July 12, 2016

Epic Games awards $75,000 in Unreal Dev Grants

By Chance Ivey

Epic Games has announced today a new round of Unreal Dev Grants recipients with awards totaling $75,000. This group is comprised of teams spread across Europe - two of which are demonstrating their games on the Unreal Engine stand at Develop:Brighton starting today.  

Launched in February 2015, Unreal Dev Grants is a $5 million fund created to aid in developer success with no-strings-attached financial assistance. To date Epic has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grants to Unreal Engine developers.

Here are the latest recipients:

Everspace by Rockfish Games


From German-based Rockfish Games, creators of the Galaxy on Fire series, Everspace is a single-player 3D space shooter with rogue-like elements and non-linear storytelling. With a heavy focus on action, top-notch visuals and VR compatibility, Everspace continues to impress. Follow @everspace_game for regular updates.

Jump Stars by Pixel Blimp

Jump Stars

Lighthearted and stylized, Jump Stars is a  game show-themed party game for two to four players from UK-based Pixel Blimp. Successfully Greenlit and heading to consoles, Jump Stars has cooperative and competitive modes and is at the Develop:Brighton Unreal Engine stand. Follow @PixelBlimp for more info.

Thundersteed Ltd.


Directed by Greg Penninck and Stuart Butler, game development company Thundersteed Ltd. has provided numerous Unreal Engine learning resources over the past two years. Greg and Stu, who both hail from the UK, have reputations for being positive forces in the community as well. Visit their Udemy page, website and Twitter for more info.

The Siege and the Sandfox by Cardboard Sword

Siege and Sandfox

Self-described as a ‘Stealthvania’ game, The Siege and the Sandfox infuses stealth into the familiar Metroidvania experience, creating a unique twist on the genre. With an outstanding 2D aesthetic, UK-based Cardboard Sword is building a beautiful world for players to enjoy, and they’ve also brought their game to Develop: Brighton with Epic. Check out @siegeandsandfox.

Stellar Overload by Cubical Drift

Stellar Overload

Stellar Overload  is a 3D open-world voxel-based RPG that combines role playing (character evolution, quests) with construction (buildings, vehicles, crafting) in a beautiful 3D universe. French team Dubical Drift will also ship multiplayer aspects including co-op and PvP for the game. Visit their website and follow @StellarOverload for updates.

We’re proud to have these amazing developers as part of the Unreal Engine family. For more information on Unreal Dev Grants or to apply, visit unrealengine.com/unrealdevgrants.