Horizon Forbidden West was the big winner at the Dutch Game Awards. Guerrilla Games received no fewer than four prizes during the award ceremony in Hilversum.

Forbidden West won the awards for Best Game, Best Audio, Best Technology and Best Art. No other game went home with so many awards. “We are proud that this console hit and masterpiece was developed in the heart of Amsterdam,” the jury said. “This game puts the Netherlands on the map of the global game industry and far beyond in the wider media.”

The award for Best Innovation went to Stacklands from Sokpop Collective, Best Game Design went to We Were Here Forever from Total Mayhem Games and the award for Best Debut Game went to Cat Cafe Manager from Roost Games.

Finally, in the class of HackShield Future Cyber Heroes, Hackshield took the prize for Best Applied Game and All Hands on Deck by Studio Mantasaur, consisting of students from the HKU, won the prize for Best Student Game.

Special Awards were also handed out for studios, individuals and initiatives that have remained somewhat more in the background, but that do exert an important influence on the Dutch game industry. Code Glue won Best Studio, the Inclusion Award went to Emily Jacometti, Career Achievement was won by Alessandra van Otterlo and Sokpop Collective won Awesome Achievement.

The twelfth edition of the Dutch Game Awards took place on Thursday evening during the Dutch Media Week in Beeld & Geluid in Hilversum. The winners receive a place in the collection of Sound & Vision and are thus preserved forever as cultural heritage.