The Danish computer game developer Playdead has broken new ground by having its game 'Limbo' nominated in two prize categories at the prestigious US Independent Games Festival, reports national daily newspaper Politiken.
The annual competition, now in its 12th consecutive year, gives awards to the best and most innovative games in the world. The nominations and winners are adjudicated by a panel of 150 of the main developers, researchers and journalists in the international games industry.
'Limbo', which has been under development since 2005, has been nominated in both the "Excellence in Visual Arts" and "Technical Excellence" categories. First prize in both categories is USD 2,500 and the winners will be announced in March at the global Game Developer Conference in San Francisco.
Playdead director Dino Patti sees the nomination in the Technical Excellence category as a particular honour. He told Politiken: "For a long time we have had someone working full time to make The Boy [the main character in the game – Ed] as lifelike as possible. He is amazingly technically advanced, and the movement feels very real and physical."
A number of Danish investors have put cash into 'Limbo' including the Vækstfonden, CAT Science and Nordic Game. According to Dino Patti the game is very close to being finished, and he expects the launch to take place in mid 2010.