Epic Is Making Some Big Huge NewsRecently displaced staff going to come under the helm of Epic Games.06.03.12 - 6:51 PM
Epic Games President Michael Capps just made a post
that's likely to make a lot of developers - and gamers - very happy. Epic is now planning on creating a studio in Baltimore, Maryland staffed by many of the folks who were associated with Big Huge Games.
Per the post, "On Wednesday, the ex-BHG leadership team contacted us. They wanted to start a new company and keep together some of the key talent displaced by the layoff, and hoped that they could use an Epic IP as a starting point for a new game. We loved that they all wanted to keep working together, but it was pretty clear they’d have trouble building a demo and securing funding before their personal savings ran out.
In one of life's coincidences, Epic's directors had spent the morning discussing how we’d love to build even more successful projects with our growing team, but that we’d need a dramatic infusion of top talent to do so. Which, we all knew, was impossible.
So now we’re planning to start an impossible studio in Baltimore."
There's still a lot of things in the air - how many people they can bring on, what the studio will be named, and how long it will take things to get up and running. It's also unknown what property the Big Huge Games crew wants to work on. Knowing their history as a strategy developer, though, my guess is Age of Wonders.
Regardless of whatever title comes out of this new Epic studio, it's good to hear that some of the names behind Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will find a new home.