25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Celebrates Best Games of 2021 

It Takes Two Takes Home Game of the Year  

The votes have been counted, and It Takes Two, a cooperative platforming journey where players control a couple going through a divorce that takes a fantastical turn, was named the Game of the Year at the 25th D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Awards. Hosted by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), members of the interactive entertainment industry gathered this evening at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas to celebrate the best achievements of 2021, crowning winners in 23 different categories. 

Philip Eriksson

The D.I.C.E. Awards are held annually by the AIAS, the game industry’s 30,000-member non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts.

“We are thrilled to celebrate a special 25th edition of the D.I.C.E. Awards by honoring our past legacy as well as bringing together interactive entertainment industry members to celebrate creators who continue to amaze us all with their talent, passion, and perseverance,” says Meggan Scavio, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences president. “On behalf of the Academy, congratulations to all of the incredible 2021 nominees and winners chosen by their peers.”  

The night honored multiple industry leaders, including Ed Boon (NetherRealm Studios), who was the 2022 Hall of Fame inductee, and Phil Spencer (Microsoft Gaming), who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Ed Boon
Phil Spencer

The 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony included industry professionals who attended the event live for the first time since the start of the pandemic, and game fans worldwide who tuned in via livestream from media partner IGN. The Awards were emceed by six-time co-hosts Greg Miller, co-founder of the internet video show and podcast Kinda Funny, and Jessica Chobot, co-host of Expedition X on the Discovery Channel.  

The complete list of winners is below:

Game of the Year 
It Takes Two 

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction 

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design 
It Takes Two 

Outstanding Achievement in Animation 
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction 
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 

Outstanding Achievement in Character 
Resident Evil Village - Lady Dimitrescu 

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition 

Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design 

Outstanding Achievement in Story 
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 

Outstanding Technical Achievement 
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 

Action Game of the Year 
Halo Infinite 

Adventure Game of the Year 
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 

Family Game of the Year 
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 

Fighting Game of the Year 

Racing Game of the Year 
Forza Horizon 5 

Role-Playing Game of the Year 
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker 

Sports Game of the Year 
Mario Golf: Super Rush 

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year 
Age of Empires IV 

Online Game of the Year 
Halo Infinite 

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement 
Lone Echo II 

Immersive Reality Game of the Year 
Lone Echo II 

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game 

Mobile Game of the Year 
Pokémon UNITE