New VR Games Awarded Funds In Epic’s $1 Million Unreal Engine Dev Grant

by Jamie Feltham • June 28th, 2018

Epic Games’ latest batch of developer grants have been revealed and several VR companies are included in the list.

The grants, which collectively total $1 million, are awarded to developers using the company’s Unreal Engine for their upcoming games and apps. Among the 37 teams securing money in the range of $5,000 to $50,000 today are Blacksmith Studios, New Reality Co. and VitaeVR, all of which are working on VR projects.

Blacksmith is working on an intriguing puzzle game called Desolate Sands, in which players aim to dig deep by moving obstacles and using levers. VitaeVR, meanwhile, has a similarly interesting product in VStore, which is hoping to become a full VR supermarket that can be used to screen for early indicators of dementia. The game asks players to search a supermarket for certain items then pay for their items with the correct amount. Their performance is then measured and scores are delivered to clinicians.

Finally, New Reality Co. is working on an unannounced VR project that focused on storytelling and art. The studio is headed up by Milica Zec and Windslow Porter, who both worked on VR experiences that appear at festivals like Tree.

Another recipient in this round of grants is Mundfish, which is working on strange shooter Atomic Heart and released VR shooter Soviet Lunapark earlier this year. The latter title is in Early Access so hopefully some of the funding will go towards making that a bigger and better experience, too.

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