Today Epic Games has revealed the latest recipients of its Unreal Dev Grant scheme with two virtual reality (VR) titles included. These are Carbon Studio’s Alice VR and Kenzan Studios’ The Fantastic Voyages of Teo and Leonie.
Alice VR is a sci-fi adventure videogame that takes place in the farthest reaches of space, where a malfunction prompts the ship’s AI to wake players from cryosleep and forces an emergency landing on a foreign planet called Speculo. The colony on this planet mines a vital resource for interstellar travel and so players must head to the nearest city of Mirabilis in search of fuel, only to find that all of the inhabitants have mysteriously disappeared.
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice VR will launch on 27th, October 2016, with support for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and OSVR.
While The Fantastic Voyages of Teo and Leonie is a TV series that’s been designed from the ground up to be a transmedia product, combining both traditional animation and real-time rendering with Unreal Engine 4. The series follows two young children from the early 20th century who suddenly find themselves in the middle of the Renaissance. Here they find Leonardo da Vinci who takes them under his wing and tries to get them home. Kenzan Studios plans on releasing the series across smartphones, TV, consoles and VR headsets.
The other titles included in this latest round of grants are: Conarium by Zoetrope Interactive, The Watchmaker by Micropsia Games, Lost Soul Aside from Yang Bing and The Dice is Cast by Studio NextStage.
The six recipients have been awarded a total of $160,000 USD from Epic Games’ $5 million initiative. VRFocus will continue its coverage of the Unreal Dev Grants, reporting back with any further VR winners.