God of War Ragnarok has the most nominations at the 2023 DICE Awards, with a total of 12. Horizon Forbidden West has eight, followed by Elden Ring with seven. In addition to those three, Stray and Vampire Survivors are contenders for Game of the Year. Immorality, Vampire Survivors, Moss: Book II, and Tunic have all received four nominations. A grand total of 61 games have been nominated across 23 categories. The full list of nominations is below.

The DICE Awards nominees are chosen by members of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, a group made up of developers and experts from across the industry. Meggan Scavio, President of AIAS, said in the official press release, “I wanted to give a special thank you as always to our peer panelists. They continue to dedicate their time and expertise in judging and selecting the best games of 2022. And on behalf of all of us at the Academy, congratulations to all our finalists! Each of the games selected have marveled us with their unique approaches to storytelling, creativity, and technical innovation. We can’t wait to celebrate your hard work and achievements at the 26th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards!”

At last year’s DICE awards, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart led the nominations and won awards for animation and art direction, though It Takes Two took Game of the Year. The 2018 reboot God of War won Game of the Year back in 2019.

This year’s full ceremony will be streamed by IGN on February 23, from Resorts World in Las Vegas, as the final cap on the DICE Summit. It will be hosted by Stella Chung and Greg Miller.

26th Annual DICE Awards Nominees

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • Cuphead – The Delicious Last Course
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Moss: Book II

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray
  • The Callisto Protocol

Outstanding Achievement in Character

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II – Alejandro Vargas
  • God of War Ragnarok – Atreus
  • God of War Ragnarok – Kratos
  • Horizon Forbidden West – Aloy
  • Return to Monkey Island – Guybrush Threepwood

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Moss: Book II

Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Gotham Knights
  • Somerville

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • I Was a Teenage Exocolonist
  • Immorality
  • Norco

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • A Plague Tale: Requiem
  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Teardown

Action Game of the Year

  • Bayonetta 3
  • Grounded
  • Neon White
  • Sifu
  • Vampire Survivors

Adventure Game of the Year

  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Norco
  • Stray
  • Tunic

Family Game of the Year

  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Kirby’s Dream Buffet
  • Lost in Play
  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope
  • Trombone Champ

Fighting Game of the Year

  • JoJo’s Bizaarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R
  • MultiVersus
  • Rumbleverse
  • SpiderHeck
  • The King of Fighters XV

Racing Game of the Year

  • F1 22
  • Gran Turismo 7
  • Need for Speed Unbound

Role-Playing Game of the Year

  • Citizen Sleeper
  • Elden Ring
  • Weird West
  • World of Warcraft: Dragonflight
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 23
  • Mario Strikers: Battle League
  • MLB The Show 22
  • NBA 2k23
  • OlliOlli World

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Dwarf Fortress
  • Ixion
  • Marvel’s Midnight Suns
  • Potion Craft: Alchemist Simulator
  • Warhammer 40,000 Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

  • Among Us VR
  • Cosmonious High
  • Moss: Book II
  • Red Matter 2
  • The Last Clockwinder

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

  • Cosmonious High
  • Moss: Book II
  • Red Matter 2
  • Tentacular
  • The Last Clockwinder

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

  • Immorality
  • Neon White
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
  • Tunic
  • Vampire Survivors

Mobile Game of the Year

  • Diablo Immortal
  • Gibbon: Beyond the Trees
  • Immorality
  • Marvel Snap
  • Poinpy

Online Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  • FIFA 23
  • Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker
  • Marvel Snap
  • Rumbleverse

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Marvel Snap
  • Tunic
  • Vampire Survivors

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Immortality
  • Tunic

Game of the Year

  • Elden Ring
  • God of War Ragnarok
  • Horizon Forbidden West
  • Stray
  • Vampire Survivors