Epic Games has announced the latest recipients of Unreal Dev Grants, a $5 million fund supporting developers using Unreal.
Epic Games has announced the latest recipients of Unreal Dev Grants, a $5 million fund supporting developers using Unreal. This new round is said to award $800,000 to more than 30 individuals and teams, with no restrictions or obligations to the company behind the engine.
“The Unreal Dev Grants program has a simple goal: to help talented developers succeed by letting them focus more on their project and less on their bills,” states Chance Ivey, Partnership Manager at Epic Games. “We’re continually amazed by the range of applications built with UE4 and the potential of so many of these projects; this round includes standouts such as Sojourn by Tierceron, Crab Rave by Noisestorm, and VR Cataract Simulator by Surgical Mind. Congrats to all of these folks for their vision and persistence!”
You can find some of the recipients below:
FILM / CINEMA: 100 Flowers of God (working title) by 3rd World Studios – Website
3rd World Studios is the Pakistan-based creator of the first animated feature-length film rendered entirely in UE4, Allahyar and the Legend of Markhor, which was released in February to critical acclaim. This Unreal Dev Grant is meant to accelerate 3rd World’s future film projects.
TOOL / PLUGIN: Anomotion Motion Composer and Anomotion BIK – Website
Anomotion maintains two animation solutions for UE4: Motion Composer, a task-based motion planner which automatically generates precise motion sequences from unstructured animation data; and BIK, an inverse-kinematics system that can model various joint types and define custom constraints for VR avatars, virtual humans and creatures. Anomotion’s solutions have practical applications, from film previs to architectural visualizations. For industrial simulation and shared virtual environments, for example, Anomotion’s technology can be used to populate interactive, adaptive training environments with task-directed virtual characters.
FILM / CINEMA / VR: Awake: Episode One by Start VR – Trailer
Created by Start VR, Awake: Episode One is an interactive cinematic virtual reality experience for HTC Vive and Vive Pro. Awake: Episode One, which uses the latest volumetric capture techniques to bring real-life human performances into VR, officially premiered at SXSW and has been touring the festival circuit ever since. It’s coming soon to Steam.
INDEPENDENT GAME: Black Iris by Hexa Game Studio – Website
From Brazilian indie team Hexa Game Studio, Black Iris is an action RPG that takes inspiration from the Dark Souls series of games and Bloodborne. Black Iris in development for PC and console.
INDEPENDENT GAME / AR: BOT-NET by Calvin Labs – Website
BOT-NET is a game that turns physical space into a first-person battlefield using a mobile device’s AR features. Massive robots fight while the player engages in ground combat with smaller robots. BOT-NET is available in the App Store.
You can find the full list here.