A team consisting of second year Bournemouth University students (6 from the Games Technology degree and one from our Music and Audio Technology degree, both taught on the Creative Technology framework in the School of Design, Engineering and Computing) has now made it to the final four for the Epic Games’/Wellcome Trust Make Something Unreal Live 2013 European competition.
The team is called Static Games and their game is titled Mendel’s Farm (the theme of the competition this year, as set by Wellcome Trust, is Mendelian inheritance). After a successful presentation day which picked the four top teams out of the twelve from the previous round at Wellcome Trust’s headquarters on Monday the 3rd of December, all finalist teams will now start working on their game (using Epic Games’ Unreal Development Kit), guided by mentorship from 4 UK game dev studios, with the goal being finishing this during the Gadget Show Live event in April 2013 (taking place at Birmingham’s NEC). The winning team will receive a full commercial Unreal Engine 4 license.
Dr Christos Gatzidis (framework leader for Creative Technology) says: “It’s fantastic to have such a great result on a very well-known and high-profile competition from our students. What’s more, I am personally very impressed with the professionalism they have displayed during this so far but also their grasp on the very specific scientific concept which Wellcome Trust picked, particularly remembering that all of the 7 students involved come from a very different background to biology and genetics.”
More information can be found here.