'Make Something Unreal' Contest Winners Crowned

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Unreal and Gears of War developer Epic Games has unveiled the ultimate winners of its latest Unreal Tournament modding contest 'Make Something Unreal.'

Horror shooter mod 'The Haunted' was named grand prize winner after several rounds of awards and eliminations, which Epic explains is due to "a winning formula of intense survival horror gameplay, rich multiplayer modes, and nightmarish themed graphics."

  1. The Haunted - Michael Hegemann and Team.
  2. The Ball (UDK Standalone) - Toltec Studios
  3. Angels Fall First: PlanetStorm - AFF Team
  4. Prometheus (UDK Standalone) - Rachel Cordone
  5. Hazard: The Journey of Life - Alexander Bruce

Both The Ball and Prometheus are available as standalone versions powered by the Unreal Development Kit. Toltec is also working on a commercial version of The Ball.

The Haunted's developer will receive $50,000 and a commercial Unreal Engine 3 license, to use as they see fit. Previous winner Tripwire Interactive is currently using its prize license to develop a commercial sequel to its winning mod Red Orchestra.

From The Chatty

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    February 18, 2010 12:23 PM

    This makes me sad. I'm sure these are top notch mods, but so few people bought Unreal Tournament 3 I doubt even anyone will download these winners :(. (Last I checked in 2008 Unreal 3 only sold around 50,000 to 100,000 copies)

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      February 18, 2010 12:37 PM

      Hopefully UT3's inclusion in budget-priced collection packs, which are available on digital service such as Steam, will prompt more sales. That's how I bought UT3: I hadn't ever planned on getting it, but over the past Steam Holiday Sale, the UT pack was around 14 bucks. Easy decision for me.

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        February 18, 2010 1:06 PM

        Yeah, I got it during that first free weekend/sale, just for the mods. I wouldn't be surprised if there were other people like me.

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      February 18, 2010 12:41 PM

      Whats sad is that these mods built with the blood and sweat of true gamers, are usually 100x more fun then developers who spend millions in r&d , and post production. These are the guys who should be leading Epic.

      Another saddening fact is that most of these great designers get sucked up by companies like epic, make their mod into a commercial package then get put on Gears of War 3. Even though i mainly play my ps3 now since i can't afford to upgrade my rig, PC gaming will always be the brightest jewel in the crown of gaming just because of mods.

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      February 18, 2010 1:09 PM

      They should all just roll standalone executables with UDK like The Ball and Prometheus did.

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      February 18, 2010 1:15 PM

      UDK is standalone. You don't need UT3 or any game installed.

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        February 18, 2010 1:29 PM

        That covers two of these mods, the others require UT3 (for now)

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          February 20, 2010 5:34 AM

          UT3 Black is only $19.99 on Steam right now. I just went and picked it up last night just so I could play these mods.

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      February 18, 2010 5:28 PM

      i still never bought ut3, even after all of the sales..

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      February 18, 2010 8:17 PM

      Damn good game, so that's the shame.. Should've sold millions like UT2004.