news\ Dec 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Epic Games New Title "Radically Different" From Gears of War


This Saturday, during SPike TV's Video Game Awards, many new titles will be revealed.  We have the PS3-exclusive The Last of Us, the recently hinted at Tony Hawk IP, and a "radically different" title Epic Games.  Epic is most famously known for the popular and successful game Gears of War.  Don't expect something similar with their new title. 

In fact, Epic Games President Mike Capps said in a recent interview with, "It's something radically different for us."

"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."

While Capps emphasized his love, and future support, for the Gears trilogy, he was quick to point out that the new title is not a clone of the successful game.

“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," he said.

Capps hopes that this new project will inspire and re-energise the team.

"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 energised for it to."

Capps did express some concern with fan reaction to the new title.  He's worried how fans will receive the game.  Will it be more of the same?  Or will it be too different?  Epic is riding a very fine line with this new IP.

"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!"

If there is one thing I've learned about gamers since I've been in the industry, it's that you can't please everyone.  While some Gears loyalists will want more of the same, I think the majority of the fanbase is looking forward to a new title just as much as the developers were.  Sometimes, something new can be great for everyone.  I just hope Epic didn't become complacent with the Gears of War trilogy and forget how to make a great original.

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