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Sweeney: Epic won't return to game development -- it never left

Sweeney: Epic won't return to game development -- it never left

April 24, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

"You look at what’s on people’s radars right now then you might say ‘Epic’s going to just be an engine company now.' But you can look back at 2006 or 2008 or 2011, you might have said ‘Epic’s going to just be a games company now’ – it’s just constantly pingponging back between those two."
- Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney speaks to Edge about how his company is balancing their business between developing games and game engines.

Sweeney took the opportunity to address public concerns that Epic is getting away from game development, assuring the Edge reporter that Epic is working on a "high-end next generation title" and a mobile game alongside its upcoming free-to-play foray Fortnite.

Epic intends for the games to be Unreal Engine 4 showpieces, though the fact that one will be mobile and another will be a free-to-play title is in line with the company's ongoing efforts to target a broader audience with its engine technology, which recently underwent a radical change in terms of business model.

"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," Sweeney told Edge. "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.”

You can read the full article over on Edge.

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