Epic Games has announced a new round of Unreal Dev Grants recipients, with awards totally $75,000. This batch comprises teams spread across Europe — two of which are demonstrating their games at the Unreal Engine stand at Develop:Brighton starting today. The Grants, launched in 2015, is a $5 million fund created to help developers succeed with no-strings-attached financial assistance. Epic has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants so far.
Everspace by Rockfish Games (Germany)
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, Everspace continues to impress. Follow @everspace_game for regular updates.
Jump Stars by Pixel Blimp (U.K.)
Lighthearted and stylized, Jump Stars is a game show-themed party game for two to four players. Successfully Greenlit and heading to consoles, Jump Stars has cooperative and competitive modes and is at the Develop:Brighton Unreal Engine stand. (@PixelBlimp)
Thundersteed Ltd. (U.K.)
Directed by Greg Penninck and Stuart Butler, game development company Thundersteed Ltd. has provided numerous Unreal Engine learning resources over the past two years. Greg and Stu, who both hail from the UK, have reputations for being positive forces in the community as well. (@ThunderSteedLtd)
The Siege and the Sandfox by Cardboard Sword (U.K.)
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, Cardboard Sword is building a beautiful world for players to enjoy, and they’ve also brought their game to Develop: Brighton with Epic. (@siegeandsandfox)
Stellar Overload by Cubical Drift (France)
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. Cubical Drift will also ship multiplayer aspects including co-op and PvP for the game. (@StellarOverload)