We've just got word that Epic has teamed up with online college and game jam host Train2Game for the upcoming Make Something Unreal Live event which puts four startup studios against each other to create a game using the Unreal Engine. These sort of competitions seem to happen with reasonable regularity, but what makes this one more interesting to us than most is two things: First off, all of the games will be specifically developed for the iOS platform. Secondly, Epic has licensed the Fighting Fantasy IP.

Fighting Fantasy is a series of game books which are also available on the App Store. We've posted about these game books in the past, and they're really clever works of interactive fiction that work great on iOS devices. We've been told that the games these studios will be working on are going to be 3D adaptations to these books, and need to stay faithful to the original IP, which sounds like an interesting challenge.

The four games will be revealed on April 10th, and while I can only speculate what the quality of each of the games will be, it's really cool seeing Epic hosting these challenges with iOS specifically in mind.

  • Santiago Ontanon

    Owww... When I read the title I got excited thinking this was about "Fighting Fantasy" (the classic arcade game by Data East)... it turns out it's not... :(

  • http://twitter.com/coolpowers Simon Windmill

    Oh wow, I have LOTS of love and nostalgia for Fighting Fantasy. My mum and I used to treat it as more of a traditional RPG, she'd read out the books to me like a DM.

    It'd be great to take part in this but there's a reason my games have limited art design :P

  • Anonymous

    This sounds a lot like the Warlock of Firetop Mountain game that came out for DS a couple years back. It was pretty good. It was done by Big Blue Bubble, just like all the iOS Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, but the gameplay was like a lightweight Elder Scrolls game rather than a gamebook.

    • Anonymous

      I had forgotten that!!! It looked really nice!!! Reminded me a bit of Ultima Underworld.

      At first I wondered why they would want to remake books with Unreal Engine, but then I read your comment and it became very clear. I cannot wait to see the outcome of this.

  • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

    They could do some things like Deathtrap Dungeon (Playstation) with this!

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  • http://dustofhue.com Leon Chia

    Great news for gamebook and FF fans. But, I sincerely wish that the developers do NOT pick Warlock of Firetop Mountain to start with. EVERY physical reprint of the books series, new line of games/apps involving an FF revival has "reprinted" this book ad nauseum. I personally had had enough of the warlock. We FF fans do not need to reread this book again. It would be really nice if some other books are revived instead, such as Vault of the Vampire or Deathmoor. Or for that matter - Sorcery!

  • Anonymous

    Glad to read all your responses to this, we are one of the teams taking part in this competition. If you would like more info as and when we can make it public please follow us on twitter @Indigojamgames:twitter  of like our face book page Indigo Jam Games.