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Gamer fans have been waiting a long time for the relaunch of LucasArts’ Battlefront franchise and, judging by the reception of Star Wars: Battlefront at this year’s Gamescom, the wait was worth it.
The game, first announced in May 2013, was the big winner of this year’s Gamescom, Europe’s No. 1 video game conference, taking five awards including the best of Gamescom honor.
The Electronic Arts title also won best PlayStation console game, best PC game and best online multiplayer game as well as the coveted most wanted consumer award. The latter public-choice honor is considered particularly significant at Gamescom, given the huge number of gamers who come to the event — more than 300,000 over the five-day fair.
Star Wars: Battlefront will be released Nov. 17 for PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One.
Other multiple Gamescom winners were Microsoft’s racing simulator Forza Motorsport 6, which won best racing game and best simulation; Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker (Best Wii console game and best social/casual/online game); and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, from Konami Digital Entertainment, which won in the best action game and best XBox console game categories.
Konami also picked up the best sports game title for Pro Evolution Soccer 2016. Nintendo won best mobile game for Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes. EA’s well-received Unravel, a puzzle-based platform title from Swedish developers Coldwood Interactive, took the prize for best strategy title at Gamescom. Warner Bros.’ Lego Dimensions won best family game. Cuphead, a run-and-gun platform title designed by Canadian brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer in the style of 1930s cartoons, won Gamescom’s best indie game honor.
But perhaps the biggest surprise of the Gamescom awards came in the best hardware category, where HTC’s virtual reality head-mounted display, the HTC Viva, beat out the competing and heavily-hyped Oculus Rift headset from Facebook-owned Oculus VR.
The 2015 Gamescom runs until Sunday, Aug. 9, in Cologne.
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