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Epic: 'We've neglected Unreal'

Epic: 'We've neglected Unreal'

Epic Games' Mike Capps has explained that the studio has 'neglected' Unreal in recent years.

Gears of War developer Epic Games has admitted that it has 'neglected' the Unreal franchise, which accelerated the studio to greatness ever since the first in the series, in recent years.

Epic Games' President, Mike Capps, told IndustryGamers that the decision was a side-effect of focusing on the Gears of War series so much.

'It's been a long time since we shipped an Unreal game, and it's an awfully loved franchise that we hold pretty dear here,' said Capps.

'We haven't been giving it the attention it deserves because we've been focusing on Gears of War and we're still a relatively small company...At some point you wonder why we don't rename the engine the Gears Engine or something,' he said.

Capps didn't offer any official confirmation on a new Unreal game, but did say that a new installment in the hugely successful series would make financial sense.

'We've been sort of focused on making new properties, which you've seen with Shadow Complex, Bulletstorm and Infinity Blade, but sometimes I think just as a businessman that maybe we should be spending some more time with our existing franchises.'

Speaking to Kotaku over the weekend, Capps revealed that Bulletstorm didn't make any money for the studio - though it was still proud of the work.

Epic has previously commented that it was driven to console development because of rising piracy on the PC platform.

2007's Unreal Tournament 3 was the last entry in the Unreal series, which was released to middling reception. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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liratheal 25th July 2011, 11:26 Quote
Yes.

You have.
BRAWL 25th July 2011, 11:29 Quote
Would like to see the Unreal 2 storyline continued if I'm honest... the possibility of a singularity cannon wielding Brawl shapped hole in the wall... is something I've always wanted to follow up!

UT4 & UT2 Expansions would be lovely...
p.s. Bulletstorm kicked ass...
Jaybles 25th July 2011, 11:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by BRAWL

p.s. Bulletstorm kicked ass...

Oh Hell Yeah. One of the best games I've played this year!
GravitySmacked 25th July 2011, 11:36 Quote
Please do, really enjoyed the last 2.
andrew8200m 25th July 2011, 11:39 Quote
+1 the above!
Sheiken 25th July 2011, 11:39 Quote
Bulletstorm didnt make them any money? The combat was epic! Come to think about it, I might give it another spin!

And oh UT is so dear to my heart, those are my favourite fps's
Parge 25th July 2011, 11:43 Quote
Just launch your games on Steam if you're concerned about piracy, its not like you sell too many boxed copies anyway.
wuyanxu 25th July 2011, 11:50 Quote
well, you can't blame them for beating a cash cow while it's still hanging on.

part of me can't help but feel their next UT or Unreal game will be a console only title :(
Mentai 25th July 2011, 12:42 Quote
Bulletstorm sold a million, they must have really gone over budget. Also I have no faith on a good UT given their console focus.
Eriol 25th July 2011, 13:08 Quote
UT4 please. And do it properly, UT3 was half baked. I don't see how piracy would be much of an issue for a multiplayer fps. And do it just for PC, console gamers can go jerk off to GoW.
Bauul 25th July 2011, 13:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by BRAWL
Would like to see the Unreal 2 storyline continued if I'm honest... the possibility of a singularity cannon wielding Brawl shapped hole in the wall... is something I've always wanted to follow up!

This. Unreal 2 had a pretty decent setting (albeit the story was a little simple), I'd love to see it expanded more in the future.
kylew 25th July 2011, 14:06 Quote
"Bulletstorm didn't make any money for the studio"

Maybe that'll stop them pretending that they can't make PC exclusives because all PC gamers are pirates.
Zurechial 25th July 2011, 14:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
This. Unreal 2 had a pretty decent setting (albeit the story was a little simple), I'd love to see it expanded more in the future.

Yeah, I thought Unreal2's setting was great. It's a game that was quickly forgotten despite its big-name pedigree, but it was actually pretty good.
[USRF]Obiwan 25th July 2011, 14:52 Quote
Well I lively remember the first part of Unreal where you climb out of the huge ship wreck and seeing the waterfall. It was one of those 'wow this is awesome!" moments which I will not forget. I didn't/don't give a damn about the UT franchise...
Zurechial 25th July 2011, 15:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Well I lively remember the first part of Unreal where you climb out of the huge ship wreck and seeing the waterfall. It was one of those 'wow this is awesome!" moments which I will not forget. I didn't/don't give a damn about the UT franchise...

This, too! I still get goosebumps when I hear the music from that area.
Unreal's visuals have dated, but to my eyes they are still artistically gorgeous and that's one of the areas that really left an impression on me in my youth.
I feel like playing it now, in fact. :)

The Epic that made Unreal isn't the same company we see today, though. One would be forgiven for thinking that judging by the games alone, at least.
feathers 25th July 2011, 15:46 Quote
Epic disaster. Epic console bollocks. One or two good PC games followed by a bunch of mediocre ones. Their greatest legacy is the UDK DX11 engine. Hopefully we may see a whole series of innovative games springing up that weren't developed by Epic (and thus doomed to fail). Hawken is one such independant game in the works.
fingerbob69 25th July 2011, 17:12 Quote
I for one love UT3 and still get some multip. joy from it now and again.

An addition to the franchise should only be a good thing.
SMIFFYDUDE 25th July 2011, 17:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]Well I lively remember the first part of Unreal where you climb out of the huge ship wreck and seeing the waterfall. It was one of those 'wow this is awesome!" moments which I will not forget.

One of my favorite gaming moments that. Then spawning Nali over the edge of the cliff and watching them fall. I still to this day think Unreal has the prettiest water in a game. Unreal also has the best music.
Fizzban 25th July 2011, 18:49 Quote
Unreal and Unreal 2 are brilliant games. I've lost track of the times I have played them over the years. Most of the Tournament series was great fun too.

I agree with several others here that it would be awesome to see the Unreal 2 story continued.
NuTech 25th July 2011, 18:54 Quote
Really disappointed that Bulletstorm wasn't profitable. One of the few games that compelled me to complete it over a single weekend.

IMO it combined juvenile humour and great gameplay in a way Duke Nukem Forever tried (and failed) to do.
metarinka 26th July 2011, 01:24 Quote
I liked Unreal 2, even if the plot was a little generic.
ssj12 26th July 2011, 02:42 Quote
Yes, give me Unreal!!!
Waynio 26th July 2011, 02:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by fingerbob69
I for one love UT3 and still get some multip. joy from it now and again.

An addition to the franchise should only be a good thing.

Agreed & it's a really fast paced shooter so I can't do long sessions on it but the short sessions I do it rocks :).

But epic if you do make a 4th make sure you use dedicated servers just like UT3 or you might be wrongly counting me not buying it as a piracy statistic :p.
Gunsmith 26th July 2011, 02:46 Quote
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Epic: 'We've neglected Unreal'

Thats not the only thing you've neglected, asshats.
rogerrabbits 26th July 2011, 03:54 Quote
UT2k4 I loved. UT3 was pants. I would like to see another Unreal game, if only to see if they are still capable of making a decent game in this modern age of crap 'for the masses' gaming.
OCJunkie 26th July 2011, 04:13 Quote
"Epic has previously commented that it was driven to console development because of rising piracy on the PC platform."

Bullshit, that's a lazy excuse devs resort to when they're too busy wanking with console profits to deal with the "problems" of PC gaming, gimme a break.

The Unreal series is what really got me into gaming back in the day when every other game was butt ugly, and they not only molested it by spamming their "tournament" mechanics but totally killed it by releasing the atrocity that is Gears. Even if they DO ever manage to release another Unreal title, it'll invariably be tainted by the smell of GOW anyway since they just can't seem to get over themselves...
Toploaded 26th July 2011, 08:03 Quote
Heh, I don't really care about what they do game wise, they have produced a great engine that's free to use, updated monthly and with very reasonable indie contract agreements. Also tbh, I thought UT3 was a pretty good game for an Unreal Tournament game, kept close to the roots of the original and also they made the bold move of allowing both mouse and keyboard and mod support for the PS3 port. Sadly, it didn't seem catch on.

Just because they have moved to the console market for their main game related profits, I still hold them in high regard for what they are still doing for PC game development (DX11 support for UDK was a pretty selfless move on their behalf right now, considering they are branching out into mobile phone games ect)
Kaiwan 26th July 2011, 11:12 Quote
I own all of the Unreal games and I love them. It would be a sad day if it went console only :(
Toploaded 26th July 2011, 15:32 Quote
I doubt Unreal ever would should they ever follow it up. The main reason that Gears when console only was down to the publisher from what I read. Yup, MIcrosoft. You would have thought that would have made it more likely to come to the pc huh...
Ayrto 26th July 2011, 18:28 Quote
Don't think any Unreal will go console only , besides it looks like with Windows 8 + their new (720?)console plans, MS is trying to merge platforms , so it doubly wouldn't make sense.
Digi 27th July 2011, 22:36 Quote
UT2k3/4 were the pinnacles of fps gaming and still stand the test of time. Frenetic but with a purpose, epic support for clan wars and all kinds of game modes and mods - I played them for years and I played them at the top level - simply awesome fun.

Bring us back 2k4 updated and you already have a community hungry and waiting.
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