Big Huge Games, the developers of Kingdom of Amalur, were in serious trouble after all the events that transpired recently surrounding 38 Studios, but Epic Games have come to their rescue.
“On Wednesday, the ex-BHG leadership team contacted us,” Epic president Mike Capps said. “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.”
It’s nice to see a big company like Epic Games reaching out to developers who lost their jobs recently. Mike Capps also mentioned that they will be revealing a lot more details on this soon.
“There’s a million things to work out. How many of the team can we hire? What will it be called? What will they be working on? We don’t know all the answers yet. Please give us some time to figure it out; we hope to have more to share soon,” he said.
“Epic’s in a situation where we can do this, and it very clearly fits with our company values, so we’re going to give it a whirl.”
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