DMU wins Off the Map competition

October 24, 2013 by Crytek

DMU wins Off the Map competition

Pudding Lane Productions, a team of students from De Montfort University in Leicester, has won the prestigious Off the Map competition which turns historic maps from the British Library into realistic and detailed CRYENGINE scenery.

Supported by The British Library, GameCity, and our state-of-the-art CRYENGINE technology, participating teams and universities were allowed to choose three different maps as their inspiration: The Pyramids of Giza, Wiltshire’s Stonehenge, or London around the time of the Great Fire in 1666. Pudding Lane Productions chose the London map and were highly involved and concerned with achieving historic accuracy, something already showing in their first progress update. The team impressed the judges with its realism and attention to detail, showing the tightly packed streets and lanes of the capital city.


From left to right: Joe Dempsey, Dominic Bell, Luc Fontenoy, Daniel Hargreaves, and Daniel Peacock, with Chelsea Lindsay, front center.

Although the team members had previous concerns about achieving the right atmosphere within their level, the final piece is truly a work of art. “The haze effect lying over the city is brilliant,” says Tom Harper, panel judge and curator at the British Library. “Great attention has been given to key features of London, complete with glittering window casements and other atmospheric cues.”

“I’m really proud of our group and the amount of effort we all put into this project,” says Chelsea Lindsay, team leader and student at DMU. “We decided unanimously that the London project had the most potential for our group to flourish in. Most of us feel a lot more confident about the industry and working with the engine than we did before it all started. Everyone was on top form in the past couple of months to pull the level together, and we’re all incredibly proud and happy with the final result.”


A still from Pudding Lane showing the incredible attention to detail and sceneric cues such as the market stalls.

The primary objective of the competition is to inspire innovation among students and merge rich visual sources from the past with CRYENGINE technology. “Off the Map has given students in the UK a chance to discover the power of CRYENGINE first-hand,” says Carl Jones, Crytek’s Director of Business Development. “The winning entry points to a bright future for the industry and underscores the fact that the engine is not only setting new standards for blockbuster games, but is also accessible and intuitive for those taking their first steps into development.”

Pudding Lane Productions’ final 3D fly-through can be seen below: