The tragic collapse of 38 Studios last month left nearly 400 people out of work between 38 Studios and its subsidiary Big Huge Games. Luckily, thereÂs finally a port in the storm for some of the Big Huge Games faithful. Epic Games is setting up shop in Baltimore, MA, and it looks like theyÂre bringing a lot of the Big Huge Games team on-board to form an "impossible studio" nicknamed Epic Baltimore. In a letter to employees, Epic Games President Michael Capps discussed plans to create the new studio.
"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. :)"
According to The Verge, who reported the story earlier today, several of the former Big Huge Games team will be brought down to their studio in Cary, NC to begin work as contract employees while the impossible studio is in the works. While itÂs unclear how many of the team will be joining Epic, Capps did note that some have already taken up positions with Zynga and Zenimax Online Studios, but sources indicate that a significant portion of Big Huge Games will stay on for EpicÂs expansion into Baltimore.
Epic Baltimore will focus on a new action-RPG game in the vein of Kingdoms of Amalur. The good news here, a lot of developers get some much needed work.
Source: The Verge