The new game Epic Games will debut at the VGAs this Saturday will be a brand new intellectual property, not a Kinect-enabled Gears of War spin-off as rumored. What we’re in got is “something radically different” and something that’s making the studio “nervous,” according to Epic prez Mike Capps who chatted with gi.biz on the undertaking: “It’s something radically different for us. 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.”
Doesn’t sound like this is a smaller Infinity Blade-type project but a full blown AAA effort then, what with the Gears team on it and all.
Capps goes on to essentially say he’s terrified how the project would be seen and received: “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.”
With a lot of folk screaming for something new, Capps’ words should come as a welcome refreshment, yeah?