Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2008

This year's nominees announced, with Rockstar and Ninja Theory leading the pack.

The finalists for the Develop Industry Excellence Awards 2008 have today been revealed with Rockstar and Ninja Theory leading the way with an impressive five nominations apiece.

Now in its sixth year, this years Develop Industry Excellence Awards ceremony is being held at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton on Wednesday July 30th, where leading lights from the games industrys development community will gather for a lavish celebration of their creative genius.

This years Awards ceremony is expected to play host to over 500 of Europes leading games designers and is the only event in the calendar to exclusively doff its cap to the development community.

With record-breaking sales and huge critical acclaim for Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar North boasts four nominations: Visual Arts, Audio Accomplishment, Technical Innovation, Best In-house Developer, with its newest studio, Rockstar London, hoping to scoop the award for Best New UK/European Studio.

Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword) are also a strong contender to walk away with the plaudits, nominated as they are in five categories: Best New IP, Visual Arts, Audio accomplishment, Technical Innovation, and Best Independent Developer.

Frontier Development (Lost Winds) and Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise) are also looking to make a splash with three nominations each.

"This year's finalists showcase the massive amount of games development talent found in Europe," said Michael French, Editor of Develop.

"Be it digitally-distributed games, MMOs, first-person shooters or action-adventures, there's no area of the industry that hasnt been bolstered by Europes diverse sector of games development companies in the past year. We wish all of the nominees the best of luck and look forward to seeing them on what's set to be a great night."

The Develop Industry Excellence Awards are voted for by a panel of 100 industry experts.

In addition to the 16 awards voted by a panel of industry experts, two additional awards will be presented on the night one to a Development Legend, and an overall Grand Prix, both decided by the magazine editorial team.

DEVELOP AWARDS: The finalists in full


Best New IP

Lost Winds (Frontier Developments)

Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory)

Crysis (Crytek)

World in Conflict (Massive)

Viking: Battle for Asgard (Creative Assembly)

Overlord (Triumph)

Best Use of a Licence

Ferrari Challenge (Eutechnyx)

The Darkness (Starbreeze)

Sega Superstar Tennis (Sumo Digital)

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Splash Damage)

Lego Indiana Jones (Travellers Tales)

Metal Gear Solid Mobile (Ideaworks3D)

Visual Arts

Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)

Crytek (Crysis)

London Studio (SingStar PS3 UI)

Frontier Developments (Lost Winds)

Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise)

Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword)

Audio Accomplishment

London Studio (SingStar PS3)

Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)

Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword)

Sumo Digital (Sega Superstars Tennis)

Codemasters Studios (Race Driver GRID)

Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise)

Publishing Hero






1C & 505 Games


Tools Provider


Epic Games

Sony & SN Systems




Technical Innovation

Rockstar North/NaturalMotion/Image Metrics (Grand Theft Auto IV)

Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword)

Ideaworks3D (Airplay)

SCEE R&D Team (PhyreEngine)

Geomerics (Enlighten)

Creative Outsourcing

Axis Animation

Side UK

Richard Jacques Studios

Outsource Media UK

The Audio Guys

Nimrod Productions


Testronic Labs

Partnertrans UK

Babel Media



Recruitment Company


Day One Search

Aardvark Swift



Games:Edu New Talent Award

Abertay University & Dare to be Digital




University of Derby

Hull University


Best New UK/European Studio


Konami Paris

Oxygen Studios

Rockstar London


Best Mobile Studio

Progressive Media


Digital Chocolate Finland/Sumea

Distinctive Developments

Business Development

Zo Mode


Realtime Worlds

Team 17


Best Independent Developer





Splash Damage

Ninja Theory

Best In-house Developer

Rockstar North

Codemasters Studios

Criterion Games

Sports Interactive

London Studio

Bizarre Creations


Development Legend

Grand Prix

Winners for these awards to be announced on the night

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