Epic Games has announced the shortlist of twelve teams which will progress to the next round of Make Something Unreal Live 2013, the European student game development competition. This year, twenty-one teams consisting of a total of one hundred and seventy members submitted pitch documents as entries to the contest, based on the theme Mendelian Inheritance: genetics and genomics, which is supported by the Wellcome Trust. Candidates were encouraged to treat the theme creatively, spanning concepts such as variation, mutation and other characteristics of the human genome.
The entries were scrutinised by a panel of judges from Epic Games, the Wellcome Trust, and Stephen Gaffney, Chief Executive Officer of Fireteam. The judges were looking for game plans that demonstrated an inspirational use of the competition theme, and which were ambitious while staying mindful of the contest deadlines and demands. Artwork with eye-catching visuals were commended. The twelve short listed candidates will now use Epic’s Unreal Development Kit, the free edition of Unreal Engine 3, to create new PC games demos based on their pitches, with the ultimate goal of winning a commercial Unreal Engine 4 licence for PC digital distribution.
The shortlist of teams is shown below. The teams will come to London at the beginning of December to present work-in-progress on their games to the judging panel. On this day, four teams will be selected to go through to the competition’s grand final at the Gadget Show Live exhibition in April 2013. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated on all the latest details.
Make Something Unreal Live 2013 Shortlist
Name- University- Game title
Dead Shark Triplepunch- Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden- Loch Ness
DN-ARK- Université Montpellier 3 Paul Valéry, France- DN-ARK
Team Fat Totem- University of Abertay, Dundee- Fat Totem
Frobot Studios- Staffordshire University- UGENE
Legendary Muffin- Anglia Ruskin University- Regen
Ludorum Studios- Staffordshire University- Psych
Team Polymorph- Staffordshire University- Polymorph
Stafford Uni Freshers- Staffordshire University- (untitled)
Static Games- Bournemouth University- Mendel’s Farm
Team Catalyst- Northumbria & Newcastle University- Phenotype
Team Diploid- University of Abertay, Dundee- Team Diploid
Team Summit- University Of Abertay, Dundee- Beings