Develop Awards 2016: Best of the Best
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by Amanda Luginbuhl
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I've never heard of isolating the green channel of the normal map and using it as a paint layer. What effect does that create exactly?

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Develop Awards 2016: Best of the Best
14 July, 2016

A couple of hours ago at Brighton during the annual Develop Awards ceremony, Unreal Engine 4 received the title of the best engine. CD Projekt RED got the title of the best indie studio and more.


Develop Awards is a pretty important international event in games industry. There’s about 500 people attending representing 170 companies from around the world. Overall there were about 21 categories with lots of wonderful nominees. Unreal Engine 4 was nominated for the Engine of the year and successfully got this title. Among other service providers on the list of winners we’d like to mention Perforce Software, Audiokinetic, Testology.

There’s a number of other big names on the winner list as well. CD Projekt Red was named the ‘Studio of the Year’ and the best ‘Independent Studio’. Hideo Kojima got a title of the ‘Development Legend’. The lovely Devolver Digital became the ‘Publishing Hero’. Sam Barlow – the creator of ‘Her Story’ got the title of best ‘Micro Studio’.

You can get the full list of winners here. Congrats to Unreal and all finalists!


Design & Creativity Tool

Dehumaniser – Krotos
Enlighten – Geomerics
Fabric – Tazman Audio
Granite – Graphine Software
SpeedTree For Games – SpeedTree
Substance Painter 2 – Allegorithmic
Wwise – Audiokinetic
Yebis 3 – Silicon Studio

Production Tool

Favro by Hansoft
GameBench – GameBench
GameSparks – GameSparks
Marmalade Platform – Marmalade Technologies
Perforce – Perforce Software
Simplygon – Donya Labs
Umbra 3 – Umbra Software


CryEngine – Crytek
GameMaker: Studio – YoYo Games
GameGuru – The Game Creators
Lumberyard – Amazon
PlayCanvas – PlayCanvas
Stingray – Autodesk
Unity 5 – Unity Technologies
Unreal Engine 4 – Epic Games

Creative Outsourcer – Audio

93 Steps – Warhammer 40,000: Regicide
High Score Productions – War Thunder trailer
Nimrod Productions – Horizon: Zero Dawn trailer
Side – The Witcher 3
Soundcuts – Quantum Break
The Audio Guys – Forza Motorsport 6

Creative Outsourcer – Visual & Development

Audiomotion – Quantum Break
Dimensional Imaging – Quantum Break
Axis – Halo 5 Opening
D3T – The Witcher III (PS4)
Realtime UK – Rare Replay intro
Cubic Motion – Hellblade GDC demo


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