CARY, N.C. – September 15, 2008 – Epic Games, Inc. today announced Phase 1 finalists for the “Best Weapon” category in its $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest. The competition rewards top mods created for Unreal Tournament 3 with cash and hardware prizes in four preliminary phases and a grand final judging. Epic will reveal the winners in all 10 Phase 1 categories tomorrow at the Austin Game Developers Conference.
The Best Weapon category finalists are recognized as follows:
Cluster Rifle by Teemu Vaisanen and Jonne Vaisanen
Coda Sword by Denrei
IceBlow by Sylvain Hittelet
Mobile Portal Emitter by Keith Miron
Pitbull Shotgun by Arn “ShadowBlade” Richert and Nolan “Dark Carnivour” Richert of Runestorm
RealWeapons (for the AK-47, Chainsaw, and MP-5) by John “bez” Beswick
SNOT Launcher by Justin
Thor Lightning Gun by Arn “ShadowBlade” Richert and Nolan “Dark Carnivour” Richert of Runestorm
Epic would like to recognize the following weapons with an honorable mention:
Ash Gravity Gun by Aaron “Charybdis” Ash
BattleTrans by Nico “BattleMode” de Vries
PunisherSix by Dave Neun
Epic will begin accepting submissions for Phase 2 of the $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest on September 30, 2008, and the entry deadline for Phase 2 is October 17, 2008. Participation in Phase 1 is not required for eligibility in Phase 2. Visit www.makesomethingunreal.com for more details on the contest.
About the $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest
In the all-new $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest, aspiring game developers create modifications (“mods”) for the PC version of Unreal Tournament 3 in a range of categories including levels, characters, weapons, game types, tools, vehicles and more. Winnings exceed well over $1 million in value, consisting of one coveted Unreal Engine 3 license as a grand prize in addition to other cash awards and prizes, including Intel® Software Development Products and Velocity Micro PCs based on the Intel® Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform with two Intel® Core™2 Extreme quad-core processors. The 2008 “$1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest” will be judged in four preliminary phases and a grand final. Judging began in June 2008 and will conclude, with the grand final prizes being awarded, in late 2009. For more information, visit www.makesomethingunreal.com.
About Unreal Tournament 3
Published by Midway, Unreal Tournament 3 marks the return of the world's premiere first-person shooter to the PC, and its debut on the Xbox 360™ and PLAYSTATION®3. Unreal Tournament 3 unleashes the full power of Unreal Engine 3, taking graphics, gameplay and challenge to a whole new level. Players engage in intense battles with other human players online, or against Unreal artificial intelligence that sets the industry standard. With the most powerful futuristic weapons and vehicles available, this is FPS action at its best! More information about Unreal Tournament 3 can be found online at www.unrealtournament3.com.
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for cutting-edge graphics and its best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 maintains those features while adding massive world support, multi-processor support, next-generation console optimizations, and one of the most mature tool pipelines in the industry. Unreal Engine 3's advanced toolset is designed specifically to accelerate developers' productivity for ultra-complex, next-generation content. Additional information on Unreal Engine can be obtained through the Unreal Technology Web site at www.unrealtechnology.com.
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its Unreal series, most recently shipping Unreal Tournament 3 for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360™. Epic’s breakthrough game, Gears of War, sold 5 million copies and won over 30 game of the year awards. The highly anticipated sequel, Gears of War 2, is scheduled for release on November 7, 2008. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the current holder and three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com.
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