This Saturday, Epic Games is set to reveal an entirely new IP from their main North Carolina studio. Nothing is known about the game, other than that it won’t include the developer’s trademark space marine character design. Now, Epic President Mike Capps has teased that the game is “something radically different” for the studio.
Capps told GI.biz:
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 energized for it to.
When asked whether he thought fans would or wouldn’t recognize it as an Epic game, he replied:
We’re scared to death of both. 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. (Laughs)
Cliff Bleszinski will unveil the new game at the VGA show this Saturday, December 10th.