Naomi Kotler’s graduation game ‘Into the Black’ has been nominated for a Unity award in the ‘Best Student Project’ category. That’s pretty sweet, huh? Below is a reproduction of the press release that Andrew Oldbury (producer on ‘Into the Black’) and the School put together.
I should state that you still have time to vote! ‘Into the Black’, by the way, is the only UK based game in that category. It’s also worth pointing out that Naomi has, in comparison, has a very small team and has therefore done most of the design and development herself. That said, she will be the first to point out that the help of her team has been invaluable!
FILM SCHOOL STUDENTS HOPING FOR HOLLYWOOD GLORY
London, UK – 12th October 2016: Students at the UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) have been nominated for two awards, ‘Best Student Project’ and the ‘Golden Cube’ at the prestigious Unity Awards for their ambitious virtual reality game Into the Black.Into the Black is the only British game to be nominated in the ‘Best Student Project’ category.
The Unity Awards takes place in Los Angeles on the 1st November 2016 and is organised by Unity, the award-winning development platform for games and interactive 3D on the web, iOS, Android, consoles and beyond. The award winners will be chosen jointly by a panel of judges and the public who are able to vote for their favourite game in each category.
Into the Black was spotted after the students launched the first playable demo at the UK’s biggest games conference, EGX in September 2016. Whilst at the conference the game received overwhelmingly positive reviews from several media publications, which drew Unity’s attention to the game.
Commenting on the students’ success, NFTS Director, Nik Powell said: “All of us at the NFTS are knocked out by our students being nominated for not one but two Unity awards. This is an incredible achievement and we are very proud of all the hard work the students and tutors have put in to make our Games Design and Development MA one of the best.”
Designer-Developer, Naomi Kotler, who created Into the Black said: “It’s an honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award, especially at this stage of our careers and amongst so many other fantastic games.”
Into the Black is an immersive, third person, virtual reality adventure about teamwork, instinct and survival. Set during the infamous wildfires at Yellowstone National Park. The player assumes the role of a spirit guide sent to help a red fox and grizzly bear, who have been thrown together during the chaos of the wildfire and need the player’s guidance to help them escape the perils of the inferno and reach safety.
Only by working together will they survive the long road ahead and stand any chance of being re-united with their families. Along the way they will be tested to their limits as their world is consumed by flames, the fire has put Yellowstone out of balance and forced a mass migration into the hunting grounds of the Druid Wolf pack. As these fearsome predators descend upon their fleeing prey, another lurks in the darkness. Man has come, full of cruelty and bad intention, seeking to turn this disaster into opportunity. If you and your companions are to survive you will need to rely on each other and leave everything behind as you journey into the black.
Into the Black is one of several graduation projects to be created as part of the ground-breaking MA in Games Design and Development run by the NFTS. Previous games include A MAZE winner Pixel Ripped and The Sandman Project.
For more information and to apply for the NFTS Games Design and Development MA, please visit https://www.nfts.co.uk/our-courses/masters/games-design-development and for more information about Into the Black: www.facebook.com/IntotheBlackVR andwww.twitter.com/IntotheBlackVR