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Infinity Blade is Epic's 'most profitable' series

Infinity Blade is Epic's 'most profitable' series

If you get squeamish around the impending threat of mobile games, be advised that the content of this article is graphic and may disturb you. Infinity Blade is Epic's most profitable game franchise, according to CEO Tim Sweeney. The statistic comes with a few caveats, but it's still a pretty striking example of a rapidly changing games marketplace.

Read more: 'More profitable than Gears of War' »

"No one said they're becoming "hardcore games". The article says IB made them a lot of money, and ..."
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Epic attended Pixar story workshop for Gears of War: Judgment

Epic attended Pixar story workshop for Gears of War: Judgment

The Gears of War series isn't exactly known for its gripping plots and nuanced characters. Though Epic certainly showed some improvement through its three-game series, many players still shrugged it off as hulking soldiers turning bad guys into meat. Now that Gears of War: Judgment is on the docket, with co-developer People Can Fly, how can they create a better narrative in this world? By consulting Pixar, of course.

Read more: Insight from 'the best in the industry' »

"Good for them! They are trying to improve something that they don't do all that well."
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Cliffy B: 'Games have become more linear and easier'

Cliffy B: 'Games have become more linear and easier'

Expanding the gaming audience has come at the cost of making games simpler and easier, Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski has said. And it just so happens that a game of his, the prequel Gears of War: Judgement, is hoping to present a challenge for players.

Read more: Dark Souls shows demand for difficult »

"Yes, Cliffy B, and you were well rewarded for your hand in that."
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Epic lands Tencent investment

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Epic lands Tencent investment

Colossal Chinese Internet company Tencent is picking up a minority stake in Epic Games, giving the Gears of War developer and Unreal Engine maker a cash injection. They're keeping quiet on how big the investment was and how big a stake Epic sold, but they insist Epic "will continue to operate independently and seek to further expand its game franchises across multiple platforms."

Read more: "Tencent's investment will empower," Epic president says

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Unreal Engine 4 videos show off tech demos

Unreal Engine 4 videos show off tech demos

As promised, at E3 Epic properly lifted the wraps off its next-generation engine, Unreal Engine 4. While the real-time cinematic teased before is jolly nice and all, the real highlight is a good long look at the tech and tools themselves.

Watch: Cram your eyeballs with particles until they burst »

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Gears of War: Judgement formally announced with E3 trailer

Gears of War: Judgement formally announced with E3 trailer

Epic has whispered and muttered about a new Gears of War over the past few days, but Gears of War: Judgement was only given its grand unveiling during Microsoft's presentation at E3 today. The trailer confirmed that yes, Baird and Cole Train will be shooting guns a lot.

Watch: The E3 trailer »

"Ick, would rather see Bulletstorm 2! That game was a gem of 2011."
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Former Amalur devs join new studio: Epic Games Baltimore

Former Amalur devs join new studio: Epic Games Baltimore

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."

Read more: Many will be hired initially as contractors »

"Not really. 38 studios had the engineers and talent to create an impressive in-house engine for ..."
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Bulletstorm dev involved in Gears of War Judgment

Bulletstorm dev involved in Gears of War Judgment

Update: Now includes official title.

Gears of War Judgment is being made at least in part by Bulletstorm developer People can Fly. Rumors had been rumbling that the developer was at work on something in the Gears franchise, and Epic Games' Mike Capps confirmed the news.

Read more: Mike Capps' enthusiastic response »

"Clearly People Can Fly has been given the enormous and time consuming task of creating weapon ..."
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New Gears of War game announced for Xbox 360

New Gears of War game announced for Xbox 360

Although Gears of War 3 finished the adventures of Delta Squad, it appears Epic Games is not yet ready to leave the world of Sera. Hence, today's announcement: a new Gears of War game for Xbox 360.

Game Informer will feature the game as its cover story for its upcoming July issue. However, we can expect much more on the game at E3, which begins on Monday next week.

Read more: Is it for Kinect? »

"At the end of the day I didnt play Gears 3 as much as I did with the 2. Too similar, I think. I ..."
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Epic Games wins 'on all counts' in Silicon Knights lawsuit

Epic Games wins 'on all counts' in Silicon Knights lawsuit

Update: Additional commentary from Epic Games and new details on damages.

The years-long lawsuit between Silicon Knights and Epic Games has come to an end. The Canadian developer of Too Human served Epic in 2007 for "technical problems" it encountered using Epic's multiplatform engine. The suit was originally seeking $58 million in damages, with Silicon Knights claiming it had to rework Unreal into the "Silicon Knights Engine."

Today, a judge has ruled in favor for Epic Games.

Read more: Jury finds for Epic 'on all counts' »

"SK is an overrated and flawed developer. All of their games are excellent ideas executed horribly."
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Silicon Knights lawsuit has $1 of damages at stake

Silicon Knights lawsuit has $1 of damages at stake

Silicon Knights sued Epic Games in 2007 for "technical problems" with the now widely-adopted Unreal Engine. The Too Human developer had modified the middleware so much that it called it the "Silicon Knights Engine." The original claim asked for $58 million in damages, however after the judge threw out Silicon Knights' "unreliable and speculative" damage assessment, the developer now faces a significantly reduced judgment.

Read more: Judge got tired of waiting »

"Hah. Seems like SK isn't really on the ball where this case is concerned."
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Infinity Blade 2 getting free 'Vault of Tears' update on Thursday

Infinity Blade 2 getting free 'Vault of Tears' update on Thursday

Chair Entertainment's Infinity Blade 2 is still one of the best looking games you can play on an iThing. If you haven't played in a while, Chair has announced a new content update, coming this Thursday. Called 'Vault of Tears,' the update will bring a significant amount of new gameplay and goodies, and is absolutely free.

Read more: New content and social features »

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Unreal Engine 4 and Epic's 'responsibility' to push next-gen consoles

Unreal Engine 4 and Epic's 'responsibility' to push next-gen consoles

While corners of the Internet speculate and bicker about the hardware powering the next console generation, Epic last week lifted the wraps off the engine that'll surely power plenty of next-gen games, Unreal Engine 4. Blowing its own trumpet a little, Epic spoke of its "responsibility" to make sure the next consoles from Microsoft and Sony can support the sort of prettiness it's putting out.

Read more: Next gen "needs to be a quantum leap" »

"I believe me I have tried. I have sat there with a bare bones level with some terrain, some ..."
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Infinity Blade 2 releases 'ClashMob' update

Infinity Blade 2 releases 'ClashMob' update

Infinity Blade 2 has received a large, free content update today, and is on sale at a cheaper price to boot. The "ClashMob" update creates social challenges, along with new in-game items, and the Gem Forge feature. Unfortunately, it doesn't include synchronized crowd dancing -- you're thinking "FlashMob."

Read more: All the features in ClashMob »

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Bulletstorm 2 was planned, but cancelled

Bulletstorm 2 was planned, but cancelled

A sequel to delightfully silly and sweary shooter Bulletstorm had once been in the works, Epic Games has revealed, but sadly it wasn't to be. The project was cancelled, and co-developer People Can Fly was put to work on a mysterious new project. When life gives you dick-lemons, make dick-lemonade.

"We thought a lot about a sequel, and had done some initial development on it, but we found a project that we thought was a better fit for People Can Fly," Epic president Mike Capps said.

Read more: Piracy blamed for poor PC sales »

"And what ***** me off the most is I won't get to see that cyborg guy totally malfunctioning and ..."
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