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USC Games wins back-to-back Ones to Watch award

Sundown, a stealth game in which players compete in total darkness, brings early success to USC team

For the second year in a row, a USC Games project has won the Ones to Watch award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts ceremony celebrating new talent and innovation in the games industry.

Mild Beast Games — a team of USC students that includes Aaron Hong, Mac Goldwhite, Cynthia Cantrell, Grace May and Theodore Park — took home the award for Sundown, a fast and frantic multiplayer stealth shooter game.

Players fight in complete darkness, using various sources that emit bursts of light to illuminate their path.

Last year’s winner was Chambara, which is expected to be released for multiple platforms following a successful Xbox One demonstration at this year’s Game Developers Conference. Chambara will be among the first titles to be released under the newly launched USC Games Publishing label.

“We’re so very proud and excited for the Sundown team and what they’ve accomplished,” said Professor Tracy Fullerton, director of USC Games and chair of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ Interactive Media & Games Division. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to be recognized by such an important organization as BAFTA. We can’t wait to see where the team goes next with this great game.”

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