Unreal Engine creator Epic Games has awarded another $150,000 to a variety of games and technology developers.
The no-strings-attached grants are part of a $5m programme Epic launched earlier this year, and provides extra funding to ambitious and impressive projects being built with Unreal technology.
The latest round splits the $150,000 between 11 recipients for projects that range from new video games to virtual reality experiences and development tools.
The new recipients include:
- Beatbuddy developer Thr3aks, which received $17,000 towards the development of their latest title Retro Invasion (pictured), a 2.5D co-operative brawler/shooter.
- Montreal start-up Elastic Games also received $17,000 to help with their Kickstarter-funded multiplayer horror game Last Year, in which five players take on the role of typical horror movie high school student and another player is the serial killer.
- $15,000 was granted to Agog Labs for their work on SkookumScript, a text-based programming language that has been used in titles such as Sleeping Dogs and is available as a free plug-in for UE4.
- Ziva Dynamics also received $15,000 for integrating its anatomical simulation software with UE4.
- Sinister Cyclops Game Studio was granted $14,000 to help bring its 2D platformer Spartan to Steam and potentially other platforms.
- $13,000 was awarded to UK studio Digital Cybercherries for the new virtual reality co-op shooter Hypercharge, currently in development for PC, Mac, Linux and Xbox One.
- Chinese two-man studio EasyFun Games was awarded $12,500 towards future games development following the success of Wanderer 2: The Rebirth.
- Another $12,500 went to Korean dev GaniTani for their new hash-and-slash mobile game Bellatia, the team’s first non-casual title.
- WindLimit Studios earned $12,000 for its Ghibli-inspired platform game Talewind, which uses Unreal’s Paper 2D tool.
- A further $12,000 was granted to Heiko Fink, the developer behind a UE4 integration for the Perception Neuron motion capture suit.
- Finally, $10,000 was given to German developer Rafaele Picca, who developed VR experience Deep Echo, which puts players on a mission in a submersible at the bottom of the sea.