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Epic Games, the creators of the Gears of War franchise, Infinity Blade and Unreal Tournament, recently announced that they could be making a new IP in the near future, but it appear that they had more up their sleeve. Epic is confirmed to be working on five new games, none of which are Gears related. Mike Capps, president of Epic Games (not Cliffy B) recently spoke about the future of the company at the GDC Europe keynote audience.
“At Epic we didn’t multiply the studio size by five when we started
working on these multiple projects, so you can make some assumptions
about the size of those projects,” Capps told the audience, when asked
about spiraling development costs for AAA console titles.
what does that mean exactly? Due to the success of Shadow Complex and
Infinity Blade, titles that have far less risky prospects unlike the
Epic’s AAA games, Epic wants to retap that wealth by hitting the
handheld market. So when Epic announces five games, their better
question should be, how many of those games are for the handheld
“Everyone knows the middle class is disappearing from the console
business. Gears of War, I hope will do really well, but a pretty good
game doesn’t make its money back any more. A game like Homefront sells a
couple of million copies and they close the studio, right? That’s not
enough any more. That’s pretty depressing. You don’t want to
see what happens to an industry where it’s Call of Duty, Halo and Gears
and no-one else has enough money to make any games any more. That’s not
a fun industry. I can’t bet my entire company every time I make a game, that’s a really dangerous business,” Capps added.