British Academy Games Awards in 2014 – Assassin's Creed IV
The official programme handed out to attendees of the Games Awards and BAFTA’s Inside Games event, both held at the Tobacco Dock in London on 12 March. Six variant covers were produced, each one representing a game nominated in the Best Game category. This cover showcases Assassin's Creed IV.
WELCOME A warm welcome to the British Academy Games Awards. The past year in games has been one of the most memorable yet, from record-breaking releases to the launch of the next gen consoles. We’ve witnessed the growing confidence of an industry whose global success has dominated the headlines and, with advances in mobile technology, so much of our spare time, too. With its Games Awards, BAFTA recognises the individuals and teams behind the most groundbreaking, technologically-advanced and genuinely inspirational work ever to make it to screen. Congratulations to all of the nominees and to Rockstar Games, the deserving recipient of this year’s Fellowship. Today is an important day for us, for reasons not entirely related to the Awards. Inside Games, our new public event, took place here at the Tobacco Dock earlier in the day, and it’s a first for BAFTA – bringing new games from the world’s biggest studios to the hands of gamers, alongside a series of developer talks and an independent games showcase. With tickets also available to buy for the ceremony, we’ve never brought the public so close to the industry and this, we hope, will spark a greater understanding and appreciation of your work. BAFTA isn’t just about awards. Today we re-launch our Young Game Designers competition, with online resources and workshops around the country enabling 11 to 16-year-olds to learn from the professionals while producing their own work. Also, Give Something Back is our industry campaign supporting young people, regardless of background, which asks for a small amount of your time, a work placement at your company or a donation. Your contribution will support BAFTA’s year-round learning programme and, by extension, safeguard the industry’s future; visit bafta.org for more information. Thank you to the BAFTA team, particularly Kelly Smith and Clare Brown, and our wonderful host, Dara O Briain. My thanks, as always, to the BAFTA juries and the Games Committee, whose vision is expertly focused by its Chairman, Harvey Elliott. I wish you all a wonderful evening. 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Interactive Entertainment TOMB R A IDER Development Team Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix THE N OM INATI O NS 5 ART I S T I C A C H IE V E M E N T BEYOND: T WO SOULS John Rostron, David Cage, Guillaume De Fondaumiere Quantic Dreams/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe BIOSHOCK INFINITE Scott Sinclair, Shawn Robertson, Stephen Alexander Irrational Games/2K Games DEVICE 6 Development Team Simogo/Simogo THE L AST OF US Development Team Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment NI NO KUNI: WR ATH OF THE WHITE WITCH Yoshiyuki Momose Level 5/Namco Bandai Games TE A R AWAY Development Team Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe 6 BRITISH ACA DE MY GA M ES AWA RDS IN 2O14 A U D I O A C H I EV E M E N T BAT TLEFIELD 4 Development Team DICE/Electronic Arts BIOSHOCK INFINITE Patrick Balthrop, Scott Haraldsen, James Bonney Irrational Games/2K Games DEVICE 6 Development Team Simogo/Simogo GR A ND THEF T AUTO V Development Team Rockstar North/Rockstar Games THE L AST OF US Development Team Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment TOMB R A IDER Development Team Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix THE N OM INATI O NS 7 BECOME A BAFTA MEMBER The British Academy of Film and Television Arts supports, develops and promotes excellence in the art forms of the moving image. We’re looking to grow our committed and inﬂuential membership by inviting games industry professionals, in the UK and internationally, to apply to join. BAFTA members represent the best in their profession, ensuring our Awards remain the gold standard. In order to apply to become a member you must have worked in the games industry for a minimum of ﬁve years, and have a proven track record within it. If your membership is approved you will be joining an esteemed group of individuals, and an Academy that represents excellence. For more information and to apply, please contact email@example.com or visit bit.ly/joinBAFTA. 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B E S T G A M E ASSASSIN'S CREED 4: BL ACK FL AG Development Team Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft GR A ND THEF T AUTO V Development Team Rockstar North/Rockstar Games THE L AST OF US Development Team Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment PA PERS, PLE ASE Lucas Pope Lucas Pope/3909 LLC SUPER M A RIO 3D WORLD Development Team Nintendo/Nintendo TE A R AWAY Development Team Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe THE N OM INATI O NS 9 Proud airline partner B R I T I SH G A M E CATEGORY SPONSORED BY DMC DEVIL M AY CRY Development Team Ninja Theory/Capcom GR A ND THEF T AUTO V Development Team Rockstar North/Rockstar Games GUNPOINT Tom Francis, John Roberts, Ryan Ike Suspicious Developments/ Suspicious Developments LEGO M A RVEL SUPER HEROES Jon Burton, Arthur Parsons, Phillip Ring TT Games/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment THE ROOM T WO Development Team Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games TE A R AWAY Development Team Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe THE N OM INATI O NS 11 D E B U T G A M E BA DL A ND Johannes Vuorinen, Juhana Myllys Frogmind/Frogmind CASTLES IN THE SKY Jack de Quidt, Dan Pearce The Tall Trees/The Tall Trees GONE HOME Development Team The Fullbright Company/ The Fullbright Company GUNPOINT Tom Francis, John Roberts, Ryan Ike Suspicious Developments/ Suspicious Developments REMEMBER ME Jean-Maxime Moris, Hervé Bonin, Oskar Guilbert Dontnod Entertainment/Capcom THE STA NLEY PA R A BLE Development Team Galactic Cafe/Galactic Cafe 12 BRITISH ACA DE MY GA M ES AWA RDS IN 2O14 F A M I L Y A NIM A L CROSSING: NEW LE A F Development Team Nintendo/Nintendo BROTHERS: A TA LE OF T WO SONS Development Team Starbreeze Studios/505 Games R AYM A N LEGENDS Michel Ancel, Christophe Heral, Jean-Christophe Alessandri Ubisoft Montpellier/Ubisoft SKYL A NDERS SWA P FORCE Development Team Vicarious Visions/Activision SUPER M A RIO 3D WORLD Development Team Nintendo/Nintendo TE A R AWAY Development Team Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe THE N OM INATI O NS 13 G A M E D E S I G N ASSASSIN'S CREED 4: BL ACK FL AG Development Team Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft GR A ND THEF T AUTO V Development Team Rockstar North/Rockstar Games THE L AST OF US Development Team Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment PA PERS, PLE ASE Lucas Pope Lucas Pope/3909 LLC TE A R AWAY Development Team Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe TOMB R A IDER Development Team Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix THE N OM INATI O NS 15 G A M E I N N O V A TIO N BROTHERS: A TA LE OF T WO SONS Development Team Starbreeze Studios/505 Games GR A ND THEF T AUTO V Development Team Rockstar North/Rockstar Games PA PERS, PLE ASE Lucas Pope Lucas Pope/3909 LLC THE STA NLEY PA R A BLE Development Team Galactic Cafe/Galactic Cafe TE A R AWAY Development Team Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe YE A R WA LK Development Team Simogo/Simogo 16 BRITISH ACA DE MY GA M ES AWA RDS IN 2O14 M O B I L E & H A N D H E LD BA DL A ND Johannes Vuorinen, Juhana Myllys Frogmind/Frogmind DEVICE 6 Development Team Simogo/Simogo PL A NTS VS. ZOMBIES 2 Development Team PopCap Games/Electronic Arts RIDICULOUS FISHING Development Team Vlambeer/Vlambeer THE ROOM T WO Development Team Fireproof Games/Fireproof Games TE A R AWAY Development Team Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe THE N OM INATI O NS 17 HYBRID CLOUD Get the best-ďŹ t architecture for optimum performance. Public Cloud Dedicated Hosting Private Cloud Learn more today O800 968 0100 firstname.lastname@example.org www.rackspace.co.uk POWERED BY BA F T Pr Aâ€™ ou sh d o s to ti n b e g pr ov id er Sargent-Disc congratulates the nominees of the British Academy Games Awards in 2014. Sargent-Disc is committed to service excellence. Find out more at www.sargent-disc.com Payroll & Residuals Corporate Payroll Auto Enrolment SD Online Production Card Production Services Production Accounting Vista Accounting Movie Magic Scheduling Movie Magic Budgeting Training Academic Partnerships M U L T I P L A YER BAT TLEFIELD 4 Development Team DICE/Electronic Arts DOTA 2 Development Team Valve/Valve GR A ND THEF T AUTO V Development Team Rockstar North/Rockstar Games THE L AST OF US Development Team Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment SUPER M A RIO 3D WORLD Development Team Nintendo/Nintendo WORLD OF TA NKS Development Team Wargaming.net LLP/ Wargaming.net LLP THE N OM INATI O NS 19 T H E A C A D E M Y ROCKSTAR GAMES T Mature storytelling, media controversy, evocative music and exceptional gaming. All are part and parcel of the award-winning games created by this year’s Fellowship recipient, Rockstar Games. ogether with their extended development and publishing teams, Sam and Dan Houser, along with Leslie Benzies and Aaron Garbut, have helped define the path of the entire medium into the cultural mainstream with more than a decade’s worth of innovative digital entertainment. When Rockstar Games was founded in December 1998 by the Houser brothers, it had that most vital of elements for success already in the bag: a bona fide hit under its belt. Released in 1997 by the now defunct BMG Interactive and developed by DMA Design (now Rockstar North, headed up by Benzies and art director Garbut), Grand Theft Auto seemed destined to cause a stir, whether for its controversial content (which had the right-wing media up in arms) or for its provocative and mature approach to gaming. Despite a protracted development process (during which it was almost pulled numerous times), the game was a big hit on its release, hitting the number one spot in the UK charts. The rest, of course, is history, with GTA spawning one of the biggest and most successful games franchises of all time. The GTA series has sold-in more than 180 million copies worldwide; with in excess of 32 million of those coming from its most recent iteration, the Best Game-nominated Grand Theft Auto V. But to put Rockstar Games’ success down to one series does the company, now a high-end publishing division of Take-Two Interactive, a disservice. With an impressive roster of bestsellers and award-winners on its books, including the Max Payne series, LA Noire, The Warriors, Bully (aka Canis Canem Edit ), the Midnight Club series and the Red Dead series, Rockstar continues to push the boundaries of gaming, and in particular storytelling. While each game brings its own charms – riding through the stunning vistas of Red Dead Redemption to the stirring music of Bill Elm and Woody Jackson is surely a highlight of anyone’s gaming experiences – and numerous technical innovations (most notably GTAIII, which brought the top-down mission-based sandbox game into glorious and fluid 3D), it was Rockstar’s overall approach that proved to be the game-changer. No longer was the medium the purview of children, hidden away in their darkened bedrooms, jumping on the back of turtles (as fun as that Grand Theft Auto V can be); thanks in large part to Rockstar, adult gamers now had a legitimate reason to boot up their consoles and PCs. Rockstar president Sam Houser has repeatedly affirmed that the company’s mantra was to create games that would rival film for mature storytelling, by pushing the boundaries of the art form with provocative, intelligent interactive experiences aimed at a grown-up audience. By doing so, Rockstar has inevitably drawn controversy with both the media and governmental bodies. 20 BRITISH ACA DE MY GA M ES AWA RDS IN 2O14 F E L L O W S H IP Above, lÐr: Sam Houser, Dan Houser, Leslie Benzies, Aaron Garbut. Below: Red Dead Redemption The company has more than weathered the storm, with the recent success of GTAV simply rubber-stamping its ambitions for the medium. “Gamers are growing up,” Houser told The Sunday Times Culture Magazine in 2013, “though we are still 10–20 years from all people in governance or authority understanding that it’s the same as any other art form and should not be singled out. We’re evolving. These kinds of things don’t happen overnight.” That this evolution in storytelling is matched by immersive gameplay, inspired technical innovations and great commercial success underlines why Rockstar deserves to be presented with this year’s Fellowship. “It is hugely exciting to be able to recognise the amazing contribution made by Rockstar to the industry over the past 16 years,” says Harvey Elliott, chair of the BAFTA Games Committee. “The creativity and passion exhibited by the Rockstar teams over these years have inspired a generation of game developers to raise the bar in every aspect of development, from design and mechanics, through to storytelling, cinematics and audio immersion. And, in the process, creating games that compete so profoundly on a global stage not just in games, but across all entertainment media.” The story doesn’t end here either. The Rockstar juggernaut will continue to drive the games industry forward. As Houser told trade publication MCV in 2008: “We are only scratching at the surface of games’ potential as a creative medium.” Six years on and with new technology continuing to push the art form ever forwards, it’s hard to disagree this isn’t still the case. “The creativity and passion exhibited by Rockstar over these years have inspired a generation of game developers to raise the bar.” THE ACA DE MY FELLOWSHIP 21 M U S IC ASSASSIN'S CREED 4: BL ACK FL AG Brian Tyler, Also Sampaio Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft BEYOND: T WO SOULS Lorne Balfe Quantic Dreams/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe BIOSHOCK INFINITE James Bonney, Garry Schyman Irrational Games/2K Games THE L AST OF US Gustavo Santaolalla Naughty Dog/Sony Computer Entertainment SUPER M A RIO 3D WORLD Koji Kondo, Mahito Yokota Nintendo/Nintendo TE A R AWAY Kenneth CM Young, Brian D’Oliveira Media Molecule/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe 22 BRITISH ACA DE MY GA M ES AWA RDS IN 2O14 P E R F O R M ER ASHLEY JOHNSON Ellie The Last Of Us COURTNEE DR A PER Elizabeth BioShock Infinite ELLEN PAGE Jodie Beyond: Two Souls KEVA N BRIGHTING The Narrator The Stanley Parable STEVEN OGG Trevor Phillips Grand Theft Auto V TROY BA KER Joel The Last Of Us THE N OM INATI O NS 23 from www.gamer-network.net S P O R T F1 2O13 Development Team Codemasters/Codemasters FIFA 14 Development Team EA Canada/Electronic Arts FOOTBA LL M A NAGER 2O14 Development Team Sports Interactive/SEGA FOR Z A MOTORSPORT 5 Development Team Turn 10/Microsoft Studios GRID 2 Development Team Codemasters/Codemasters NBA 2K14 Development Team Visual Concepts/2K Games THE N OM INATI O NS 25 New Zealand’s Most Awarded Winery O F F I C I A L W I N E S U P P L I E R T O B A F TA Villa Maria wines are widely available in the UK from Booths, Majestic, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, www.nzhouseofwine.co.uk and many independent retailers. 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Abertay University has built the pipeline for training the next generation of game developers. From teaching Grand Theft Auto creator Dave Jones in the 1980s to launching the worldâ€™s first Computer Games Technology degree in the 1990s, weâ€™ve kept working with the games industry to deliver graduates ready to have an impact from day one. Tonight we congratulate every BAFTA nominee for your incredible achievements. Abertay University is a charity registered in Scotland, No: SC016040. www.abertay.ac.uk 01382 308080 email@example.com facebook.com/abertayuni twitter.com/abertayuni youtube.com/abertaytv An accredited Skillset Media Academy and the designated Scottish Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Development B A F TA O N E S T O W A T CH A W A R D IN ASSOCIATION WITH DARE TO BE DIGITAL This award was created to encourage and reward innovation from emerging games designers. Fifteen teams showcased their prototypes at Dare To Be Digital’s Dare ProtoPlay event held in Dundee last year, a games development competition for university students. Three games were then selected by a panel of industry experts to compete for the BAFTA Ones To Watch award, based on their innovation and creativity, market potential and best use of technology. The teams were then given a number of weeks to address the judges’ comments and produce a final version of their game. THE BAFTA ONES TO WATCH JURY Imre Jele (chair ), Colin Anderson, Keith Andrew, Byron Atkinson-Jones, Cat Burton, Barn Cleave, Jemma Harris and Daniel Wood THE NOMINATIONS PROJECT HEER A: DIA MOND HEIST Chinchkar Tanmay Subhash, Shastry Neeraj Pramod, Dhongde Shashank Sunil, Dave Dhruv Prakashchandra, Shriram Srinivasan Team: Mazhlele Project Heera: Diamond Heist is a player-versus-player stealth action game. SIZE DOES M AT TER Mattis Delerud, Silje Dahl, Lars Andersen, Trond Fasteraune, Nick La Rooy Team: Team DOS Size DOES Matter is a ‘twitch’ arcade rhythm game set to fast-paced music. THE UNKNOWN Chenying Wan, Qiwei Feng, Luyue Zhang, Zhaoxuan Li, Neil Cullen Team: iKnow The Unknown is a rotating puzzle platformer designed for Android and iOS devices. IN ASSOCIATION WITH BA F TA O NES TO WATCH AWA RD 33 freuds is proud to be entering its freuds is proud to be entering its fifth year as the retained agency fifth year as the retained agency for the British Academy Games Awards. for the British Academy Games Awards. For further information contact For further information contact Kate Lee, Director, +44(0)20 3003 6349, firstname.lastname@example.org Kate Lee, Director, +44(0)20 3003 6349, email@example.com N O W I T 'S Y O U R T U R N ! T Inspiring, discovering and encouraging new and emerging talent is at the heart of what we do at BAFTA. But we can’t do it alone… onight’s event is about celebrating the year’s best games and industry practitioners, but BAFTA does much more than reward the best of the best. In a year round programme of events and initiatives, BAFTA seeks to discover and inspire new talent, while also championing creative excellence in emerging stars. Identifying, engaging and supporting the next generation of potential BAFTA winners is essential to enriching the diversity, vibrancy and creativity of the industry. But it’s not something we can do on our BAFTA's 2013 Breakthrough Brits from the games industry, lÐr: own. Two of our key new and emerging talent Rex Crowle, Sophia George, Dan Pearce, Mitu Khandaker, Oliver Clarke initiatives for 2014, BAFTA’s Young Game Designers (the competition launched today) and Breakthrough was attainable. We are grateful to all of the Brits (applications open 2 April), need the support of the industry. industry partners who make the initiative While Young Game Designers (YGD) is first and foremost possible, so if your company isn’t already a competition for 11 to 16-year-olds to create a game of their engaged with this fantastic initiative, we urge own – and a very popular one, too, with more than 1,000 young you to get on board. people engaged – it offers much more than that. From offering From the new to the aspiring. In 2013, we exclusive behind-the-scenes video content to hosting workshops launched Breakthrough Brits with the express around the country, YGD has evolved into the premier initiative aim of championing creative individuals in the UK for inspiring a new generation of game-making who may not be household names yet but talent to consider a career in a field they may not have dreamt have already shown incredible promise. This initiative offers them an opportunity to reach their full potential, with year-round mentorship, career guidance and vital contact introductions. For this initiative to succeed, we need the support of the industry – so if you have spotted any bright new talents, please do act as their referee and encourage them to put themselves forward. By supporting BAFTA, you’re supporting the industry. For more details on supporting YGD or entering Breakthrough Brits, visit: www.bafta.org BAFTA President HRH The Duke Of Cambridge attends the YGD launch NE W TA LENT INITIATIVES 35 A C K N O W L E D G OFFICIA L PA RTNERS Nominees Party Natural Motion Champagne Reception Pinewood Studios Group Category Sponsor – British Game Ukie INSIDE GA MES Electronic Arts Frontier Jagex Games Studios Microsoft Namco Bandai Games SEGA Sony Computer Entertainment Square Enix Valve WITH THA NKS TO... Audi UK Badoit British Airways Champagne Taittinger Corinthia Hotel London Deloitte Fortnum & Mason Evian Grolsch M·A·C Cosmetics Hotel Chocolat Republic Of Photography Villa Maria Wines 36 BRITISH ACA DE MY GA M ES AWA RDS IN 2O14 E M E N T S Host Dara O Briain Script Jeffrey Leach Producer Trey Farley Director Morag McIntosh Vision Mixer Eleanor Ward Voiceover Trey Farley BAFTA Content Host Julia Hardy Production Design Alison Humphries Video Graphics DMI Lighting Director Mark Ninnim Floor Manager Mark Harrison Sound PA Plus4Audio Projection CTF Ltd Post Production Partner The Farm Group Prompting Facilities Portaprompt BAFTA Additional Content Crew Procam Outside Broadcast Facilities CTV Outside Broadcasts Live Streaming Facility Twitch Brochure and Ticket Printing Emtone Print Photographers Jonathan Birch, Stephen Butler PR freuds ACKN OWLEDGE M ENTS 37 WITH THANKS TO... GA MES COM MIT TEE Harvey Elliott chair Georg Backer Paulina Bozek David Gardner Paul Jackson Imre Jele Ray Maguire Mark Maslowicz Johnny Minkley Andy Payne David Ranyard Fiona Sperry FOR BA F TA Head of Television and Games Kelly Smith Head of Production Clare Brown Awards Event Producer Helen Kierney Production Coordinator Sophie Klein Production Manager Cassandra Hybel Awards Administrator Rob Jones Awards Team Emma Baehr Siobhan Pridgeon The Academy chooses Regency, supporting excellence in print. Brochure printed on Regency Satin 270g/m² (cover) and 150g/m² (text) supplied by PaperlinX. The carbon impact of this paper has been measured and balanced through the World Land Trust, an ecological charity. www.paperlinx.com For highlights and additional interviews from the Awards, visit bafta.org Awards and Production Intern Nicola Wedgwood Awards Intern Rose Gibbons Digital Communications Manager Pippa Irvine Digital Marketing and Content Manager Genevieve Smith Head of Partnerships Louise Robertson Senior Partner Manager Natalie Moss Partner Manager Amy Elton Partnerships Campaigns Executive Phil Eacott Brochure Editor Toby Weidmann Graphic Designer Adam Tuck Additional Content Producer Ryan Doherty Production Assistant Georgina Cunningham Editing Daniel Dalton British Academy of Film and Television Arts 195 Piccadilly London W1J 9LN All nominations correct at time of going to press T 020 7734 0022 F 020 7292 5869 www.bafta.org Chairman John Willis Chief Executive Amanda Berry OBE Chief Operating Officer Kevin Price 38 BRITISH ACA DE MY GA M ES AWA RDS IN 2O14 “2”, “PlayStation”, “PS3” and “ ” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The Last of Us™ ©2013 Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Created and developed by Naughty Dog, Inc. “The Last of Us” is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. All rights reserved. I N S IDE G A M E S E V E N T P L A Y E R R E A D Y BAFTA’s first ever pre-Awards event, Inside Games, presents hands-on play with the best and hottest new titles the industry has to offer. Game on! nside Games is a unique event in BAFTA’s history: it’s the first time we’ve ever laid on a public event before one of our Awards ceremonies. And what an event! Offering hands-on experience with some of the most exciting games of 2014 from the world’s biggest studios, many of them before their official release date, Inside Games is an unforgettable experience. to Microsoft’s Xbox One showcase for Kinect Sports Rivals, Project Spark, Forza Motorsport 5 and Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Meanwhile, Frontier presents Elite: Dangerous on the Oculus Rift. And SEGA brings along the latest iterations of its amazing Football Manager, Company Of Heroes, Total War and Sonic The Hedgehog franchises. Here there be dragons too: Jagex has brought its tremendously popular MMORPG RuneScape, pitting players against each other in a new mini-game. Meanwhile, watch the sweat roll down gamers’ faces as they attempt to tackle the notoriously challenging but always rewarding Dark Souls II, from Namco Bandai Games. Steam hosts its very first Secret Shop in the UK, offering a wide range of exclusive goodies for the Dota, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress and Portal fans out there. The Inside Games Arcade presents an opportunity to play some of the most engaging independent games on the market in a specially curated exhibition by Georg Backer and Imre Jele, members of BAFTA’s Games Committee. With the games varying in scope, platform, style and budget, this showcase really reveals the breadth of creativity the art form has to offer. Finally, our live developer talks feature some of the best in the business. Leading lights from across the industry offer advice on how to enter the profession in a series of live discussions held throughout the day. BAFTA’s Inside Games really is a celebration of gaming excellence: we hope you are inspired to do more than just play games by considering a career in creating them. Enjoy more games content on BAFTA Guru: www.bafta.org/guru I Titanfall But enough of the hyperbole – here’s what’s on show at Inside Games. First off, a wealth of stunning games are available to play, from Titanfall, Electronic Arts’ thrilling multiplayer first person shooter, to Square Enix’s compelling supernatural thriller, Murdered: Soul Suspect. There’s plenty of other next generation action available too, from Sony Computer Entertainment’s open world adventure for the PlayStation 4, inFAMOUS: Second Son (the third in the popular series), 40 BRITISH ACA DE MY GA M ES AWA RDS IN 2O14 “MOST ANTICIPATED OF 2014” - YAHOO GAMES AVAILABLE 14.03.2014 ©2014 Respawn Entertainment, LLC. Respawn, Respawn Entertainment and Titanfall are trademarks of Respawn Entertainment, LLC. EA and the EA logo are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.