Submissions opened last month for virtual reality (VR) developers to showcase their latest projects in the Indie Zone at the upcoming Develop:VR conference, an offshoot of the popular Develop:Brighton event. Organiser Tandem Events has now announced the eight projects which will be on display.
The Indie Zone is an area within the expo at Develop:VR showcasing some of the most interesting indie VR and augmented reality (AR) projects. These were selected by Solomon Rogers (Rewind:VR), Sam Watts (Make Real) and Steve Jelly (Hammerhead VR), and were chosen based on a criteria that all the projects must be independently developed, that the studio is smaller than 12 members and the budget was less than £1 million GBP.
Those chosen were: The Circle by Manos Agianniotakis, Korix by StellarVR, Tin Hearts by Rogue Sun, Ctrl by Breaking Fourth, Pierhead Arcade by Mechabit, Windlands by Psytec Games, PaperLander VR by ThisWayUp Games and Candy Kingdom by GameplaystudioVR.
“It was a tough decision to make being a judge for the Develop:VR Indie Showcase with so many excellent submissions with exciting, fun and technically competent titles to choose from,” commented Sam Watts. “However we feel that the final selection gives a fantastic broad overview of a range of types of games available, with VR powering new experiences from genuine small teams without publishers or large-scale financial backing. I wish all the participants the best of luck and hope they have a great show!”
While Andy Lane, managing director of Tandem Events added: “These eight projects demonstrate the high level of creativity the indie scene can bring to VR and AR projects. I’m really looking forward to testing this section on the expo floor.”
Develop:VR will be held on 24th, November 2016 at The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London. Passes for the event are still available at the Early Bird rate of £245 GBP plus VAT until 15th, October 2016, and VRFocus readers can also get a further 10 percent discount by entering code: DEVR16VF at the checkout.