New independent games, VR experiences and Unreal Engine 4 initiatives from across Europe receive financial support in new wave of funds.
Epic Games has announced a new round of Unreal Dev Grants recipients with awards totaling $75,000. This group is comprised of teams spread across Europe, two of which are demonstrating their games on the Unreal Engine stand at Develop:Brighton.
Launched in February 2015, Unreal Dev Grants is a $5 million fund created to aid in developer success with no-strings-attached financial assistance. To date Epic has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants to Unreal Engine developers.
Everspace by Rockfish Games -- From German-based Rockfish Games, creators of the Galaxy on Fire series, Everspace is a single-player 3D space shooter with rogue-like elements and non-linear storytelling. With a heavy focus on action, top-notch visuals and VR compatibility.
Jump Stars by Pixel Blimp -- Jump Stars is a game show-themed party game for two to four players from UK-based Pixel Blimp. Successfully Greenlit and heading to consoles, Jump Stars has cooperative and competitive modes and is at the Develop:Brighton Unreal Engine stand.
Thundersteed Ltd. -- Directed by Greg Penninck and Stuart Butler, game development company Thundersteed Ltd. has provided numerous Unreal Engine learning resources over the past two years.
The Siege and The Sandfox by Cardboard Sword -- Self-described as a ‘Stealthvania’ game, The Siege and the Sandfox infuses stealth into the familiar Metroidvania experience, creating a unique twist on the genre. With an outstanding 2D aesthetic, UK-based Cardboard Sword is building a beautiful world for players to enjoy, and they’ve also brought their game to Develop: Brighton with Epic.
Stellar Overload by Cubical Drift -- Stellar Overload is a 3D open-world voxel-based RPG that combines role playing (character evolution, quests) with construction (buildings, vehicles, crafting) in a beautiful 3D universe. French team Dubical Drift will also ship multiplayer aspects including co-op and PvP for the game.
More information on Unreal Dev Grants is available here.
Source: Epic Games