Shortlist for Epic Games' Make Something Unreal Revealed

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Twelve teams have been selected to develop games based on “Mendelian Inheritance” theme



Epic Games, Inc., creators of award-winning games and game technology, has announced the shortlist of 12 teams that will progress to the next round of Make Something Unreal Live (MSUL) 2013, the European student game development competition.

This year, 21 teams comprising a total of 170 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 scrutinized by a panel of judges from Epic Games, the Wellcome Trust, and Stephen Gaffney, CEO 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.

“We were extremely pleased with the high quality of all the submissions this year, with entries coming from teams across Europe,” commented Mike Gamble, European Territory Manager at Epic Games and a member of the judging panel.

“We were looking for pitches that used the Mendelian Inheritance theme to develop clever and original ideas which would also be realizable in the time available. Teams scored highly when they demonstrated that they were comfortable with the subject matter and could develop their idea into an engaging game,” Gamble noted.

Dr. Daniel Glaser, head of Special Projects at the Wellcome Trust, said, “We’re delighted to see such a display of imagination inspired by the theme. We look forward to seeing how those shortlisted evolve their concepts over the course of the competition. We want to inspire a new generation of games developers as part of our wider commitment to using games and gaming culture as a means of engaging people with science.”

The 12 shortlisted candidates will now use Epic’s Unreal Development (UDK), the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 (UE3), to create new PC games demos based on their pitches, with the ultimate goal of winning a commercial Unreal Engine 4 license for PC digital distribution.

MSUL 2013 – the shortlisted teams

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

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.

At the Gadget Show Live finalists will work on their games live on the show floor in front of the MSUL judges and the public visitors to the show. On the final day of the exhibition, the overall winning team will be announced, and awarded with a commercial UE4 license for PC digital distribution.

MSUL 2013 is also supported by Staffordshire University, Epic’s educational partner for the program, and UKIE, the game industry trade association.

You can follow the progress of this year’s MSUL on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MakeSomethingUnreal.

Over the past decade Epic’s Make Something Unreal game development competitions have awarded millions of dollars’ worth of cash and prizes, enabled the release of numerous commercially successful computer and video games and jumpstarted many careers.



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