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Could this be the start of a run for PlayStation 5 exclusive Returnal? Despite it only being the end of October, the Develop:Star awards were hosted in Brighton last night, with Housemarque’s roguelike taking home a total of two gongs: Best Visual Art and that all-important Game of the Year. It was a big night for Sony, with Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales also grabbing Best Audio.

Obviously the timing of these awards mean that nominees spanned both 2020 and 2021 releases, but the winners are decided by a “closed industry vote”, so this is still a huge achievement for the Finnish firm. Sumo Digital, the team behind Sackboy: A Big Adventure among numerous others, won the award for Best Studio.

We’ve listed all of the victors below:

Best Visual Art
Best Narrative
Best Game Design
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Best Audio
Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Best Innovation
Lost Words: Beyond the Page
Best QA & Localisation Provider
Keywords Studios
Recruitment Star
Amiqus Recruitment
Best Creative Provider
Best Original IP (Sponsored by Hiro Capital)
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Diversity Star (Sponsored by PTW)
Anisa Sanusi
Tomorrow's Star (Sponsored by Amiqus)
Reema Ishaque
Best Technology Provider
Unreal Engine
Publishing Star
No More Robots
Best Mobile Game
Little Orpheus
Game of the Year
Best Micro Studio (Sponsored by Talenthouse)
Polygon Treehouse
Best Studio (Sponsored by Epic Games)
Sumo Digital
The Develop Star Award
Debbie Bestwick - Team17

Do you think Returnal will win many more Game of the Year awards? Where does it rank among your personal favourites right now? Suspend the cycle in the comments section below.