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The nominations for this year’s BAFTA Game Awards have been announced, with the British-made Alien Isolation leading the field with six nominations including Best Game, Game Design and Audio Achievement. Creative Assembly’s take on the classic horror film franchise earned plenty of plaudits last year and sold over one million copies worldwide.

Both Far Cry 4 and Monument Valley received five nominations apiece, with the latter and Isolation squaring off against Destiny, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mario Kart 8 and Middle Earth: Shadow Of Mordor (which cleaned up at the DICE awards last week) for the top prize. The ceremony will be held on Thursday 12th March at the Tobacco Dock in London, with Rufus Hound replacing long time host Dara O Brian – the event will also be streamed live on Twitch.

A full list of nominations can be found here for those who are curious

In Other News

Six former developers from Rare have formed a new studio to create a ‘spiritual successor’ to the classic N64 title Banjo Kazooie. Playtonic Games have dubbed their game ‘Project Ukulele’ and intend to release the final product on Steam and unnamed consoles – they have also released a single piece of concept art to get nostalgia senses firing in your brain. In recent tweets the studio has also suggested that it will be bringing fromer composers who worked for Rare including David Wise (Donkey Kong Country) and Grant Kirkhope (Banjo, Goldeneye, Viva Pinata) onto the project, which would be superb.

Those blue eyes sure remind me of Conker...a true Banjo sequel will have to wait as Microsoft own the license
Those blue eyes sure remind me of Conker…a true Banjo sequel will have to wait as Microsoft own the license

“We’ve got the bloke who programmed Donkey Kong Country, the character designer behind Banjo and Kazooie, and the artist who made your console fit to burst with lavish environments across a decade’s worth of adventure games. Together, our all-star ensemble is aiming to build its debut game, ‘Project Ukulele’, into a worthy spiritual successor to those fondly remembered platforming adventures we built in the past…So what’s next? Well first of all you need to know that our journey is at an early stage – we’ve barely left the Shire and Sean Bean’s still an alright guy” – Press release from Playtonic’s website

Publisher Bethesda have announced that it will hold its first ever conference at E3 on the 14th June 2015.

Although there has been nothing said so far on what games may be revealed, one would hope that even a brief snippet of information on Fallout 4 would be present, along with potential showings of a follow-up to 2012’s Dishonored, the free-to-play multiplayer PC title Battlecry and id Software’s reboot of Doom. 

The top three was unchanged this week on the UK Game Sales Charts, with Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare notching an impressive eighth cumulative week at the top of the food chain. One would expect that Evolve will crash the charts this time next week, along with Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D following the release of the New 3DS in the UK on Friday.

In related sales news, it was revealed this week that combined sales of Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric & Shattered Crystal were less than half a million worldwide, making it the lowest-selling major Sonic launch in the history of the franchise.

Top Ten For Week Ending 7th February 2015 (from GFK/Chart-Track)

1 – Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Sledgehammer Games)

2 – Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North)

3 – FIFA 15 (EA Canada)

4 – Assassin’s Creed: Unity (Ubisoft Montreal)

5 – Minecraft: Xbox Edition (4J Studios)

6 – Minecraft: Playstation Edition (4J Studios)

7 – Destiny (Bungie)

8 – Call Of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward)

9 – Far Cry 4 (Ubisoft Montreal)

10 – The Crew (Ivory Tower)

And Finally…

Two men who earned professional racing seats as a result of their skills on Gran Turismo have emerged victorious at the 12 Hour Endurance race at Bathurst in Australia. Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss, who won the GT Academy in 2012 and 2013 respectively, were part of a three man team that guided the RJN Motorsport Nissan GTR-35 to victory in a race peppered with safety car incidents – including a typically Aussie incident where a wandering kangaroo collided with a car on track.

The initial winner of the GT Academy programme in 2011, Jadd Mardenborough (who you may have seen recently as a pundit on ITV’s coverage of the Formula E racing championship), is expected to get a seat in Nissan’s attempt to win the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race.


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