Epic Games, developer of Gears of War and upcoming Fortnite, has acquired the rights to use the Fighting Fantasy role-playing gamebook series to use as basis and inspiration for apps to be developed in the Make Something Unreal Live challenge for iOS devices.
Make Something Unreal Live is an indie games design challenge sponsored by Epic itself and Train2Game. As the challenge reaches its finale, two teams will end up in a live showdown and unveiling on April 10th through the 15th at the Birmingham NEC in the UK.
Four Fighting Fantasy books will serve as basis for the participants involved in this challenge, and the idea is to have each team create an app based on a different book, all of which were authored by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone.
“Steve Jackson and I are delighted to see our ‘Fighting Fantasy’ gamebooks being developed as iOS games by new teams of talented and enthusiastic students,” said Livingstone. “It will be really interesting to see how our IP will be captured and interpreted for the iOS platform.”
He added, “This competition is a great way to showcase the creative talent of a new generation. The evolving games industry is constantly on the lookout for design innovation and new ways of playing. I am really looking forward to playing one of my books as a game.”
The apps to be created will be powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 and the winner will take home a full source and commercial iOS license for the engine.