Upcoming Unreal Engine E4 Games are Mostly New IP, Says Epic
Written Tuesday, January 28, 2014 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Epic Games has said that most of the games in development using its Unreal Engine 4 tech are new properties.
That’s according to EU territory manager Mike Gamble, who told Edge that UE4 is being licensed by numerous publishers and developers, and that the split between the new properties and established franchises is, "at least 50/50 - if not 70/30 in favour of new stuff”.
"There haven't really been any announcements of the games still under wraps [that use UE4],” said Gamble. “As soon as they start going live, then you'll see suddenly see that we're everywhere again.”
"You'll be thoroughly sick of us."
This will all kick off, says Gamble, with an announcement at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco this March. What that game will be, who will make it and what platforms it will hit, however, are currently unknown.
As for a true generational leap in the quality of graphics on the new consoles, Gamble reckons that we’ll start seeing massive improvements by the end of 2014.
“It’ll happen this year, toward the Christmas period,” he said. “Knowing the games that are in development, there are some crackers. The first quarter of 2015 is also where a lot of them seem to be aiming. This year there seems to be a lot of cross-gen, but that’s publishers and developers being safe, isn’t it? It’s still a good revenue stream.”
Yesterday, it was revealed that Epic has sold the rights to Gears of War to Microsoft, with Black Tusk taking over development of future games. Former series producer Rod Fergusson, who recently helped Irrational Games complete and ship BioShock Infinite, will help oversee the series.
In response to the move, former lead designer Cliff Bleszinski has said that while he believes Gears is in good hands, he won’t be consulting on the project. Speaking on is personal blog, Bleszinski said, "I'm not going to move to Vancouver and work on it. I’m not going to consult on it."
"My headspace is in the future now, not the past. I have come to realize that until you give people something new to focus on they will obsess about the past. (good problem to have!)
"To those of you who love Gears, I love you as well, and I appreciate your support through the years. The fandom, the cosplay, the tattoos, it all means more than any amount of money could ever mean. These recent events have steeled my resolve to make something entirely new."
"To be honest, I don't think the franchise could be in better hands. Heck, Rod's Twitter handle, to this day, is Gears Viking. Gears is just as much Rod's baby as it was mine. He'll take good care of her.”
Bleszinski continued, "Phil Spencer [Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios] went out of his way to give me a phone call to inform me of the transaction last week. Phil, you didn't have to do that, you're a gentleman. I appreciate it; that goes a long way. 343 knocked it out of the park with Halo and I think Black Tusk will do a fantastic job with Gears."