Change is in the air for Epic Games. Current and former members of the studio report that fans should expect more titles like Paragon and Fortnite, as opposed to expensive campaign driven games like Gears of War that made Epic Games famous.

“The economics of those games forces developers to work with major publishers to succeed, and that seems to be irreversible,” CEO Tim Sweeney said of the big-budget games that the company is now shying away from.

This change began after the release of Gears of War: Judgment. Unforeseen development costs made Epic recognize and embrace the dynamic multiplayer releases trend, trying to conform to the players needs. Tim Sweeney recognized the profit in games like Ark: Survival Evolved which used the Unreal Engine. Ark was made into a smash hit after only nine months of development. Using this approach would cut development costs down while profits would almost reach triple A title earnings.

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Gears of War Judgment

“We realized that the business really needed to change its approach quite significantly,” Sweeney said. “We were seeing some of the best games in the industry being built and operated as live games over time rather than big retail releases.”

“We recognized that the ideal role for Epic in the industry is to drive that,” he said, “and so we began the transition of being a fairly narrow console developer focused on Xbox to being a multi-platform game developer and self publisher, and indie on a larger scale.”

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Paragon

This new phase for Epic Games will develop many more community driven titles like Paragon, Fortnite, and the recreation of Unreal Tournament as well as numerous smaller titles. Each with the dynamic release in mind. This means these games will be released unfinished and continue to change post launch, much like Destiny. Talk of virtual reality projects are also in the works.

  • malbhet

    This company can go down just like Lionhead Studios if they actually believe that F2P multiplayers are the future, because people still want their single player focused, horror, survival, rpgs and/or action and/or adventures, crafting, story driven, open world, and campaigns! Epic will be the next company to go under if they believe their own BS, and nobody will take notice or even care if they do!
    FYI F2P games have been around for years, single player and/or offline games are still thriving to this very day, because gamers love to go back and play old titles! You can’t do that with online only games if these companies decide to pull a dick move, like Blizzard, and shut down servers in hopes to force fans to their other servers, or shut all servers down because that game doesn’t have enough players over a course of time!

    They are only doing this because they seen how well Ark has done, so they think they can do it better, but little do these idiot AAA companies realize is that games, like Ark, had great ideas, inspiration, and, most importantly, talented hungry indie devs with a lot of ideas and ambition driving them, and to this very day they are still pushing out new ideas and expansions just for that one game, rather then spewing out worthless season passes, microtansaction based garbage, and worthless dlc, like every AAA dev, before moving on to the next cash grab! The Ark devs actually care about their creation, like many other indie devs, and aren’t looking to push boring half baked ideas out the door in order to make greedy investers and publishers, like EA, Activision, WB, Ubisoft, Capcom, and Square Enix, happy with a profitable return on their investment, because they actually love making fun, new, video games that will be remembered for generations if done right, like how video games used to be before corporations came in snuffed out the fun and inspiration with their development crunch time, money, and quarterly profit charts!

    Epic games can go to hell!

    • Zack Harrington

      I strongly hear you! I game mostly by myself, only hitting online based games in my ‘down time’. If this is truly the only direction Epic is going to take then it is a sad day indeed. As for F2P games sure they are fun for a while. They just lack the depth a game needs to survive. Even in games like Ark (successful as it is) don’t stay interesting for long unless you mod it. I’ve played around 20 hours, it’s pretty, but I am completely done with it. I really really hope big time devs stop this nonsense we see in newer titles. I LOVED Destiny, even streamed it on Twitch for months, but as soon as the DLC started coming out I couldn’t continue. The way they are doing it will continue to turn a portion of gamers away. All we can hope is they see their error before it’s in literally every game.

      RIP Gears… You were so good to me..