The Make Something Unreal Live competition has gained the rights to use the Fighting Fantasy property, Epic Games and Train2Game have announced. The long-running tabletop roleplaying game will be developed into iOS games for the competition, and then those games will be debuted at Gadget Show Live 2012.
Four indie game studios will each select a book from the Fighting Fantasy series to make into an iOS app. The four chosen for the competition are The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, The Citadel of Chaos, Deathtrap Dungeon, and Armies of Death. So lots of fire, and chaos, and death, to put it bluntly.
During the development process, the devs will release regular milestones and stick to intellecutal property guidelines. Industry veterans including Deep Red's Tony Bickley, Epic's Mike Gamble, AppCrowd's Rik Alexander, and Mediatonic's Pete Hickman will serve as guest mentors for the teams.
Once the projects are finished, they'll be shown off at the Gadget Show Live 2012, set for April 10-15 in Birmingham, UK. The winning team will get a full source, commercial Unreal Engine 3 license for iOS devices.
"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 Fighting Fantasy co-creator Ian Livingstone in the announcement. "It will be really interesting to see how our IP will be captured and interpreted for the iOS platform. 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."