Develop 08: Rockstar rocks award ceremony

Rockstar endowed with four gongs by UK industry magazine; Nintendo wins "publishing hero," Traveller's Tales best use of a license.

David Braben may have warned that the UK is the most expensive place in the world to make games, but this year's Develop awards showed that the country has no shortage of talent. Grand Theft Auto IV developer Rockstar North led the pack with awards for visuals, audio, and in-house development, and parent company Rockstar Games took the overall grand-prix prize. Other notable winners included best use of a license for Traveller's Tales with Lego Indiana Jones, and Nintendo won the publishing-hero award.

But it wasn't just the big players that went home with the gongs last night. Braben and his company Frontier Developments won best new IP for LostWinds, their WiiWare launch game. Best independent developer went to Splash Damage for Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. And Richard Jacques Studios, which provided music for Mass Effect and the upcoming Battlestations: Pacific, won for best creative outsourcing.

The Develop awards are now in their sixth year and are presented at the Develop conference in Brighton. The awards are coordinated by the British magazine of the same name, and are voted for by an independent panel of industry experts.

The full list of winners is included below.

Best New IP
LostWinds (Frontier Developments)

Best Use of a License
Lego Indiana Jones (Traveller's Tales)

Visual Arts
Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)

Audio Accomplishment
Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)

Publishing Hero
Nintendo

Tools Provider
Epic Games

Technical Innovation
NaturalMotion / Image Metrics (Grand Theft Auto IV)

Creative Outsourcing
Richard Jacques Studios

Services
Babel Media

Recruitment Company
OPM

Games:Edu New Talent Award
University of Abertay & Dare to Be Digital

Business Development
Realtime Worlds

Best Mobile Studio
Ideaworks3D

Best In-House Developer
Rockstar North

Best New UK/European Studio
Doublesix

Best Independent Developer
Splash Damage

Grand Prix
Rockstar Games

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43 comments
dogymik7
dogymik7

GTAIV has amazing visuals and ragdoll effects xD i mean i dink it deserves like a 9.5 i could have done better in a few sections

Grantsplace2004
Grantsplace2004

GTA 4 was overrated, still worthy of a 9 something though. Whats really got me is why Nintendo is publishing hero? Whats the criteria for that?

ps3thabest
ps3thabest

@TheRoshow i agree, but gta san andreas deserved a 10/10 gta4 was way overrated.

TheRoshow
TheRoshow

Rockstar Games should be ashamed of them selfs. 10/10? I don't think so!!! After playing (Saints Row) I see GTA4 could have been much better but that did a piss pore Job on produceing a Great game? After all of the hype, after all that talk, after all that wait this is what Rock Star give us? GTA4 is nothing more then GTA Liberty Ciry Stories. With better graphics and a few more extras.. If that's the case why can't we just get GTA SA with better Graphics and a few more extras? Then maybe that would be worth a 10/10, but everybody is so so so in love with GTA for so so so mini years that up and coming GTA style games like Saint Row can't get a chance when they are clearly much better. Rock Star Games don't even read the Fan mail of ideas for the next game maybe that's why GTA4 sucked giant monkey balls!! Long as it took to make this game that could have did so much more but just because they won't to have something to bate us gamers in for the next game, that did a half a** job on this one and paid for good rateing like a fake 10/10. Saint Row is the new GTA everybody that buys Saints Row 2 will forget all about GTA. Hell buy Saints Row 1 cause it's better then GTA4..

Pete5506
Pete5506

GTA IV was fun, but not a 10

SkillGamer
SkillGamer

GTA4 diservs every single reward because i though gta4 would get like a 9.6 or would bomb!!!!!!!!!!! but got a 10 and i think its worth it. other people who hate ti becuz it violent or its better or got better score then the games they like those people are jelous gta4 is awsome cant wait for 5 good job rockstargames

Jazz_Fan
Jazz_Fan

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Jazz_Fan

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Ardiendo_1
Ardiendo_1

Lol Grand Prix means 'Big/Great Prize' so 'Grand Prix Prize' makes no sense.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

GTA4 deserves every single bit of awesome attention it gets. Its still, argueably, one of the greatest games ever made. The only title around currently that draws level with it is MGS4, that damn simple.

TrapInNewYork
TrapInNewYork

I CAN"T WAIT UNTILL THIS COMES OUT!! Parachuting is going to be great. Driving the tank and running from the Army to. Yeah I can't wait to do all that.

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TrapInNewYork

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Hesam_Titan
Hesam_Titan

Hi guys I always love bio ware and i always play any game for this company I very like mass effect and i use patch. thank you for all people in bio ware company thank you hesam

CrazyRabbi
CrazyRabbi

Nobody on my friends list even plays this anymore.

Jaz0
Jaz0

wow..i dont think its THAT good...its getting WAY to much attention it doesnt deserve...

bluepharoh
bluepharoh

I don't get it, obviously people who say GTA IV is the best game ever or even GOTY haven't played the previous GTA games. Beyond the story and graphics GTA IV is empty. Not to mention it has the worst driving physics out of any game I have ever played. The only award I give GTA IV is the biggest disappointment of the year. Seriously, I played through it once and have never had the urge to pick it up again. What is the point of mentioning awards for a year that is only half over, with the titles coming this fall GTA IV will be a forgotten memory.

BoaMo121
BoaMo121

Well done Rockstar but Konami dserves more than a little respect for MGS4.

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

Gta IV is one of the best games out there.

Stabby
Stabby

For all those who keep asking why no Konami is either it came out after voting finished/nominations counted or they liked someone else... hard to believe right...? Erg... awards are going to suck if all MGS4 fans give every award giver the third degree. By no means do I have anything against MGS4, great game and it should win many many awards but I'm not going to go on a rampage if GTA IV wins some... otherwise its going to make PS3 owners look bad.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Well, TT has a lock on best licensing... it's either between their brilliant LEGO adaptations or some crappy movie game.

Luis_Branco
Luis_Branco

For me GTA IV is the best game of all time and it deserves the prizes...

ftjx
ftjx

nintendo publishing hero!? I dont see anything heroic in their publishing

Sicario001
Sicario001

No konami? No MGS4? GTA4 sucks compared to MGS4, its soooo overated, SA was way better.

aygol
aygol

GTA IV is the best game of all time.

Gokuja
Gokuja

stakex007 "While GTA4 was a good game, the simple fact that it was a step back for the series should keep it and Rockstar from winning many, if any awards for it. In my opinion, games should actually do something new to win awards, and since graphics SHOULD get better over time, better graphics don't count as "new" or "Improvement". " So while new idea's and new gameplay mechanics are ok, but new technology and new techniques for creating better graphics doesn't count as new or improved?? yes yes i know gameplay > graphics, but still. What you are saying doesn't really make sense. graphics should get better over time, but gameplay should to.... As for whether or not GTA deserves the awards, its debatable I guess. But the game does look good.

aygol
aygol

ROCKSTAR is the best! Congratulations! ROCKSTAR FTW!

cfamgcn
cfamgcn

Nintendo still gets awards, huh? Publishing hero... hmm...

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Well congratz to all who won awards especially Rockstar. I wouldn't be surprised if GTA IV takes 2008 game of the year as the only other game i see giving it true competion is Metal Gear 4 and probably Gears 2 (have 2 c how this one turns out). Since Rockstar has done so well in the tech department of the game, i'd like to see a truly groundbreaking and way bigger GTA for the next go around!

mrklorox
mrklorox

While GTA4 was great, and technically proficient, it is still incredibly overrated and will not keep a fraction of its 10 rating once it is up for a re-release review in a few years.

doomsoth
doomsoth

GTA IV was so overrated.

stakex007
stakex007

While GTA4 was a good game, the simple fact that it was a step back for the series should keep it and Rockstar from winning many, if any awards for it. In my opinion, games should actually do something new to win awards, and since graphics SHOULD get better over time, better graphics don't count as "new" or "Improvement".

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

is this list for games only developed in the UK?? one thing about GTA4 imo is that: in it's hunt for realism, they took out a lot of it's fun-factor. by that i mean the rampages and planes. it's still a steller game though

STRIFE9288
STRIFE9288

good for rockstar, cause GTA 4 really was the best GTA followed by GTA 3 in my opinion.

kos1085
kos1085

Good job TT. Can't wait to play the downloadable content in the Fall.

Jman251
Jman251

I'm surprised that Metal Gear nor Konami didn't win anything. Then again I'm really not sure what critiea was neccessary to qualify for those awards.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Good job TT. I knew you were the best at movie licenses.

blackie8
blackie8

true tht nintendo fanboys rejoice

lightwarrior179
lightwarrior179

The awards season hasn't even started and GTA IV has already started to earn awards for it's developers. I think that both Rockstar and Rockstar North truly deserve the appreciation they got there.