It’s that time once again. Over at Media Molecule, we’ve spent the last couple of months digging through a mountain of nominations for our annual Impy Awards, during which we celebrate the best, brightest, weirdest, cleverest and most exciting creations made in Dreams over the past year. You know how Scrooge McDuck dives into a big pile of treasure? It’s been a bit like that, only with video games (and short films, and sculptures, and music, and and and...)
It was tremendously difficult. It’s been almost a whole year since Dreams launched, and so there are more brilliant creations than ever for us – and our special guest judges, many of whom you’ll recognise from around the game industry – to choose from. We’ll be celebrating the coMmunity as a whole – and our 1st birthday! – on 14th of February 2021, with a wondrously over-the-top awards show that we’ve built entirely within Dreams. Yes, you read that correctly.
But today, we’re finally coming up for air to bring you our selected shortlists for this year’s Impy Awards. Before we reveal all, remember that the following categories are decided by the coMmunity, and that you can vote for your winners here(opens in new tab):
- Best Curator
- Most Helpful Dreamer
- Hidden Gem Creator
- Hidden Gem Dream
- Community Star
- Most Improved Dreamer
You have until the 4th of February to cast your votes for these. Got it? Good. For now, you can head right here to check out the full list of the final nominees in all other categories!
Wow, what a haul! We’re going to have to increase the security round these parts. Quick, somebody make us a vault door. Or a big bear. Whatever’s easiest. Well done to all the creators, whether you made it to the shortlists or not. And if you’re still reading, we hope to see you at the event on Sunday the 14th of February at 17:00 GMT on Twitch(opens in new tab), where we’ll announce all the winners. Until then, you can catch us on our social channels - use the hashtag #ImpyAwards if you want to tell us how much you’re looking forward to the show. And why not visit our specially-made in-game hub? You can check out last year’s winners in the gallery, relax in the tea room, and get prepared ahead of the big night with our exclusive Impy Awards swag bag.
There are also TWO new limited-edition Impy Awards imps to collect! Simply complete the scavenger hunt in the Impys hub, and when you leave the level you’ll receive this glamorous pair - meet Fitz and Renée! Make sure to install update 2.21 (arriving on the 10th of February!), otherwise your imps won’t unlock. But don’t worry - if you complete the hunt before the 10th of February, you’ll be automatically awarded the imps once you install the update. Easy peasy.
And who knows - you might just run into a few other surprises and special quests ahead of the big night... (Okay, fine, you definitely will, unless somebody somewhere forgets to press a button).
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