March 23, 2023

The Best Game Developers of 2022 Have This In Common

Game Development
Version Control

Within the last decade or so, video games have come to be recognized as an art form deserving of critical analysis and praise. One of the most prestigious awards that a game can earn is a nomination from The Game Awards which has been held every year since 2014. Here, we will discuss what were some of the best video games of 2022, who were some of the best game developers of 2022, and how they developed such lauded and well-loved titles.

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What Were the Best Video Games of 2022

Some of the best video games of 2022 include:

  • God of War Ragnarök
  • The Quarry
  • Pentiment
  • Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

God of War Ragnarök

God of War Ragnarök from Santa Monica Studio won several awards at The Game Awards, including Best Narrative, Best Score and Music, Best Audio Design; and was nominated in several other categories, including Game of the Year. In addition, it also won several awards at the 26th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, including Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, and Adventure Game of the Year; and has received the most nominations for any game in the history of the British Academy Video Game Awards.

Inspired by Norse mythology, God of War Ragnarök once again follows the parlous adventures of former Greek God of War Kratos and his son, Atreus as they take on Norse gods and monsters.

The Quarry

The Quarry from Supermassive Games was nominated for Innovation in Accessibility at The Game Awards. In addition, it has also been nominated for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project by the Visual Effects Society Awards.

Heavily inspired by slasher and monster films, The Quarry is an interactive horror game — similar to old school choose your own adventure stories — that takes players through the last night at a summer camp beset by supernatural creatures and violent locals.


Pentiment from Obsidian Entertainment was considered one of the year’s biggest snubs for not being nominated at The Game Awards. However, it was named Screen Rant’s 2022 Game of the Year and at the time of the 2022 The Game Awards, it was one of the highest rated Xbox Game Studios exclusive titles.

Set in the early-to-middle 16th century, this narrative adventure 2D role-playing game tasks the player with investigating a series of murders in an Alpine town. One of the most notable aspects of the game is its art style which is a mix of late medieval manuscripts, early print, and woodcuts.

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

While Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands from Gearbox Software may not have been nominated at The Game Awards, it was nominated for several Golden Joystick Awards categories, including Best Multiplayer Game; as well as several National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) awards, including Lightning/Texturing.

A spin-off of the Borderlands series, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is an action role-playing first-person shooter set within the world of a fantasy-themed tabletop role-playing game run by Tiny Tina. The player takes the role of “The Newbie” as they try to survive all the challenges that Tiny Tina throws their way.

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Other Notable Best Video Games of 2022

Other notable nominated games at The Game Awards include:

  • Elden Ring won multiple awards, including Game of the Year.
  • Horizon Forbidden West was nominated for multiple awards, including Best Art Direction.
  • Stray won Best Independent and Best Debut Indie Game.
  • Moss: Book II won Best VR/AR Game.
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What Does It Take to Build the Best Video Games?

Last year, we asked hundreds of your peers in the game development industry what it takes to be successful. Find out what they had to say about collaboration, funding, and emerging technology.

Get all their insights in the 2022 Game Development and Design Report.

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Who Were the Top Game Developers of 2022?

Some of the top game developers of 2022 that were recognized at The Game Awards were:

  • Santa Monica Studio
  • From Software
  • Gearbox Software
  • Obsidian Entertainment
  • Supermassive Games
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What Do the Best Game Developers Have in Common?

All the above-mentioned games, each one was built with Perforce.

Version Control

Whether a studio is an indie, AAA, or someone in-between, every single one needs version control because games are built with many types of assets: code, binary files, and digital assets (including 2D, 3D, audio, and visual files). Managing all of those as part of a game design process can be challenging without the proper tools.

Trusted by 19/20 of the top AAA studios, Helix Core can easily handle petabytes of data and tens of thousands of users while still delivering files quickly. Teams using Helix Core are able to store all of their assets in one secure, central location, as well as integrate with some of the industry’s leading game engines, including Unity and Unreal.

In addition, Helix Core connects remote and globally distributed teams and ensures that they always have instant access to the latest version of their working files — no matter where they may be located.

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Learn How to Innovate from Some of the Industry’s Biggest Names

Hear from some of the industry’s biggest names — including Epic Games, Firelight Technologies, Riffraff Games, and Bit Fry Games Studio — about how version control made a difference in their game development.


Digital Asset Management

Built on top of Helix Core, Helix DAM is a digital asset management tool that provides a visual web-based UI that empowers teams by making it easy to find, use, store, review, repurpose, and share all creative assets.

What’s more, Helix DAM streamlines creative workflows and accelerates the review process by enabling teams to instantly see where an asset is in the creation and review process, and directly comment on an asset.


Project Management

Game development project management tools — like Hansoft — help teams ensure that their games get finished. Built by game developers for game developers, Hansoft features backlog functionality that scales alongside teams as they and their projects grow, ensuring that no project is too large to handle.

In addition, Hansoft’s advanced dashboard functionality, everyone — from artists and designers to developers and project managers — can quickly see the progress and status of each individual component of their project. What’s more, Hansoft enables teams to customize and export reports to provide a high-level overview of the project at any time.

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Top Game Developers Use Perforce — You Can Too

See for yourself why you trust Perforce in the development of your next project. Helix Core is free for teams of up to five users and can easily scale along with you as your teams and projects grow.

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