development Team - Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive Entertainment


EE GAME OF THE YEAR (voted for by the public) 

WINNER - UNPACKING Witch Beam/Humble Games

Header Image Credit: BAFTA/Hannah Taylor

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