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Nope, Epic Still Isn't Working on New Unreal

By - Source: Forbes | B 27 comments

Epic's five new titles currently in the works doesn't include anything in the Unreal universe according to Mike Capps.

Unreal Tournament 3Unreal Tournament 3Tuesday Epic Games president Mike Capps said that the studio currently isn't working on anything new in the Unreal universe, shooting down rumors that one of the five new titles currently in development may be the third installment to the original Unreal series.

"Unreal and Unreal Tournament continue to have a huge influence on the studio here, even though we’re not currently working on an Unreal IP project," he admitted to Forbes. "Epic’s core game making philosophy of 'when everyone says it’s done, keep polishing!' came from our experiences with Unreal Tournament. That’s the beginning of our quality-focused studio DNA."

The interview goes on to talk about various things including the continuation of Gears of War now that the third installment is out the door. The series isn't finished on a business level, with novels, comic books, toys and whatnot still in the pipeline. He also talked a little about entering the mobile market and how Unreal Engine 3 has played a role in Epic's overall success.

"Our engine team and our game team work together so well," he said. "One of my proudest moments was at the Game Developers Conference awards, where I was able to accept the 'Best Visuals' award and thank the engine technology team for making the art possible… and then accept the 'Best Technology' award and thank the art team for making the tech look so good. I don’t see how a game like Gears or Infinity Blade could be so successful without that partnership."

"When we started working on Unreal Engine 3, we certainly never envisioned it running on a mobile device," he added. "Now that’s a major part of our technology business and our games business. "

To read the full two-page interview, head here.

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    captaincharisma , September 22, 2011 2:01 AM
    they still haven't made one better than the original
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    plznote , September 21, 2011 11:21 PM
    UNREAL!
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    wiinippongamer , September 21, 2011 11:41 PM
    nobody actually asked
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    bustapr , September 21, 2011 11:54 PM
    no real hurry for another unreal game. I really like the original IPs Epic makes, and they make good games. Want to see more new IPS.
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    samanosuke47 , September 22, 2011 12:06 AM
    Haha, yeah I don't thik anyone did ask. And I agree, there is no real hurry for another unreal game.
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    Kelavarus , September 22, 2011 12:55 AM
    BS. "When everyone says it's done, keep polishing?" Good gods, who in the world said Unreal Tournament 3 was done at the time it was then? Don't get me wrong, the game got some great updates and support later on, but out the door it was pretty terrible.
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    bustapr , September 22, 2011 1:11 AM
    KelavarusBS. "When everyone says it's done, keep polishing?" Good gods, who in the world said Unreal Tournament 3 was done at the time it was then? Don't get me wrong, the game got some great updates and support later on, but out the door it was pretty terrible.

    well having 1 bad game in their monstrous arsenal doesnt make their statement incorrect. And it wasnt a bad game in my opinion. all of their other games Ive played were much more polished than most good devs.
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    HPT , September 22, 2011 1:16 AM
    More interested in their engine development TBH....
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    proxy711 , September 22, 2011 1:52 AM
    HPTMore interested in their engine development TBH....

    QFT
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    captaincharisma , September 22, 2011 2:01 AM
    they still haven't made one better than the original
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    sunflier , September 22, 2011 2:35 AM
    Unreal Trounament was/is a fantastic FPS! The original is still the best IMO. In some ways they were ahead of their time. I miss my UTGOTY LAN parties.
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    DawnTreader , September 22, 2011 3:33 AM
    bustaprwell having 1 bad game in their monstrous arsenal doesnt make their statement incorrect. And it wasnt a bad game in my opinion. all of their other games Ive played were much more polished than most good devs.


    ah, one bad 1? Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal 2, bulletstorm, that is 3. monsterous? ah, Unreal, Unreal expansion, Unreal Tournament, UT2003, UT2004, UT3, GoW, GoW2, Bulletstorm, GoW3... 10 games. and those arent all made by Epic, some of them are farmed out.

    i think that Epic is sliding a slow slope from being Unreal to Irrelevant. the only thing keeping them in the game is the engine that so many other companies use to make games, and they have some really heavy competition there. Crytek, Source, Id Engine and a few others.

    i like the some of thier games, but i think Epic's attitude sucks.
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    CaedenV , September 22, 2011 5:21 AM
    I loved UT and UT2K4, but UT3 just wasn't fun. They fell for the whole 'realism' thing (or as real as unreal could get). No more ridiculous rag-doll physics when you died and your body bounced around the map. The weapons felt clunky, and the game play just did not feel fast and fun like the previous versions.
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    Spyker2041 , September 22, 2011 8:02 AM
    How about putting Gears of War 2 and 3 on PC!!!!!!
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    secolliyn , September 22, 2011 9:02 AM
    the only reason i ever played any of the Unreal games was because they are mindless shooters something i could go play when i am frustrated and just want to get into the game and kill something people find it more accepting when you kill on a video game and not in real life.......
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    cats_Paw , September 22, 2011 10:58 AM
    Epic.... they chose the name well, since they do Epic stuff!
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    thegr33k , September 22, 2011 11:12 AM
    'when everyone says it’s done, keep polishing!' They must have forgotten this bit when they released UT 3 beta as a finished product then spent 6 months messing about while it died because it was about as polished as the titanic is atm... Epic have sold out to the easy pickings that is console and now mobile. PC is too hard to get right because we dont take shit from them.
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    Mystre316 , September 22, 2011 11:31 AM
    Spyker2041How about putting Gears of War 2 and 3 on PC!!!!!!


    People don't put console games on PC anymore because 1. Too much effort. 2. not always as profitable as it seems. 3. the PC community will BITCH and MOAN about how bugged the game is despite the fact that the dev's were nice enough to put hard work into porting it (and then wonder why there was no support for it later on)

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    silverblue , September 22, 2011 2:04 PM
    sunflierUnreal Trounament was/is a fantastic FPS! The original is still the best IMO. In some ways they were ahead of their time. I miss my UTGOTY LAN parties.


    I remember those days. :)  Obviously not with you. ;) 

    I still remember the lead-up towards UT2003's release... Mark Rein was known for the phrase "Two weeks".
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    clonazepam , September 22, 2011 4:34 PM
    I wouldn't be surprised to see a Gears of War RTS... They need to stay on top of the engine though... it needs to keep progressing if they want to develop AAA titles in the shortest time possible. Oh and at least one game should not be allowed to be colored in various shades of brown.
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