Naughty Dog won the only video game award for its work on Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End at last night’s 44th Annie Awards. The Annie Awards honor outstanding animation in film, television, and more recently, video games.
Naughty Dog was up against some stiff competition in the category of Outstanding Character Animation. Other nominees included Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2, Ludia Inc.’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Legends, and CD Projekt Red’s Witcher 3: Wild Hunt expansions Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine.
While there were many worthy nominees for the award, it comes as no surprise that Naughty Dog ended up winning the category. Uncharted 4 is considered one of the prettiest games ever made for a home console and the facial animations in the game are also considered some of the best ever seen.
Jeremy Yates, Eric Baldwin, Almudena Soria Character, Paul Davies, and Tom Bland were the staff members from Naughty Dog who were honored for their work on the game. They were on hand to collect the award on stage last night.
Uncharted 4‘s game director Neil Druckmann even tweeted out last night to congratulate the animation team on their win.
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) February 5, 2017
The Annie Awards have only been honoring video game animation since 2015. Previous winners include Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Unity and Evolve from 2K Games for Outstanding Character Animation. Valiant Hearts: The Great War from Ubisoft won the award for Best Animated Video Game in 2015, but that category was done away with the following year.
This award is just another in the long list that Uncharted 4 has received over the past year. It’s likely to not be their last award, either. Uncharted 4 is nominated in ten different categories at the D.I.C.E. Awards that take place later this month.