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New Epic IP "radically different", a "departure"
"We haven't been nervous like this for a while!"
The new IP from Gears of War developer Epic Games to be announced at the Spike Video Game Awards this weekend will be "radically different" and is intended to be a "departure" for the US studio, it has said.
Speaking to Eurogamer sister site GamesIndustry.biz, Epic president Mike Capps said some of the Gears of War development team needed to try something new.
"It's something radically different for us," he said. "New IP, new game. We're not really talking much about platform or anything like that, but I mentioned at GDCE Europe and my keynote there that we were working on a lot of new projects, and it's been really refreshing to the team to try some new things.
"We love Gears, it was a great trilogy, we've gotten a lot of great compliments and a lot of great fans, and we're still supporting Gears 3 very strongly, but I've got guys that have been on it since 2001, and some of them need a break and to try something new.
"So this is going to be one of those projects where we try something totally different, and it just went 'boom', because everyone had this pent up energy to do something new. And I can't wait for them to get back to something like Gears in the future, because it's sort of our bread and butter, and they're going to be more energised for it too."
Capps said Epic, which has a number of new games in the works, is "scared to death" of the fan reaction to the game.
"I'm so scared that people will just say, 'oh yeah, that looks like an Epic game, oh sure' because I want them to see it as a departure, but I don't want anyone to say, 'that doesn't look anything like an Epic game, forget it, I'm not interested.' So we're actually nervous, we haven't been nervous like this for a while!
"I'm nervous, this is something I pushed for a lot and I wrote some of the script for the trailer and if everyone hates it that's it, I'm out of games for a while."
While the platforms this new IP will launch on remain unannounced, we know it is not for the PlayStation Vita.
Capps said the company is employing a wait and see approach to the upcoming handheld before committing to making a game for it - despite making sure Unreal Engine 3 can run on it.
Epic founder Tim Sweeney took to the stage during Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference to demo a real-time Unreal Engine 3 preview running on Vita. Developers can license the game engine for Vita - indeed many already have.
But Epic itself is yet to commit.
"We're not currently making a Vita game," Capps said. "I'm not sure how well it's going to be accepted in our western market which is primarily where our games sell. It's a really cool platform, but I have a phone, and it's really hard to compete with that. So I'm not sure if it will be successful or not.
"I hope they are, it's good for the games industry, but we got our tech on it really early. We were, I think, one of the very first people to get one and work with it and we were on stage at the launch, because we have a lot of licensees who are curious about it and so we did the first part.
"But we can't really fully support that platform unless we're shipping our own games, that's how we know we know that platform, and it's really important for us to do that. And so with Vita we're not planning on shipping a game and so that means we're pretty honest with folks and say 'you can have the Vita code we've got but this is not the same as us having shipped on Xbox or iPhone'. It's the same business decision I think that anybody makes, is this a platform for me?"
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Epic to announce 'entirely new' game at VGAs
Cliff Bliszinski has jumped on the VGA teaser bandwagon with word of a new announcement from the Gears of War developer.
"While we've been busy supporting Gears of War and Infinity Blade, we've got something new for you," he said during a teaser trailer for this saturday's Spike event, seen below. "It's an entirely fresh, new experience we've been crafting here at our North Carolina studio," he added, holding back on any further hints.
The VGAs will be host to numerous announcements. A pair of very mysterious teaser videos for a new PlayStation 3 exclusive appeared online this weekend, ahead of a full unveiling at the VGAs.
Video of Cliff Bliszinski is at this link here
Furthermore will be revealed at VGA event.Anik bhai is non-stop rambling bout it in this thread
Epic's Fortnite has 'no dudebros', new details revealed
Gears studio's latest inspired by Minecraft, has no publisher
Epic Games wunderkind and Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski has confirmed the studio's latest project, Fortnite, won't star any burly, gravelly voiced men.
Not one to mince words, Bleszinski told Joystiq "There's no dudebros in it," before defending the archetype. "Not that there's anything wrong with that, right? But creatively for the team, Gears has been amazing for us. But it's fun to kind of stretch our wings and do something that's a little different from the usual."
Although development on the game is being headed up by Lee Perry, who served as lead level designer on Gears of War and senior gameplay designer on Gears of War 2, Cliff championed the project internally.
"It was a project that was pitched internally. I was a staunch supporter of the idea, because the game is just like a no-brainer -- I was like yes."
Following the Fortnite reveal at the VGAs, Perry provided some insight into the design of the game in a series of Twitter posts, which he started by saying "Minecraft was an inspiration for sure."
He went on to distinguish the game from the indie sensation by saying "Minecraft lets you build ANYTHING, we are focusing on constructing 'buildings' specifically."
"I see lots of questions asking if #fortnite is freeform construction. It is. It's not scripted or just boarding up existing structures.
"It stands to reason if you can build a world, anything can be destroyed," he added. "It's not scripted or just boarding up existing structures."
Responding to a fan, Bleszinski said that chances of weapon crafting/traps, a leveling system, underground exploration and boss fights were "high".
Have a look at the Fortnite trailer to see its cartoon-style characters ransacking shops and gathering anything for a bit of scavange-and-build action.
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