A team of three students from University of South Wale (UK) have won a unique competition to design an immersive videogame inspired by the British Library collection of Gothic literature. The winning team created an underwater journey through Fonthill Abbey, the once-stunning Gothic revival country house in Wiltshire, which was demolished in 1846 after the collapse of its spectacular 300-foot tower twenty years earlier.

The Off The Map competition challenges higher education students based in the UK to create gaming software inspired by the British Library collections, using Crytek cutting edge real-time technology CRYENGINE.

The winning entry Nix created by three computer gaming students from the University of South Wales, challenges gamers to reconstruct the Abbey via a series of puzzles in a spooky underwater world. It uses Oculus Rift, a revolutionary virtual reality headset for 3D gaming, to enable the user to virtually explore the Abbey in its original splendour.

The winning entry:

The winner was announced at the annual GameCity9 videogame festival in Nottingham (UK) last night.