Epic Games, the creators of the original Gears of War trilogy and Gears of War: Judgement, may never create another single-player game. This comes according to statements Epic Games’ CEO, Tim Sweeney made to Polygon. As a result, the studio hopes to make more free-to-play, multiplayer games such as Paragon and Fortnite, instead of big-budget, campaign-driven titles.
According to Sweeney, big-budget games aren’t in the studio’s future because “The economics of those games forces developers to work with major publishers to succeed, and that seems to be irreversible.”
After the release of Gears of War: Judgement, Epic Games began to see the future in dynamic multiplayer experiences. Rather than tying the studio to a relationship with a major publisher, Epic has adopted more of an indie vibe when it comes to the development of their titles.
“We realized that the business really needed to change its approach quite significantly,” he 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, 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.”
Rather than narrative-driven and character-centric games, Epic will focus its attention on multiplayer games such as Paragon and Fortnite. Epic Games is also set to release a new installment of the popular shooter, Unreal Tournament, in the future.
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