The three finalists for the year-long Developing Beyond competition hosted by Epic Games and Wellcome have been announced, and will now move forward with an extra $60,000 in funding.
The competition challenged developers to create a game around the theme of “Transformations” while drawing inspiration from scientific ideas. Following the initial submission window, six development teams were each awarded $15,000 and matched with a scientist to continue work on their game.
Six months on, at Develop: Brighton, the three finalists were announced as Seed by All Seeing Eye, Terramars by Untold Games, and Winter Hall by Lost Forest Games.
Seed is a VR experience that challenges players with creating plant life in a science laboratory. Beginning with a set of coloured seeds (each with unique properties), players are able to splice, modify, and irradiate the seeds to create new plants with unique properties. All Seeing Eye has worked on a number of VR projects already, but Seed is the team’s first original IP.
Terramars is a strategy/simulation game in which players must take care of a small crew tasked with terraforming the environment of Mars. While resource management is of primary concern, players must also pay close attention to the mental and physical health of the astronauts under their control.
Finally, Winter Hall is a narrative exploration game in which players are able to step into the shoes of a number of different characters in the same location across the centuries to explore the lives of the individuals and the changes to the environment. The game is said to focus on the legacy of the Black Death.
The final part of the competition will take place in January 2018, with Doom and Quake designer John Romero and eminent historian Bettany Hughes joining the judging panel. The winner of that final round will receive an additional $150,000 in funding, while the first and second runner-ups will receive $50,000 and $30,000 respectively.
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