Former Amalur devs join new studio: Epic Games Baltimore

Epic Games has become a white knight to most of the Big Huge Games developers laid off in the 38 Studios collapse, taking on the management team and dubbing the new group Epic Baltimore.

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Big Huge Games, developer of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, was essentially shuttered when parent company 38 Studios laid off its entire staff. Much of the staff has since been reacquired by Epic Games to form a new studio: Epic Games Baltimore.

"The way we see it, there's been a big storm in Baltimore, and we're taking in a few of the refugees," Epic president Mike Capps said in a letter to Epic employees. "Epic's in a situation where we can do this, and it very clearly fits with our company values, so we're going to give it a whirl."

The company will be setting up the new studio as soon as possible, according to a letter acquired by The Verge. To quickly bridge the financial gap for the unemployed, they will be bringing many of the BHG team down to the Cary, NC, headquarters as contractors. Epic Baltimore's new project will probably be a completely new IP.

Capps added that they aren't sure how many people they can hire yet, but they will hire as many as they can. A few BHG employees have already been taken in by other Maryland companies, such as Zynga East and Zenimax Online.

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    June 3, 2012 6:00 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Former Amalur devs join new studio: Epic Games Baltimore.

    Epic Games has become a white knight to most of the Big Huge Games developers laid off in the 38 Studios collapse, taking on the management team and dubbing the new group Epic Baltimore.

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      June 3, 2012 6:34 PM

      Awesome news, so happy for the crew @ 38 studios this should be very good for both parties well done EPIC.

      Also would it not be rad if EPIC bought the Kingdoms of Amalur IP as well and carried on the work the guys where doing(patch and making the sequel but change it to URE4!).

      These guys should help their portfolio in diff type of games.

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        June 3, 2012 7:51 PM

        Minor detail but Big Huge Games was owned by 38 Studios. This move affects Big Huge Games but not necessarily 38 studios.

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      June 3, 2012 7:04 PM

      Big Huge Epic Megagames!

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      June 3, 2012 9:11 PM

      Whew! I was worried about those guys.

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      June 4, 2012 4:58 AM

      This is a big positive gesture from EPIC. Thumbs up!

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      June 4, 2012 5:01 AM

      KoA may not have been the best game ever, but it clearly had a lot of talent behind it. It was just too ambitious to meet its goals.

      Glad Big Huge got their footing back and another chance. Props to Epic.

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      June 4, 2012 9:21 AM

      So, there were a bunch of talented jobless software engineers and Epic's doing all they can to get them, while also spinning it off as being charitable.

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        June 4, 2012 9:48 AM

        It's business. Also a win win situation.

        What is wrong with people? How do you see this as a bad thing at all?

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          June 4, 2012 10:11 AM

          Didn't say anything was bad about it. Just got tired of everyone being all feel good as if this was a charity ball for cancer kids. It's business. A win win situation. It's also marketing that too many people seem to enjoy swallowing.

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            June 4, 2012 10:22 AM

            Whatever the ulterior motive behind it, I assume EPIC has thought this one out and its more than just a charity gesture, that should be pretty clear. You don't just hire people out of goodwill. Still it takes some of the bitterness out of the whole 38 studios collapse.

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            June 4, 2012 10:29 AM

            It's pretty amazing they can hire so many. So good for them.

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              June 4, 2012 6:29 PM

              Not really. 38 studios had the engineers and talent to create an impressive in-house engine for KoA. Epic is hard at work on UE4, so to have that kind of pool of talent become available is an opportunity to exploit. Even so, Epic has tons of cash, so hiring on a bunch of people to form another studio just means they're probably accelerating existing plans to expand due to the extraordinary opportunity at hand.

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        June 4, 2012 9:50 AM

        Yeah and? Doesn't sound like a problem to me.

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        June 4, 2012 9:52 AM

        how much of a salary cut do you think they all took

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        June 4, 2012 10:28 AM

        Lol....shackers

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        June 4, 2012 10:33 AM

        Yeah, much better to leave them flapping in the breeze instead of taking advantage of the situation while helping people out.

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      June 4, 2012 11:13 AM

      I'm still waiting for my KoA steam firesale.

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      June 4, 2012 11:46 AM

      Who the fuck wants to live in Baltimore?

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        June 4, 2012 12:12 PM

        They were already there. Coming from Baltimore I can answer your question : nobody.