Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Epic Games Finally Working on a PC Exclusive Game

By - Source: Joystiq | B 36 comments

Is Epic making a return to the Unreal franchise?

This past weekend at PAX East, Epic Games creative lead Cliff Bleszinski and president Mike Capps revealed during a panel discussion that the studio is currently working on a PC exclusive. Capps actually teased the audience by using the word "might," but Bleszinski later clarified that Epic is indeed working on the unnamed title.

However after the panel, Capps verified with Joystiq that development is definitely underway, and so far the plan is to keep it a PC platform exclusive. Typically "PC exclusive" points to casual and/or social gaming, but perhaps Epic is finally heading home after making the console sector its primary (bread winner) focus for almost an entire decade.

Unfortunately, little else is known about the project. The last shooter stemming from the studio was Bulletstorm, but that was actually developed by People Can Fly which Epic purchased back in 2007. The subsidiary originally crashed the PC gaming scene with Painkiller back in 2004, published by DreamCatcher and inspired by the likes of DOOM and Quake.

So what was the last real PC exclusive produced by Epic? Unreal and the Return to Na Pali expansion pack? Nope. Even Unreal Tournament initially started out on the PC, but was eventually ported over to consoles. It seems that Unreal Tournament 2004 is listed as one of the last desktop exclusives, published by Atari and landing on the PC, Linux and Mac OS X.

Does this mean Epic may return to the Unreal universe? It would be nice to have a third installment developed internally given that Unreal 2: The Awakening (2003), developed by Legend Entertainment, received average-ranking reviews (75.49-percent). The original Unreal is a classic despite some of the multiplayer issues it experienced after launching in the late 1990s.

Discuss
Ask a Category Expert

Create a new thread in the News comments forum about this subject

Example: Notebook, Android, SSD hard drive

This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 20 Hide
    CaedenV , April 10, 2012 12:16 PM
    most of us don't care if it is a PC exclusive. Just design the game for the PC first, and then dumb it down for the consoles. It is designing things for the consoles first that makes games suck on the PC.
  • 19 Hide
    amk-aka-Phantom , April 10, 2012 9:52 AM
    I don't want a "PC exclusive". I just want them to develop for PC first and foremost!
  • 15 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , April 10, 2012 9:47 AM
    Hopefully we can replace the joke, "But...can it run Crysis?" with "But...can it run ?"

    Anyone else tired of crap console ports?
Other Comments
    Display all 36 comments.
  • 10 Hide
    tomfreak , April 10, 2012 8:41 AM
    Hopefully can beat BF3, modded crysis 1 graphics.
  • 11 Hide
    giovanni86 , April 10, 2012 8:42 AM
    If they return to the PC i really want another UT. Although i will say Unreal 2: the awakening was pretty amazing at the time when i first played it. It took my PC almost a decade just to load into the menu, but it was breath taking. Hope whatever comes its something that will really stick to being an exclusive and really hope its a true sequel if it is UT like the original UT99
  • -8 Hide
    mrpijey , April 10, 2012 8:54 AM
    I sure don't want an another braindead multiplayer fragfest like Unreal Tournament, I'd like a new Unreal with a compelling story and updated graphics. Enough with the social multiplayer junk, the absolute maximum I can go with multiplayer is co-op.
  • 12 Hide
    alidan , April 10, 2012 8:56 AM
    till Cliff Bleszinski is either fired, or leaves, i wont touch epic games games (im seperateing studio form engine).

    i dont like him, mike is tollarable, when ever he talked about about piracy, he just said it changed the buissness model, and it did.

    cliff is quoted saying to an effect anyone who builds a pc pirates and eff them, they don't get my games.
  • 4 Hide
    alidan , April 10, 2012 8:58 AM
    mrpijeyI sure don't want an another braindead multiplayer fragfest like Unreal Tournament, I'd like a new Unreal with a compelling story and updated graphics. Enough with the social multiplayer junk, the absolute maximum I can go with multiplayer is co-op.


    i would love a mindless and highly skill based cqb unreal like game, thats my favorite multiplayer style game
  • 7 Hide
    Darkerson , April 10, 2012 9:43 AM
    Yeah, Cliffy B is an arrogant prick. He pretty much talks out his ass ALL the time. Every time I see him being quoted somewhere, I tend to get a violent twitch.
    At any rate, I would like to see a new Unreal Tournament. I played the hell out of the 1st one and UT2K4 and I still fire them up from time to time just for a nostalgic kick. I was sad that the last one sort of bombed. Anyway, Im curious to see what they have planned, as long as its not like Gears of War...
  • 12 Hide
    Swolern , April 10, 2012 9:44 AM
    OMFG give us "Samaritan" graphics!!! Make my 680SLI rig beg for mercy!
  • 15 Hide
    JOSHSKORN , April 10, 2012 9:47 AM
    Hopefully we can replace the joke, "But...can it run Crysis?" with "But...can it run ?"

    Anyone else tired of crap console ports?
  • 19 Hide
    amk-aka-Phantom , April 10, 2012 9:52 AM
    I don't want a "PC exclusive". I just want them to develop for PC first and foremost!
  • 4 Hide
    Parsian , April 10, 2012 10:08 AM
    PC only could also mean, Free 2 Play!. I hope, they are not talking about F2P.
  • 3 Hide
    billybobser , April 10, 2012 10:50 AM
    wishfully thinking they are temporarily abandoning consoles in protest to the lack of any movement hardware wise.

    I still think they should just sell a standardised PC instead of a console, then there wouldn't be huge issues with this porting business.
  • 6 Hide
    atikkur , April 10, 2012 10:58 AM
    better be unreal engine 4.0 with samaritan like graphics that scalable from medium to entusiast class with unique and fresh gameplay that guaranted to be fun and dont forget to distribute it to steam also. i''l buy it.
  • 4 Hide
    lowenz , April 10, 2012 11:08 AM
    Remake first Unreal+ (corrected)Expansion :D 
  • 2 Hide
    Murissokah , April 10, 2012 11:57 AM
    Hell... It's about time.
  • 20 Hide
    CaedenV , April 10, 2012 12:16 PM
    most of us don't care if it is a PC exclusive. Just design the game for the PC first, and then dumb it down for the consoles. It is designing things for the consoles first that makes games suck on the PC.
  • 2 Hide
    kingius , April 10, 2012 12:31 PM
    Keep it on physical media as well, with the option to buy digitally, and you'll be onto a winner, Epic.
  • 1 Hide
    ddg4005 , April 10, 2012 12:35 PM
    I won't care until the title is announced and, depending on what it is, I still may not care.
  • 5 Hide
    eklipz330 , April 10, 2012 1:11 PM
    It's really sad that such a capable engine is not being put to its optimal use. PC would be able to handle the UNREAL engine magnificently, but any game we get with that engine is usually just a shitty port.

    If Unreal made better games, and priced them accordingly AND competitively [hint hint to all developers, it's still a competition knuckle heads] piracy effects would be non-existent. Some people who pirate the game never even have the intention of purchasing it, so that isn't a lost sale. Some people just don't want to fork over $60 for a mild experience. Like I always say, if all games were sold at $30 retail, +/- $5 depending on quality, the industry would be in much better health, and the used game sector would be way smaller. Gamestop used games is $27 if a new one is $30 [usually]. That's just not enough to justify a Used game most of the time
  • 6 Hide
    sporkimus , April 10, 2012 1:30 PM
    I miss the days of mindless fragging on UT...
  • 1 Hide
    alidan , April 10, 2012 1:30 PM
    john_4Want to bet it is a MMO

    an fpsmmo, not done often and when done right are great games.
Display more comments