Three new Epic games incoming as Unreal Engine 4 looks to define a new generation | Edge


Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has countered the suggestion that Epic is moving away from game development by confirming the existence of three new games in the works at the developer.

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Convas2098d ago (Edited 2098d ago )

“You’ll see lots of triple-A stuff coming out over time. The industry’s changing – this generation it seems like there are about a third of the number of triple-A titles in development across the industry as there was last time around – and each one seems to have about three times the budget of the previous generation. I think we’re heading towards a future where triple-A is the minority.”

WAT. Going to be an interesting generation indeed. Think about this. If in 2007, there were 60-90 AAA games planned out for (and this may be too generous an estimation) say the next 5-6 years each with an average budget of say 30 Million dollars ...

... that means now, in 2014, there are 20-30 AAA games planned for the next 5-6 years, each with an average budget of 90 Million dollars.

So publishers are now even LESS likely to take creative risks.

In other news, those that hate indies are going to be in for a bad time. Hopefully mid-tier "AA" games make a return this generation (on console that is, it's alive and well on PC) ...

Abash2098d ago

"This generation it seems like there are about a third of the number of triple-A titles in development across the industry as there was last time around – his generation it seems like there are about a third of the number of triple-A titles in development across the industry as there was last time around "

Its because publishers had little faith in next gen consoles before they were announced and hit the shelves. Now they see that the PS4 has sold 7 million in a matter of months on the Xbox One has old sold a few million so the development of way more AAA games will start now or in the near future

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Panthers2098d ago

I hate this split between AAA and Indie. Why is it so hard for Publishers to put faith in smaller budget titles. Not indies but not AAA. If publishers still had an eye for talent and innovation then we could have more middle budget titles, some of which could be game changing.

I just miss the PS2 days when there were hundreds of titles to choose from and developers had more free reign over their projects.

Retroman2098d ago (Edited 2098d ago )

if ps4 will capture ps2 days Sony got to make more than AAA games. indies,rpg,action adventure,beat'em up's, shoot 'em ups........etc.

as Panther said: ps2 days had hundreds of titles to choose from.

MazzingerZ2097d ago

I don't think I even played a 1/3 of those called AAA games nor think I'm alone in that one so this might just be a consequence of not succeeding in milking a franchise within a short period of time or just trying to sell via hyping a game.

Not really worried, It might be åositive as might give us higher average quality per AAA game.

PS4 is the reborn of PS2 and its ease to get engines going for porting and cost effective development times gave us many jewels which are tomorrows AAA games, so no worries, there will be enough great games to choose from.

Muzikguy2097d ago

I saw something like this coming. All those "AAA" games doesn't mean they were even good. Of course there are going to be lots of games when one franchise has like 10 games by itself. All this means is devs need to get more creative. Go back to exploring genres left behind. Bring out RPGs! I think this whole thing is more to blame on publishers searching for that "COD $".

@Panthers I completely agree +1

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CrowbaitBob2098d ago

To hate "indies" is to hate games.

hello122098d ago (Edited 2098d ago )

Indies are fine but dont stop making AAA games. Sony is a more friendly to indies and is looking to have a 50/50 ratio of indies and AAA games on the Ps4, as it stands now.

Microsoft is looking for more AAA games.

Epic claiming AAA games will be less available in the future, the minority. For me is the wrong direction and seems to me Sony and Epic are pushing for this future within gaming.

scott1822098d ago (Edited 2098d ago )

Agreed, Sony is doing a fantastic job of attracting awesome and creative indie devs to the PlayStation to greatly increase value, and also delivering the AAA titles everyone loves from first party devs. This year looks great for releases and E3 is going to be exciting.

sAVAge_bEaST2098d ago

Exactly games, are games.

“As these triple-A games are seeing fewer releases then the empty spaces in between are being filled by indie projects of all scales,” he adds. “They’re really being developed in a completely new way – rather than being built over a very long period of time and then released with a massive marketing campaign, you’re seeing a Kickstarter and then preview versions becoming available that are incrementally improved over time. It’s a really interesting time for the industry.”

kickerz2098d ago

I like AAA indies (^_^)

Utalkin2me2098d ago

Not only are Indie titles great for being creative. It's the base work of where people have to start to move forward in gaming.

Clown_Syndr0me2097d ago

A good game is a good game regardless of developer/budget.
Except for Outlast I'm yet to see a good indie on PS4 or X1.
Feel free to disagree, this is just my opinion after all.

levian2097d ago

I don't hate all indies. Most just don't offer what I like in a game. So far the only indie games I really like (if any can be called indie, I don't know) are Terraria, Dungeon Defenders and State of Decay.

Indies may be fun for most, but I'm not into platformers much anymore. When I first heard about indie games, my first reaction was "So people are paying for Flash games now?". For about 70% of the indie games I've seen, that still seems to be the case

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abstractel2098d ago (Edited 2098d ago )

It's BS that there's less triple A games this generation. There's just a lot more indies than there were.

And triple A budgets don't have three times the budget, that's BS too. Look at Infamous and Suckerpunch. They still have the same relatively small team they had on Infamous 2 and pushed out an amazing triple A title with Second Son.

If anything, I think you are going to see more and more indies with better graphics than before due to the tools being so much more evolved compared to last generation.

Prime1572098d ago

It's our fault as gamers. Games like fuse and remember me that don't score and sell that well are disappearing in favor of the safe games. Yearly iterations and sequelitis are the big money makers anymore.


levian2097d ago

I didn't like Remember Me at all. A short game with generic combat made a boring experience. I got past the one memory altering scene (which I found awesome as hell, they should have made it a puzzle game about that exclusively) but I didn't make it much farther that that. A good story does not make a good game, it makes a good movie or book.

We have literally no choice in the matter, unless we start a massive petition. It's not like all gamers are going to stop buying all AAA games to prove a point. We'd be left dry of games. No Watch Dogs, Dark Souls, Destiny or The Division, no Halo, Kingdom Hearts... I just can't do it.

I'm all for signing a petition and making my voice heard though. Less 1st person shooters! More variety! How about you stop spending $30 million on games that are getting shorter and shorter in gameplay every year?

Locknuts2098d ago

I didn't see that coming. It's true though. There are so few games pushing the graphics/open world envelope beyond what could be done on the PS360. It's just getting too expensive I guess.

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Septic2098d ago

Yes it must! We need a hardcore arena fps!!

frostypants2098d ago

@Septic, didn't Cliff B. recently say he's working on a hardcore arena shooter as we speak?

randomass1712098d ago

You never know! That may still come somewhere down the line. I'm honestly surprised they didn't announce that or another Quake.

Clown_Syndr0me2097d ago

Did you play UT3? That was possibly one of the worst games of last gen.

Negative772097d ago

In your opinion. It actually played extremely well. It didn't sell well, but to call it one of the worst games of last gen is just completely off.

Clown_Syndr0me2097d ago

@Negative77 I don't know what he you played, but I found it played terribly. There was just nothing good about it. I was used to the old PC versions.

KwietStorm2098d ago

So basically they're not making anything Epic "like," but rather a handful of smaller games while they continue to love off engine licenses. And still no UT.

etownone2098d ago

Can't waits for next gen Gears using UE4

Sevir2098d ago

likely wont. considering that Black Tusk is using proprietary technology. They'll replicate the look and feel but not from importing a middleware.

xx4xx2098d ago

It likely will considering the recent job postings this week. It will also use DX12.
(Easy Internet search can show that)

Additionally, as part of the sale of Gears, Epic will be providing assistance withe engine during production.

elhebbo162098d ago

I rather have a new UT, gears is getting saturated (not saying I wouldn't want a new one just not now).

spicelicka2097d ago

Well firstly there's no 'rather'. Gears won't be made by Epic so they can come out at the same time for all we know.

And Gears won't be coming for another 2-3 years, so you don't need to worry about that. I can't wait when they show it, i really hope it pulls off what the first gears pulled off.

UT is practically dead now, which is unfortunate, I would really like to see a new UT game too. But I doubt Epic is gonna work on it anytime soon.

etownone2097d ago

I agree UT is dead.

Gears... I know I'm not alone when I say I'm looking forward to the next Gears.

I know MS will do their best to make it a AAA, just like Halo 4 proved.

The Meerkat2098d ago

I really like the style of Rime.

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