24th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Honors Video Game Industry’s Most Outstanding Achievements

The die is cast, and the winners from the the 24th D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards have been chosen and announced. Hosted by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), the D.I.C.E Awards awarded the top honor, the 2021 Game of the Year Award to Hades, a popular and critically acclaimed roguelike action dungeon crawler video game developed and published by indie star , Supergiant Games. In Hades, Zagreus, the son of Hades, the god of the dead, fights to escape the Underworld where his father rules.

With five wins, Hades led the overall award count, followed the Ghost of Tsushima with four, with GThe last of Us Part II and Half-Life: Alyx picking up two awards apiece.

More than just a by-the-book online awards show, however, the D.I.C.E. Awards offered a little glitz by being emceed by co-hosts Greg Miller, co-founder of the internet video show and podcast Kinda Funny, and Jessica Chobot, host of Expedition Unknown on the Discovery Channel. Also, to mix up the content, virtual panels of the nominees were hosted by moderated Kahlief Adams, host of Spawn on Me, and will be available later on via the AIAS site at interactive.org. In the meantime, IGN has the nearly-three-hour video of the whole presentation available through YouTube:

From the D.I.C.E blog post announcing the full list of winners in all 23 awards categories, here’s the complete rundown

Game of the Year 

Hades 

  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Developer: Supergiant Games

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction 

Hades 

  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Developer: Supergiant Games

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design 

Hades 

  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Developer: Supergiant Games

Mobile Game of the Year 

Legends of Runeterra 

  • Publisher: Riot Games
  • Developer: Riot Games

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game 

Hades 

  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Developer: Supergiant Games

Immersive Reality Game of the Year 

Half-Life: Alyx 

  • Publisher: Valve
  • Developer: Valve

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement 

Half-Life: Alyx 

  • Publisher: Valve
  • Developer: Valve

Online Game of the Year

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 

  • Publisher: Devolver Digital
  • Developer: Mediatonic

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year 

Microsoft Flight Simulator 

  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Developer: Asobo Studio

Sports Game of the Year 

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 

  • Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Developer: Vicarious Visions

Role-Playing Game of the Year 

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE 

  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Developer: Square Enix

Racing Game of the Year 

Mario Kart Live 

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo

Fighting Game of the Year 

Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate 

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
  • Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Family Game of the Year 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo

Adventure Game of the Year 

Ghost of Tsushima 

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Sucker Punch

Action Game of the Year 

Hades 

  • Publisher: Supergiant Games
  • Developer: Supergiant Games

Outstanding Technical Achievement 

Dreams 

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Media Molecule

Outstanding Achievement in Story 

The Last of Us Part II 

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Naughty Dog

Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design 

Ghost of Tsushima 

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Sucker Punch

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition 

Ghost of Tsushima 

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Sucker Punch

Outstanding Achievement in Character 

Miles Morales – Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales 

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Insomniac Games

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction 

Ghost of Tsushima 

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Sucker Punch

Outstanding Achievement in Animation 

The Last of Us Part II 

  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: Naughty Dog