The game is rooted in ancient mythology and stars Kratos, the former Greek god of war, and his son Atreus. Fortnite, released in 2017, was named best evolving game. Despite receiving six nominations, UK-made western adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 walked away empty-handed at the glitzy ceremony in central London.

The first God of War game was released in 2005. This eighth installment in the series, developed by Santa Monica Studio, sees its iconic lead character Kratos – son of Zeus – as a struggling single parent.

Cory Barlog, director of God of War, told the BBC winning the awards was “amazing, overwhelming, and scary”.

He said the win showed that story-led games could be as “relevant” as the presently popular Battle Royale style titles.

Nintendo’s Labo won two awards, one for best family game and the other for innovation.

It is the cardboard toolkit that lets players explore the interactivity of the firm’s Switch console, for example by creating a piano.

The Bafta winners in full were:

Original Property: Into the Breach
Music: God of War
Game Design: The Return of the Obra Dinn
Evolving Game: Fortnite
Narrative: God of War
Debut Game: Yoku’s Island Express
Mobile: Florence
Family: Nintendo Labo
Artistic Achievement: Return of the Obra Dinn
Multiplayer: A Way Out
Audio Achievement: God of War
Game Innovation: Nintendo Labo
Performer: Jeremy Davies, God of War
Best British Game: Forza Horizon 4
Game Beyond Entertainment: My Child Lebensborn
Mobile Game of the Year (Audience Vote): Old School Runescape
Best Game: God of War