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Epic Games President Mike Capps Retires
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Epic Games president Mike Capps has retired after 10 years with the company.

“My wife Julianne and I are very happy in Raleigh, and other than cleaning up baby barf, I don't have much planned,” wrote Capps in a blog post

“I might do some teaching, spend more time on creative writing, and maybe get more active with a few charities.”

Capps will remain on the Epic board of directors as he transitions into an advisory role.

“After dedicating a decade of my life to Epic, and with so many close friends here, it's impossible to just walk away,” he said. 

“I absolutely love this company. If you cut me, I think I probably bleed nanoblack and Imulsion. (Wow, just think about what mixing those would do…).

“Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney and other board members asked me to stay on the board, and I'm thrilled to do so as I'm truly excited about our future games and Unreal Engine 4.” 

In Capps’ absence VP of Development Paul Meegan and VP of Operations John Farnsworth will step up.

Capps isn’t the first high-profile figure to leave the company in recent months. Design director Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski left in October and Gears of War franchise boss Rod Fergusson left for Irrational Games in August.

Epic Games is currently working on a number of games, including Fortnite and Gears of War: Judgment, which  is a collaboration with Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly.


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Comment #1 by Jesseeh
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 04:39:06 AM
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Everyone is leaving from EPIC...
Rod, Cliff and now Mike. :(

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Comment #2 by ASSASSIN STEEL
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 05:00:13 AM
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Can u blame them gears 1&2 were the only best ones 3 was only good for the story i would leave i might get thumbs down but don't care lol

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Comment #3 by linktriforce007
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 05:09:20 AM
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And yet they can still give 4 separate dlcs out for pre-order bonuses. That's an idea they need to get rid of, not keep going with.

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Comment #4 by Conquisidor
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 05:09:41 AM
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@2 Thumbs up from me mate. I agree , 3 was pitiful. Instashotgun wins.

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Comment #5 by Hagane
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 05:42:42 AM
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Rod, Clifford, the PCF director, and now another one bites the dust... :/

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Comment #6 by WilloftheDead
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:00:14 AM
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Gears helped shape games into what we all know and love if this generation, its a shame to see so much talent walk away from the business. It's even more sad to think what must be happening at EPIC to make these guys want to get the hell out of Dodge!

Good luck to all of them anyways!

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Comment #7 by Caramel Cardinal
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:02:22 AM
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epic's next full game (after fortnite) will be shit, there's hardley any senior people left at epic now

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Comment #9 by deluxnugs
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:25:40 AM
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@2 & @4 i agree except i think they fukd it on the 2nd game. ive never been back since then. they sold us a game that was no more than an Ureal Engine tech demo. i hated it from the first day.

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Comment #10 by Akatsuki Sensor
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:35:58 AM
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Goodbye, Epic. It was a helluva ride.

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Comment #11 by Mittens2317
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:39:44 AM
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I remember when Yu Suzuki stepped into an "advisory role". One of the final nails in Shenmue's coffin. Basically it's just a token position to keep legendary directors/designers out of the way without pissing off the fans too much.

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Comment #12 by HalfEVILmonkey
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 06:52:19 AM
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Bye Bye Epic. Good riddance.

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Comment #13 by Darkforce412
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 08:30:05 AM
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dam 3 important ppl r gone epic is in trouble.

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Comment #14 by bigp 6
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 08:55:32 AM
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Im starting to think we wont see GOW 4...either that or PCF will take it over & ruin it

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Comment #15 by bigbear2face
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 09:46:19 AM
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I find it hard to believe that the developers of one of the most influential and widely used engines in the industry will "die".

Sure their gaming division may suffer because of all the people leaving but the majority of Epic's income comes off licensing the Unreal Engine and as far as I know most of the programmers involved with designing and developing that are still with the company...

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Comment #16 by Legend Xz
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 10:03:34 AM
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I love how people think when someone leaves a development team it means something is "wrong". People move on, they quit, get fired etc. It is not a sign of a company failing at all. It gives a chance for other people to step up and offer something new. I really find it stupid to say a company will die just because some major people leave. There is still plenty of talent there who are you to say what they will or will not accomplish.

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Comment #17 by XoNiNjAlEoNoX
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 12:52:54 PM
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next they're gonna rename themselves to Not So Epic Games

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Comment #18 by Ultimo Godzilla
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 01:23:53 PM
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If only Activision and Treyarch would go under.....

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Comment #19 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 01:50:50 PM
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Good for him, if I had as much money I would start enjoying my life a little too. Sadly I never will have as much money as either of them that left recently. I wish someone went back to drawing board and did squel to Unreal. Not the MP version, but original game from 90's. That could be next big thing form Epic for sure=)

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Comment #20 by Belmont360
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 08:08:39 PM
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Sad to hear....Epic falling apart in a hurry. Don't take this hard since the GOW franchise was going downhill anyways. Sound crazy but I thought gow3 was disappointing.

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Comment #21 by Belmont360
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 @ 08:13:44 PM
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you're right but there are some cases where development teams do fall apart. For example look what happened to Capcom with Resident Evil franchise or Team Ninja with Ninja Gaiden. Both lost their key director/producer and went downhill ever since.

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Comment #22 by MacMiller
Thursday, December 06, 2012 @ 04:51:49 AM
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@2 Thumbs up from me man. The franchise is just getting worse, sadly:(

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