Destiny has won the British Academy Games Award for Best Game in 2015. Hardly surprising seeing as it was our Game of the Year 2014, but it's good to see Bungie's masterpiece getting the attention it deserves. It's also good to see the promise of a BAFTA didn't turn out to be a few Ascendant Shards when it was actually presented. This BAFTA is Bungie's fourth, having previously mopped up with its Halo series.
At the glitzy award ceremony held in London's Tobacco Dock, Far Cry 4 won the category for Best Music, while Alien: Isolation was also awarded an aural honour as it picked up the BAFTA for Audio Achievement. Monument Valley was named best British Game in 2015 and Valiant Hearts picked up the prize for best Original Property.
David Braben (pictured below, left) was awarded a fellowship for his "outstanding and exceptional creative contribution to the games industry". Having created the likes of Elite (and Elite: Dangerous), Zarch/Virus as well as being a trustee for the Raspberry Pi Foundation – Raspberry Pi being the credit card-sized computer 'designed to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level'. Typically humble, Braben said of his Fellowship: “It is an incredible honour. I have a truly great team behind me at Frontier, and without them I would not be receiving this, so the honour is effectively for all of us.”
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Game: Destiny
Artistic Achievement: Lumino City
Game Innovation: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
Audio Achievement: Alien: Isolation
Mobile and Handheld: Monument Valley
BAFTA Ones To Watch Award in association with Dare to be Digital in 2015: Chambara
Multiplayer: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Music: Far Cry 4
British Game: Monument Valley
Original Property: Valiant Hearts
Debut Game: Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Performer: Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us: Left Behind (Ellie))
Family: Minecraft: Console Editions
Persistent Game: League of Legends
Fellowship: David Braben
Game Design: Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Story: The Last of Us: Left Behind
If you've been living in a cave (and wondering why people have been firing guns into it for hours at a time) for the last year, you should check out our Destiny coverage and see what all the fuss is about. You can also find out more about each award, and the runners-up at bafta.org.