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Epic secures Fighting Fantasy titles for Unreal contest

Start-ups charged with creating iOS title based on classic fantasy books

Epic Games has secured the iOS rights to Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's choose-your-own adventure Fighting Fantasy books.

As part of the Make Something Unreal contest, the developer is tasking students to create a game based on one of four books from the series, with the winning title unveiled at The Gadget Show Live 2012.

"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. It will be really interesting to see how our IP will be captured and interpreted for the iOS platform," said Ian Livingstone, who is currently writing a new book in the series.

"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 teams, which have been chosen from the Train 2 Game and Epic Game Jam event, will use the Unreal Development Kit, adhere to IP guidelines and submit regular milestones to a panel of games vets including Tony Bickley of Deep Red Studios, Epic's Mike Gamble, AppCrowd founder Rik Alexander and Mediatonic's Pete Hickman.

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