Falling Sky, a graduation game developed and directed by National Film and Television School (NFTS) Games Design and Development MA student, Jonathan Nielssen is one of six games nominated for The Games Awards inaugural Student Game Award.

Hailed by The New York Times as “The Oscars of the gaming world”, The Games Awards, which takes place in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 7th, is one of the video game industry’s biggest nights. Falling Sky is the only game developed in the UK to be nominated in the Student Game Award category, which supports emerging game development talent and will be judged on the excellence and ambition of the game by a panel of notable Games industry figures including:

Todd Howard (Executive Producer and Game Director, Bethesda Game Studios); Hideo Kojima (Director, Kojima Productions); Illka Paananen (CEO and Co-founder, Supercell); Kim Swift (Design Director, EA Motive); Vince Zampella (CEO, Respawn Entertainment).

Jonathan Nielssen said: “It’s a huge honour to have my graduation game nominated for the first ever Student Game Award; I’ve loved every minute of developing Falling Sky with the team at NFTS and this nomination is a fantastic testament to all the hard work everyone has put in.”

Alan Thorn, NFTS Head of Games said: “I’m delighted to see Falling Sky nominated for this highly prestigious award in games. It reflects the incredible talent and hard-work of both Jonathan and his team. The NFTS Games MA is committed to building a creative climate where people from all backgrounds can develop the skills and build the connections needed to become industry leaders making innovative games.”

About Falling Sky: A cinematic 3D mystery game developed at the National Film and Television School and led by Jonathan Nielssen as the director and sole game developer, the project uses Unreal Engine and motion capture technology in the attempt to create an immersive narrative-driven drama with a Twin Peaks’ influence and elements of open world adventure. Set across the sprawling landscape of American suburbia, the story opens with Daniel – a 20 something-year-old university student who come back home one day to find his younger brother Tommy abandoned by their mom. With only a series of cryptic messages to guide them through the weird place Daniel’s hometown has become, the brothers set off on an atmospheric quest to discover the truth behind their mother’s disappearance.

The Team: Developed and directed by NFTS Games Design & Development MA student, Jonathan Nielssen; produced by NFTS Producing MA student, Nikolay Savov; written by NFTS Screenwriting MA student, Mohsen Shah; music by NFTS Composing MA student, Seymour Milton; and sound by NFTS Sound Design MA student, Breen Turner. For full credits, please visit jonathannielssen.com.

The 2017 Games Awards will celebrate the best games, eSports, and members of the gaming community with a live stream available on more than 16 gaming and digital streaming platforms, including localized versions for Chinese, South Korean and Japanese audiences. In addition, fans will be able to vote on select categories using Facebook Messenger, Google Search, Twitter DM, and at TheGameAwards.com.

Press Contact:

Vicky Hewlett, Head of PR and Communications, NFTS:  VHewlett@nfts.co.uk

About the NFTS Games Design and Development MA: Games Design & Development at the NFTS is a world-class MA for future games innovators and encourages students to challenge the meaning of games and interactive experiences. The courses’ diverse students are mentored by industry-experienced tutors and work with cutting-edge technology to develop their visions and ideas into a reality. By exploring the creative bridges between innovative-mechanics, emotional engagement and thoughtful storytelling, the NFTS brings together students from many departments, including screen-writing and cinematography, into a collaborative environment where they develop industry connections. There are still some places available for the MA which has a start date of January 2018 – apply at www.nfts.co.uk/games