Epic Games announced a new round of Unreal Dev Grants today July 4, 2016. Totaling at $80,000 these grants will support six new outstanding Unreal Engine 4 projects and initiatives. Launched in February of 2015, the Unreal Dev Grants is a $5 million fund created as a no-strings-attached financial aid for developer assistance. Today Epic has awarded a total of $1.3 million to developers using the Unreal Engine. Let’s run through the most recent recipients.
Disc Jam is a competitive sports game for PC and PS4 by High Horse Entertainment, a developer duo. Disc Jam won Top Audience Pick at The MIX E3 2016 event. Sign up for the alpha here.
One of the leaders in the developing community, Nick founded the Unreal Slackers, the largest Unreal Engine slack channel containing more than 2,000 developers. These devs can share ideas, support each other and more. On top of that Nick organizes the Portland Unreal Engine Meetup, UnrealPDX.
One of the pioneers in Unreal Engine’s VR development, Mitch released a VR content examples map and currently is in the development of Mitch’s VR lab which is meant to be a valuable resource for VR devs that includes a tutorial series.
This intuitive and immersive game gives players, both solo or with a friend, the creative freedom to sculpt almost anything you can think of. SculptrVR is currently available on Steam and is supported on the HTC Vive, with support for the Occulus Rift and PlayStation VR on the way.
KINETIK is meant to be a challenging tactical RPG shooter. The development team, Hero Machine Studios is comprised of former Square Enix America chief Mike Fischer with devs Mat Broome and Kevin McPherson, both formerly worked with Sony. Keep up to date with this game’s fast progress at their facebook page.
Tower Unite is a very social MMO in early access on Steam. Offering an ever evolving world fueled by the community, players can interact in a plethora of ways. Crammed with mini games, achievements and deep customization Tower Unite might be the next big casual MMO.
Congratulations to the recipients of the Unreal Dev Grants, may all your hard work pay off. For more information on Unreal Dev Grants or to apply, visit unrealengine.com/unrealdevgrants.