Epic Games and Train2Game announced over the weekend that Commando Kiwi is the winner of the Make Something Unreal Live competition, with its iOS game The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters. The winner of the competition was revealed during the Gadget Show Live. Four teams presented their new iOS games based on individual books in the Fighting Fantasy series to franchise creators Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone OBE, who selected the winner.
Commando Kiwi’s "fresh twist on the third-person adventure genre" made the best use of the property and exhibited the most outstanding commercial potential, according to Epic. The studio won a full source Unreal Engine 3 license for iOS that may be applied to a future project as well as a holiday at the AquaCity water park and resort in Poprad, Slovakia.
“Commando Kiwi really captured the essence of ‘The Warlock of Firetop Mountain’ with great gameplay and visuals,” said Fighting Fantasy author and co-creator, Ian Livingstone. “It’s remarkable what these student teams were able to produce working remotely for such a short period of time using UDK. Although only one of the teams has won this amazing prize, the experience students have gained is invaluable and I fully expect to see many of them working in the video games industry. We look forward to playing these games, and Steve and I are sure that Fighting Fantasy fans everywhere will really enjoy these new interactive experiences based on the books."
“I’m just dead proud of my team. They’ve worked really hard and this competition has changed our lives forever,” said Jonny Robinson, producer of Commando Kiwi and team captain for Make Something Unreal Live.
The finalists and their entries included Commando Kiwi – The Warlock of Firetop Mountain: Lost Chapters; Derp Studios – Citadel of Chaos: Dire Consequences; Digital Mage Armies of Death: Rise of Agglax; and Indigo Jam – Deathtrap Dungeon. All four iOS games were publicly debuted this week and will be released on the App Store in the coming weeks through a new publishing deal with AppyNation. Teams competing in Make Something Unreal Live have been developing their games since advancing in the Train2Game and Epic Game Jam last November. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Prince’s Trust.
You can learn more about the competition and the winners by visiting www.epicgames.com.