Canada | 2021
Cloudhead Games is the veteran VR studio behind Pistol Whip, VR "Game of the Year" winner at DICE 2020, and the fantasy adventure trilogy The Gallery, winner of over 30 awards and nominations including "VR Game of the Year'' in 2018. Before Pistol Whip, Cloudhead collaborated with industry-legend Valve to create Aperture Hand Lab, a humorous tech demo set in the Portal universe, for the next-gen Valve Index. Always innovating, Cloudhead Games is also known for its early solutions in VR locomotion/comfort with "Snap Turns" and "Teleportation,” as well as VR motion capture and hand interactions. Cloudhead has been developing in VR since late 2012 when a successful Kickstarter campaign gave them the mandate to create the first-ever-announced built-for-VR game (previously known as The Gallery: Six Elements). Cloudhead grew into a diverse team of pioneers drawing from a breadth of backgrounds, from AAA game studios like Bioware, Riot, and Relic; to tabletop RPG creators like Worldworks Games. The first episode of The Gallery, "Call of the Starseed," launched for the HTC Vive in April 2016 to critical acclaim. As pioneers in virtual reality, Cloudhead has partnered with industry leaders to produce built-for-VR experiences and demonstrate the latest bleeding-edge hardware. With a cumulation of knowledge and learnings spanning nearly a decade of consumer VR, Cloudhead released VR smash hit Pistol Whip in 2019 and has since continued to support the game with live-service features and new content, continually re-imagining the experience by pushing the boundaries of its genre-defining action-rhythm FPS. Most recently, Pistol Whip has garnered even more awards and accolades for its content update “2089” and latest expansion “Smoke & Thunder”.
Naughty Dog LLC
Sony PlayStation Game - Best Performance
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PC Game - Best Visual Art