Wednesday,15th July, Hilton Metropole,Brighton

Finalists

137 companies and 47 games in the running for this year’s awards, winners to be announced on July 15th in Brighton. The finalists for the 2015 Develop Industry Excellence Awards have been selected, with close to 140 companies competing for glory at this year’s event.

2015 has been one of the strongest years for submissions, with more than 250 companies nominated, but sadly not everyone can make the shortlist.

There are 137 companies among this year’s finalists, encompassing tools providers, technology and services firms, outsourcers, and specialists in audio, VFX, QA and recruitment – not to mention 71 games studios.

The finalists hail from all over the UK and Europe, with representatives of countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy and more in the mix.

The Develop Awards have been revamped this year, split into three categories: Creativity, Tech & Services and Studio. Due to the flood of nominations this year, new and updated categories make up for a total of 20 awards.

New prizes this year include: Technology Provider, for firms that offer hardware and technological support to developers; two

New Games IP awards, one for PC/console and one for mobile; and two Creative Outsourcer awards, one for audio and the other for both visual contributions and outsourced development work.

CREATIVITY

New Games IP – PC/console

* Block N Load – Jagex Games Studio

* Cities: Skylines – Colossal Order

* Dying Light – Techland

* Grow Home – Reflections, a Ubisoft Studio

* I Am Bread – Bossa Studios

* Life is Strange – Dontnod Entertainment

* The Escapists – Mouldy Toof Studios

* TerraTech – Payload Studios

New Games IP – Mobile

* Plunder Pirates – Midoki

* Boom Beach – Supercell

* Best Fiends – Seriously

* Heavenstrike Rivals – Mediatonic/Square Enix

* Playworld Superheroes – Starship

* World of Warriors – Candy Labs/Mind Candy

* Size Does Matter – DOS Studios

* King of Thieves – ZeptoLab UK

Use of a Licence or IP

* Alien: Isolation – Creative Assembly

* Angry Birds Transformers – Exient

* Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Climax Studios

* Disney Infinity 2.0: Guardians of the Galaxy playset– Studio Gobo

* Forza Horizon 2 – Playground Games

* Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions – Lucid Games

* LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – TT Games

* Talisman: Digital Edition – Nomad Games

Visual Arts

* Alien: Isolation – Creative Assembly

* Beseige – Spiderling Games

* Driveclub – Evolution Studios

* Elite: Dangerous – Frontier Developments

* Grow Home – Reflections, a Ubisoft Studio

* Grand Theft Auto V (PC) – Rockstar North

* Lumino City – State of Play Games

* Shards of War – Bigpoint

Audio Accomplishment

* Alien: Isolation – Creative Assembly

* Angry Birds Epic – Chimera Entertainment

* Elite: Dangerous – Frontier Developments

* Forza Horizon 2 – Playground Games

* The Sailor’s Dream – Simogo

* Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey – Red Thread Games

* Driveclub – Evolution Studios

* Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft Montpellier

Use of Narrative

* 80 Days – Inkle Studios

* Heavenstrike Rivals – Mediatonic/Square Enix

* Life Is Strange – Dontnod Entertainment

* LittleBigPlanet 3 – Sumo Digital

* Schrödinger’s Cat and the Raiders of the Lost Quark – Italic Pig

* Soul Axiom – Wales Interactive

* Sunless Sea – Failbetter Games

* Valiant Hearts: The Great War – Ubisoft Montpellier

 

TECH & SERVICES

Technology Provider

* ARM

* Dimensional Imaging

* Imagination Technologies

* Intel

* Multiplay

* Nvidia

* Oculus VR

* SoftLayer Technologies

Design & Creativity Tool

* Enlighten 3 with Forge – Geomerics

* Granite – Graphine Software

* Havok Cloth – Havok

* SpeedTree for Games – SpeedTree

* Substance Designer 5 – Allegorithmic

* Umbra 3 –Umbra Software

* Wwise – Audiokinetic

* Yebis 3 – Silicon Studio

Production Tool

* Deadline – Thinkbox Software

* Fabric – Tazman Audio

* GameBench – GameBench

* GameSparks – GameSparks

* Marmalade – Marmalade Technologies

* Perforce – Perforce Software

* Simplygon – Donya Labs

* Shotgun 6 – Shotgun Software/Autodesk

Engine

* ChilliSource – ChilliWorks

* Construct 2 – Scirra

* CryEngine – Crytek

* GameGuru – The Game Creators

* GameMaker – YoYo Games

* PlayCanvas – PlayCanvas

* Unity 5 – Unity Technologies

* Unreal Engine 4 – Epic Games

Services

* Audiomotion

* Carbon Digital

* Cubic Motion

* DeltaDNA

* Pinewood Studios Group

* Player Research

* Soundcuts

* Sperasoft

QA & Localisation

* LocalizeDirect

* Keywords Studios

* OneSky

* Pole To Win

* Testology

* Testronic

* Universally Speaking

* VMC

Creative Outsourcer – Visual & Development

* Axis – Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thrones trailer

* BlitWorks – Don’t Stave (PS Vita)

* D3T – Super Stardust Ultra (PS4)

* Just Add Water – Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty

* Realtime UK – Smite trailer

* Speech Graphics – Shadow of Mordor

Creative Outsourcer – Audio

* 93 Steps – Wargaming trailers

* Christopher Randle – LA Cops

* OMUK – Tropico 5

* SIDE – Alien: Isolation

* Sounding Sweet – Forza Horizon 2

* Stafford Bawler – Monument Valley: Forgotten Shores

Recruiter

* Aardvark Swift

* Amiqus

* Avatar Games

* Creative Personnel

* Datascope

* Guru Careers

* OPM

* SpecialMove

STUDIOS

Publishing Hero

* 505 Games

* Chillingo

* Curve Digital

* Deep Silver

* Greenshoots

* Team17

* SCEE Strategic Content

* Square Enix

Micro Studio – Presented by Unity

* Christian West

* Guerilla Tea

* Lamplight Studios

* Mode7

* Modern Dream

* Mouldy Toof Studios

* Roll7

* Team Lumo

Independent Studio

* 8-bit Studio

* Amplitude Studios

* Eight Pixels Square

* Goodgame Studios

* InnoGames

* Lucid Games

* Rebellion

* Space Ape Games

In-House Studio

* Candy Labs

* Creative Assembly

* Evolution Studios

* Reflections, a Ubisoft studio

* Rockstar North

* Sega Hardlight

* Sports Interactive

* Ubisoft BlueByte

New Studio

* Deco Digital

* Freejam

* Payload Studios

* Seriously

* Starship

* Team Junkfish