Jaws, Turok Included in Universal GameDev Challenge

Game developers can now pitch their ideas for games directly to Universal Studios.

By L.B. Lubomski

Image via Universal Studios

Universal Studios and Unity Technologies have teamed up to offer a GameDev challenge featuring a number of the studio's properties, including 1975's Jaws and Turok: Sons of Stone. The challenge, which is set to end on April 18th, will be judged by a panel featuring Dreamworks execuative producer Lauren Montgomery, GamesBeat lead writer Dean Takahashi, Back to the Future co-creator Bob Gale, and CEO of Geogrify Kate Edwards.

The panel will choose six finalists out of all the submissions to pitch their idea. One lucky grand prize winner will be chosen to have their game made along with a $150,000 cash prize plus a one-year consulting contract with Universal to help them turn your dream into digital reality. Runners-up will still get a cool $20,000 for their time and effort. The three other non-horror properties included in this contest are Voltron, Back to the Future, and Battlestar Galactica.

"This marks the first time that Universal is providing developers with an open invitation to create games based on some of its most popular films and television shows. Independent game developers will have a unique opportunity to work on NBCUniversal IP and share their creative vision.”

So, it is possible that we may get a cool new horror game out of the contest should Jaws or Turok be the winning idea. However, given the populairty of some of the other series included, it's less likely that our horror underdogs will pull through unless a studio out there comes up with a "killer" idea that the judge panel falls in love with.

Either way, I think this is an interesting way for a company to try and do something with their forgotten or dormant franchises. If by some stroke of luck horror prevails, we will let you know who the winner was. We at Dead Entertainment will keep our fingers crossed for a new Jaws game! We need an updated versions of Jaws Unleashed for the modern generation.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.

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