Independent Games Festival announces nominees for 2018 awards

(YouTube/Hempuli)"Baba is You" is one of the favorites in this year's edition of the IGF Awards.

It is the time of the year when the best of the best in the indie gaming community are honored for their excellence.

The Independent Games Festival (IGF) announced last week its nominees for the 2018 edition of its annual awards. Now in its 20th year, the IGF will once again hail the best indie video games for their excellence in various categories. After evaluating close to 600 different titles this year, the IGF has come down to the final 35 nominees spread across seven categories, PCGamer reported.

The categories include Excellence in Visual Art, Excellence in Design, Excellence in Narrative, Best Student Game Award, Audience Award, the Nuovo Award, and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. The Nuovo Award serves as the IGF's "art prize" category, which is "given to the game title that makes the jurors think differently about games as a medium," the IGF website explained.

The Seumas McNally Grand Prize, on the other hand, is open to all titles that were entered in the nominations. The winner will be chosen for its "overall innovation, quality, impressiveness, and enjoyability," IGF noted.

One of the most notable titles is "Baba is You" from Hempuli, which was nominated in four categories, namely, Excellence in Design, Nuovo Award, Best Student Game, and Seumas McNally Grand Prize, Gamespot reported. Moreover, "Night in the Woods" by Infinite Fall was also nominated in different categories including Excellence in Visual Arts, Excellence in Narrative, and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

Joining the two titles in the battle for the grand prize are "West of Loathing" by Asymmetric Publications, "Into the Breach" by Subset Games, and "Heat Signature" by Suspicious Developments.

The winners will be announced right before the Game Developers Choice Awards, which covers all areas in the video game development industry. The IGF Awards takes place during the Game Developers Conference happening on March 19 to 23, 2018, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, California.