Yes, Big and Huge are synonyms of Epic, which makes this somewhat punny that Big Huge Games, the people behind Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning have had their company and staff saved by Epic Games (Gears of War).
As you may or may not know, recently 38 Studios and Big Huge Games went into the financial shithouse and closed up shop, leaving the future of the Kingdoms Of Amalur franchise in the balance and 400 people without employment. Well in comes Epic Games to save the day in a show of good faith, by employing the whole lot of them in a new branch of Epic Games called Epic Games Baltimore.
The President of Epic Games, Michael Capps had the following to say on the situation:
On Wednesday, the ex-BHG leadership team contacted us. They wanted to start a new company and keep together some of the key talent displaced by the layoff, and hoped that they could use an Epic IP as a starting point for a new game. We loved that they all wanted to keep working together, but it was pretty clear they’d have trouble building a demo and securing funding before their personal savings ran out.
This is a great silver lining for the promising Big Huge Games, now known as Epic Games Baltimore, whose life was cut short before we could really see what they could do on a bigger and huger scale. Thankfully though we will now get to see some more ‘epic’ games from the studio, thanks to Epic Games. Yes, this was a fun article to write.
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