Epic Games and Wellcome’s year-long Developing Beyond competition wrapped up earlier tonight, with VR game Seed taking top honours.
The win means that developer All Seeing Eye takes home USD$150,000 to continue production of the title. Seed casts players as a scientist in a laboratory, using a machine to hybridise and genetically engineer plants to serve specific purposes.
Developing Beyond launch in January 2017, with teams tasked with coming up with a concept to explore the theme of “Transformations.” Over a hundred games were entered, with the three finalists being announced at Develop:Brighton in July last year. Each of the development teams that made it to the semi-finals were paired with a scientist, and for All Seeing Eye, that was historian Helen Curry, who introduced the team to the idea of “biohackers” from the early- and mid-1900s, who attempted to manipulate and modify plants using radio isotopes and radium, among other methods.
The other finalists in the competition were runner-up Winter Hall by Lost Forest Games and Terramars by Untold Games, which have won $50,000 and $30,000 respectively.