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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture leads the field at the 2016 British Academy Games Awards

Date: 07/04/2016

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture an indie game that was developed with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council is the frontrunner at this year's British Academy Games Awards after securing 10 nominations.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is made by The Chinese Room, the studio responsible for the critically acclaimed, Dear Esther.

The game is a post-apocalyptic adventure set in a picturesque English village – but the village is deserted, and it seems likely that it ultimately holds the key to a terrible secret: ‘what happened to all the people?’ The game pushes innovative interactive storytelling to new heights. And like just is predecessor, Dear Esther, it has been developed from platform of academic research.

It will compete against games with much bigger budgets - including Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V - for the top prize.

The Awards take place tonight (Thursday 07 April) in London, they are available to view via live stream from 7 pm.

  • Read: Read a feature about Dear Esther and how the game was developed
  • Watch: Watch a short film about how the AHRC is bringing academics in the arts and humanities together with the video games industry
  • Listen: In this audio slideshow you can here Dan Pinchbeck speak what academia can bring to video games

Notes for editors

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class research in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and many more. Each year the AHRC spends approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training often in collaboration with partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds provide considerable economic, social and cultural benefits to the UK.

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