Article Epic Games Gives $1 Million In Grants To Indie Developers

Christopher M
July 11, 2018, 04:41amEDT
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Recently 37 independent developers and teams received a helpful boost from from Epic Games late last month as the company handed out $1 Million dollars in grants with their Unreal Dev Grants program. The grant program was established early 2015 as a way to fund for upcoming developers working with the Unreal Engine 4. The recipients don't have any obligations to Epic Games and awarded grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Below is the list of 37 recipients from this round of awards broken into two categories, Game Developments and Other Developments.

Game Developments

Amid Evil by New Blood Interactive
Steam - Website"Once branded a HERETIC. Now YOU have been chosen. Reclaim our sacred weapons. Take back our ancient lands. If you can stand... AMID EVIL."

Atomic Heart by Mundfish
Steam - Website"Atomic Heart is an adventure first-person shooter, events of which unfolds in an alternate universe during the high noon of the Soviet Union."

Brief Battles by Juicy Cupcake
Steam - Website"May your butt reign supreme in Brief Battles, use your underpants to fight your friends in this fast-paced couch gaming platform fighter! Conquer your foes with flaming hot pants, buns of steel, toxic tighty whities and more. Brief Battles features over-the-top gameplay, colourful heroes, ridiculous game modes and hilarious combat powers."

Project "Caillou" (Working title) by Awaceb

Desolate Sands by Blacksmith Studios

ELLI by Bandana Kid
Website"ELLI is a puzzle-platforming game that puts the player in the shoes of Elli, an ancient guardian of time, on the journey to recover the stolen sands of time from a mysterious character."

Ghost by Sky Machine Studios
Website"Ghost is an isometric stealth game set in a quasi Victorian era world. You play as Arthur Artorias, a man thought to be dead... a man without a face. After a tragedy that befell you and your family, you return 8 years later, destitute and alone, to discover the truth of your past. You must hide, explore, and survive if you wish to last the first night of winter."

Guntastic by Ludicrous Games
Website"Guntastic is an arcade-ish game involving shooting, mayhem, gore and yelling. Battle with up to four local or online players in incredibly fast, one-shot one-kill, non-stop matches over continuously changing levels."

Headsnatchers by Iguanabee
Steam - Website"Hold onto your head with Headsnatchers, a stupidly hectic up-to-4-player local and online multiplayer party-game where you snatch your friends' heads to come out victorious. Because, let's face it, you’ll do anything to win."

Hear No Evil by Rockodile Games
Website"Hear No Evil is the story of the remnants of humanity descending back to Earth to fight for their future."

Hellbound by Saibot Studios
Website"90's style First Person Shooter game (FPS)"

Kine by Gwen Frey
Steam - Website"A challenging 3D puzzle game about music, machines, and dreams."

Little Devil Inside by Neostream
Website"Little Devil Inside is a truly engaging 3D action adventure RPG game where you are thrown into a surreal but somewhat familiar setting with humans, creatures and monsters to interact with, learn and hunt - journey, survive and discover the world that exists beyond. This game is not just about killing arch-demons and saving the world. Take in the atmosphere and live a realistic life in an unrealistic world. This is a game that tells stories about people with 'unusual' jobs such as hunting monsters and what happens in their everyday life doing so."

M.A.S.S Builder by Vermillion Digital Co., Ltd.

Midnight Ghost Hunt by Mellowsoft
Website"Midnight ghost hunt is a multiplayer hide and seek game that pits a team of ghosts against a team of ghost hunters."

NanoSpace by Synthetic Systems
Website"Ðœeteorite with spores of biomechanical creatures (nano-mites) fell to the Earth. After 27 million of years the one survivor Core activated . Inside the Core grow and develop three beings. Nano-mites have a unique set of skills and live in symbiosis, they have ability to generate a variety of substances (combine and separate chemical elements), they will survive and resist the biota of the Earth, which changed over millions of years of evolution, as well they will perform some missions to prepare a base for invasion of insektorat swarm."

NotMyCar by NMC Studios
Website"Vehicular Battle Royale is here."

Oceanhorn 2 by Cornfox and Bros.
Website"The boy has grown up? That’s right! But he is a different boy altogether! Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm is set in another time period on the Oceanhorn timeline. The game has a new Hero, a boy who has been trained to become a Knight of Arcadia. Oceanhorn 2 will be built upon the same elements that were the heart and soul of the first Oceanhorn game: exploring a colorful world, a deep backstory with secrets and twists, amazing music, and most importantly - classic Action RPG gameplay with items, puzzles, battles, and badass bosses!"

Paradise Lost by PolyAmorous
Website"Paradise Lost is a non-linear narrative driven adventure game, with meaningful, kinesthetic interactions dynamically changing both the environment and the story you are experiencing."

The Path of Calydra by Finalboss
Website"The game presents the adventures of Matheus, who lives in the suburbs of a big city, but is taken to a strange world by the entity known as Calydra. He will soon realise that the only way to survive is by helping the creature, which wants to regain its lost powers and forms. Each one of the forms taken by Calydra can be used by Matheus to surpass the challenges that will take our hero back home."

Raji: An Ancient Epic by Nodding Head Games
Steam - Website"Raji: An Ancient Epic is an action adventure game set in Ancient India. Raji, a young girl is chosen by the gods, to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm, her destiny to rescue her younger brother and face the demon lord Mahabalasura."

Rocket Jockey by Burn Ward Games
Website"Fly on top of modern jet engines with classic car chassis at break-neck speeds. Use your left and right grappling hooks to swing around pillars and grab other players off of their rockets. Drag, fling, clothesline, slam and string up your friends."

Session by Crea-ture Studios

Website"Suddenly you have been shrunk. Mysteriously, you have been exposed to a very familiar, but largely different world. What has happened to you? Are there other victims, or are you alone in your tiny plight? There are so many questions that need answering - but don't worry about that right now...that squirrel is looking pretty hungry. With SMALLAND, the survival genre gets a tinier take that lets you appreciate the little things. Or flee in terror of the little things. The slightest breeze can sweep your items or even your house away from you. The simplest rainfall can form puddles the size of lakes in a matter of minutes. There's an adventure out there waiting for you when you're small - a new world full of challenges to conquer and ecosystems to explore. Though take care, for this world is as dangerous as it is amazing. You'll need to keep your wits about you and craft tools to keep yourself alive in this new world. But with the help of your friends, you don't have to do it alone."

Solar Warden by Polar Zenith
Steam - Website"Solar Warden is a Space Shooter / Real-Time Strategy hybrid indie title from the developers behind Mechwarrior: Living Legends. Command the secret space fleet from the real-time strategy overlay; the 'Planetary Defense Interface (PDI)' into battle or choose to assume immediate control of any of your fleet directly with the 'Telepresence' technology and combat the Silicoid menace up close!"

Someday You'll Return by CBE Software
Steam - Website"Someday You'll Return is a story-driven psychological horror game about a desperate search for a missing daughter deep in the woods where you swore you'd never return, brought to you by the creative duo behind J.U.L.I.A.: Among the Stars."

Other Developments

Anima Plugin for UE4 by AXYZ Design
Website"Anima is the fastest stand-alone character animation application developed especially for architects and designers, it's perfect for quickly and easily creating stunning 3D animations in very little time. Our motion editing tools and high quality content make 3D character animation easy and affordable and enables creative and technical artists to take on demanding animation intensive projects."

Feri Vincze
Website"Freelancer producing experimental short films and 3D animations."

Kara Education by Kara Technologies
Website"Kara is an online education platform for children with hearing difficulties. It will provide deaf students with valuable educational materials, which can change their academic and career paths. Our platform uses a computer avatar to communicate in sign language."

Neon Giant
Website"We are a group of game veterans with a past in some of the world’s biggest action game franchises. With a combined game development experience of 70 years we felt it was about time to create our own game studio, built around a small but extremely talented team. We are hard at work on our first title set in a brand new cyberpunk world."

New Reality Co.
Website"Creative studio by Milica Zec and Winslow Porter. Dedicated to synthesizing storytelling, art and technology into groundbreaking and emotional projects."

Origin Zero by Black Amber Digital
Website"ORIGIN ZERO is an episodic web series created by Erasmus Brosdau (The Lord Inquisitor). We create our episodes using a real-time game engine, so we're already planning many exciting, interactive experiences for the future."

The Path of Calydra by Finalboss
Website"This plugin has been developed to help with importing, processing and rendering of point clouds."

Scene Fusion by KinematicSoup Technologies
Website"Working together in real-time allows you to iterate on gameplay and aethetics faster than ever before! Scene Fusion can cut the amount of time it takes to produce a scene in half or more!"

Second Order
Website"Second Order is an independent game studio based in Helsinki, Finland. The studio was founded in October 2015 by Sebastian Aaltonen and Sami Saarinen, two veteran game developers behind the Trials game series (web games, 2, SE, HD, Evolution & Fusion). We had many roles and responsibilities over the years. Before starting our new journey with our own company Sebastian was the Senior Lead Programmer and Sami was the Technical Art Director of the Trials core team."

Twenty Studios
Website"Tools for using Unreal Engine in Live Video Production. We will unlock Unreal Engine for use in live video productions with an intuitive, open sourced software that connects on-set camera control, tracking with AR/VR graphics and 3D-space live video compositing."

VStore by VitaeVR
Website"Working in close collaboration with King's College Hospital, we have jointly developed VStore - a fully functioning Virtual Reality tool which offers a faster, accurate and portable method of screening for early indicators of Dementia."

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