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Crackdown wins innovation prize
Screenshot from Crackdown
Crackdown has been a popular title this year
Xbox 360 title Crackdown has won the innovation prize at the Develop Awards, which recognise the work of game developers worldwide.

Crackdown has been one of the most celebrated titles of 2007.

It was designed by David Jones, of Real Time Worlds, who helped create Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto.

Sony won the Grand Prix award for overall excellence, while Evolution Studios' Motorstorm, for PlayStation 3, won the best new franchise prize.

Brilliant year

The winners were chosen by a jury of 100 industry experts brought together by Develop magazine.

"The fact that no one company dominated the awards this year shows what a diverse range of talent this industry boasts," said Michael French, editor of Develop Magazine.

"It's been a brilliant year for games, with new hardware allowing developers to really stretch their imagination with new ways to play - so competition for these prestigious awards has been fiercer than ever."

French development firm Eden Games won the award for best use of online for test Drive Unlimited, whilst Rare's Viva Piņata took the prize for visual arts.

Ian Hetherington, co-founder of the 1980s games firm Psygnosis, and ex managing director of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, was crowned Development Legend.

He is currently chairman of Evolution Studios and Real Time Worlds.

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