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Unreal Diaries: The future is Unreal

Epic Games offers a glimpse at the first recipients of its $5m Unreal Dev Grants
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Epic recently launched Unreal Dev Grants to provide financial support to innovative projects being built with Unreal Engine 4.

Epic aims to hand out $5m in grants, and in March the company awarded nine teams with $139,000 of no-strings-attached funding to help bring their visions to life.

From ultra-realistic architectural visualisations to VR projects, beautiful shooters and beyond, take a look at the first incredible Unreal Dev Grants recipients:

404Sight

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A dozen graduate students from the University of Utah, known as Retro Yeti Games, have developed 404Sight as a statement about protecting net neutrality, blending gameplay elements from Mirror’s Edge, Robot Unicorn Attack and Wipeout.

www.404sight.com

Adr1ft

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Coming to PC, consoles and virtual reality, Adr1ft is a first-person experience that tells the story of an astronaut in peril. Awakened in the aftermath of a catastrophic event, low on oxygen and disoriented, Adr1ft challenges you to survive in a dangerous and unforgiving environment.

www.adr1ft.com

Consight

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Built by three recent graduates from the University of Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, Consight allows you to view and control real-time architectural visualisations from an iPad interface. The students will benefit from a $15,000 grant as they work to bring this thesis project to market.

http://bit.ly/1x8s8EF

Dead Static Drive

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Described by creator Mike Blackney as “Grand Theft Cthulu”, this ‘80s-themed driving horror game features striking, comic-book-styled visual design. It has been developed almost entirely by Blackney himself – with the help of some friends.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFpetrmn7Cs

Koola

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We highlighted Koola in the March issue of Develop, and this French artist was among the very first Unreal Dev Grants recipients. His masterful, hyper-realistic landscapes and architectural visualisations have inspired other developers to follow in his footsteps to push realism to its limits.

www.youtube.com/user/koooolalala

Nelo

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Perhaps the most impressive thing about Nelo is that this gorgeous, gritty third-person shooter has been developed by only three people. The team at Magic and Mirrors has showcased some great character, enemy and location design – not to mention atmosphere.

www.magicandmirrors-art.com/nelo

Nuren: The New Renaissance

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The world’s first virtual reality rock opera, Nuren is a stunning audio/visual experience designed and created by Jake Kaufman and Jessie Seely. The audio engineer and artist/voice actress team successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign in March, and coupled with their grant, they seem well on their way to delivering on this promising vision.

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Planet Alpha 31

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Developed by just two people at this point – Adrian Lazar and a contract sound designer – the Epic team has been consistently impressed by Planet Alpha 31. This immersive, story-driven puzzle-platformer takes place in a constantly-changing world – and what a beautiful world it is.

www.planetalpha31.com

Storm United

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After switching engines to take advantage of Unreal Engine 4’s new subscription model, PixelBeam is on the verge of a Steam Greenlight campaign for its massively multiplayer FPS. The team is working hard to implement deep social and competitive game features, and a $10,000 Unreal Dev Grant will help them along the way.

www.pixelbeam.org

Keep an eye on the Unreal Engine blog as Epic unveils more recipients of Unreal Dev Grants.

www.unrealengine.com/blog

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