The Last of Us Cleans Up at DICE Awards, Sequel Coming?

Everyone expected Naughty Dog to take home a few awards at last night’s 2014 DICE Awards, but I don’t think anyone foresaw The Last of Us going on a Ben-Hur-like run.

For decades, Ben-Hur held the record for most Academy Awards for a single film with 11 (it’s since been tied by Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King). The Last of Us didn’t quite get to 11, but it came damn close, winning an impressive 10 DICE awards on 13 nominations, including Game of the Year.

Such success, particularly in this industry, almost instantly means one word: sequel! So will Naughty Dog take Ellie and Joel on another survival horror adventure through the American wasteland? That’s the question Eurogamer asked writer and creative director Neil Druckmann. His response: no decision has been made, but we do have a few sequel ideas.

“We have started brainstorming some stuff. To be honest, some of them are sequel ideas, and some of them are brand new IP – we’ve spent the last few weeks brainstorming new IP. So we have to get some good steps and see… It’s kind of like how we approached (the forthcoming story DLC) Left Behind. Can we tell people a story that’s really worth telling, and that’s not repeating itself? And if we can’t, where can we get inspired – what is something that’s really going to challenge us, and push storytelling in this medium forward?”

It’s also worth noting that Sony has already trademarked The Last of Us 2 and 3.

I loved The Last of Us and it easily won my personal 2013 GOTY award (highly coveted, that), but I actually don’t want Naughty Dog to make a sequel. They’re some of the best creative minds in the biz, and I’d much rather see them invest their time in a new world with fresh characters.

While it may have seemed like Naughty Dog won every award last night, there were actually a few other games honored. Here’s the full list of 2014 DICE Award winners:

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

The Last of Us 

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

The Last of Us 

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc.

Outstanding Character Performance

The Last of Us (Ellie) 

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Bioshock Infinite

  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Irrational Games

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

The Last of Us

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in Story

The Last of Us

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc.

Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Publisher: Rockstar Games
  • Developer: Rockstar North

Outstanding Achievement in Visual Engineering

The Last of Us

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc.

Action Game of the Year

Bioshock Infinite

  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Irrational Games

Adventure Game of the Year

The Last of Us

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc.

Fighting Game of the Year

Injustice: Gods Among Us

  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Role Playing/Massively Multiplayer Game of the Year

Diablo III

  • Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment
  • Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

XCOM: Enemy Within

  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Developer: Firaxis Games

Casual Game of the Year

Plants VS Zombies 2

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Developer: Popcap, Electronic Arts Inc.

Family Game of the Year

Super Mario 3D World

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD Tokyo Software Development Group No.2

Racing Game of the Year

Forza Motorsport 5

  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Developer: Turn 10 Studios

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA 14

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Developer: EA Canada

Downloadable Game of the Year

Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons

  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Developer: Starbreeze Studios

Handheld Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Developer: Nintendo EAD Software Development Group No.3

Mobile Game of the Year

Plants VS Zombies 2

  • Publisher: Electronic Arts Inc.
  • Developer: Popcap, Electronic Arts Inc.

Online Game of the Year

World of Tanks

  • Publisher: Wargaming Public Company Ltd. 105
  • Developer: Wargaming.net

Outstanding Innovation in Gaming

The Last of Us

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc. 

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

The Last of Us

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc.

Game of the Year

The Last of Us

  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America
  • Developer: Naughty Dog Inc.

 

 

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3 Comments on The Last of Us Cleans Up at DICE Awards, Sequel Coming?

Tanami

On February 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm

How serious can you take this list when Diablo III is listed best RPG/MMO? It’s not even an MMO. Those two categories needs to be separate.
Also GTA V only getting gameplay mechanics?. I don’t think anybody on the jury for this list has a clue as to how advanced Rockstar’s RAGE engine is.

Dan Miller

On February 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

These awards have a weird Western bias. Nintendo is barely on the map, more PC games have won the overall award than Nintendo games by a big number, which is certainly a bit odd. The Metal Gear series has been snubbed repeatedly and Kojima isn’t in DICE’s hall of fame. Assassin’s Creed and Final Fantasy are barely recognized as well. Blizzard, Bioware, and Bethesda have traded the best RPG award for the past decade since they combined “Console” and “Computer” into one award.

Michael

On February 7, 2014 at 5:58 pm

This list is such a disgrace, especially Diablo 3 being on this list. There were tons of other games that deserved most of these awards. All these games were horrible. They were glitchy, they erased saved progress, online didn’t work, gameplay sucked, not enough customization, AI lagged, there was no challenge and they were not innovative at all. These game were chosen one reason and one reason only. So they can make more. Like in diablos case free marketing for there upcoming expansion.

If you don’t give any awards to these games they will not make sequels. Then we are left with the apologists giving these games the green flag. Even if there was a recall of any of the games listed because you were unable to advance in a certain area in the game and it was broken these games will still win. We don’t need more sequels of these unoriginal games. I just don’t see how Tomb Raider, The puppeteer, Dead Space 3 and Ni no kuni didnt take a prize in this. This is so shameful.