Off The Map is a unique collaboration, an exciting invitation, a new kind of student competition.
GameCity is very excited to be hosting the most creative and inspiring competition ever to involve a museum collection and gaming, in conjunction with the British Library and Crytek.
Off The Map challenges budding designers to use the selected media from a choice of themes as inspiration to create an exciting explorable environment made using the power of Crytek’s free CRYENGINE® 3 SDK.
This year’s Off The Map competition accompanies the British Library’s forthcoming exhibition, Terror and Wonder: the Gothic Imagination. Curators from the British Library have selected maps, sounds, text, images, illustrations, and architectural plans, all with a suitably gothic theme.
Three themes have been chosen especially for the competition. The gothic splendour of Fonthill Abbey, Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Masque of the Red Death, and the seaside town of Whitby, which features in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
You can download asset packs full of reference materials curated by the British Library and read more about the chosen themes on their respective pages.
The British Library’s audio archive has supplied music, field recordings, and sound effects that are free for you to use in your project. Listen and download here:
All entries will be assessed by a panel of industry professionals and an overall winner will be announced in October 2014 at the GameCity 9 festival.
If you are a UK-based HE student, who is not already in full-time employment in the gaming industry, then it’d be delightful if you entered Off The Map.
Teams can be made up of up to 6 people, but there is no minimum. Single person entries are more than welcome.
Read the full Terms & Conditions here.