Epic Shifting Focus to Consoles

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Cliffy BThe current top gaming celebrity Cliffy B has been talking to MTV about the future of Epic and the games that he is responsible for.

Fans of Gears of War (360) will be happy to know that Epic is now concentrating more on creating games for consoles and relegating the PC to a secondary platform. In other words PC gamers can expect more ports and less new IP’s

So for me, the PC is kind of the secondary part of what we’re doing. It’s important for us, but right now making AAA games on consoles is where we’re at

He has also stated that he has no interest in creating soft games and so we can obviously expect to see more Unreal Tournament, Gears of War and some new just as gory IP….

Epic Shifting Focus to Consoles Due to “Disarray” in PC Gaming

[Thanks to Ewie for the tip]

Last Updated: February 18, 2008

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Milesh Bhana ZA

    Sad news, in a way. The PC has always represented the cutting edge where lessons learnt get transferred to the fixed hardware consoles. We need Valve, Epic and id to keep pushing the latest gfx cards and cpu’s to the limit so that they have mastered the technology when the next generation of consoles catch up.

    I guess it makes sense financially, but a pity nonetheless.

  • doobiwan

    I think it’s actually pretty good for the PC industry. For ages the Gfx card developers have been pushing this arms race to the point of total unaffordability. It’s at the point where there is no way for a average Joe to be able to play games the way they’re meant to be played.

    It makes the manufacturers focus on getting affordable hardware to the masses.

  • I agree with Doobiwan, on this if you’re not a hardcore gamer playing games like the Witcher/Crysis/Settlers/etc. require you to have a PC with at least 1gig RAM and that’s if you’re on XP 2gig if you’re on Vista and that’s just the minimum requirements then your graphic cards are hellishly expensive! so you’ve already forked out 3 times what you’re console’s worth and you’re only waiting a month till you’re PC is in-adequate again. πŸ™

    yeah so Gfx on the Console won’t be as high as a PC, but can you honestly tell me you’re average joe is going to notice or even CARES?

  • Milesh Bhana

    yes, but there are people who are willing to pay this, and it’s these people who drive it forward.

    Mr average joe can buy a console.

    Put it this way, we got all the way to direct x 9 before the 360 came out. So they slapped on some extra features, but by then, the PC developers knew that library inside out. They understood things like shader architectures, so there was no huge generation jump because the PC world moves faster.

    If they make a mistake, it’s a PC iteration (18 months) wasted, not a console iteration (5 years).

  • doobiwan

    The problem is that the PC ecosystem didn’t get there, just the high end hardware. They made ‘gaming PCs’ a niche within a niche, and are plagued with one other massive problem – piracy.

    So with the cost of games development as astronomical as it is, the developers are going to go wher ethe money is.

  • I think everyone has a valid point, As a self proclaimed hardcore gamer, I try play on all systems (if I can afford to) there are certain games I’ve decided belong on PC and should stay that way (although I said this about 1st person shooters and that changed quickly when I was introduced to the XBOX) i.e. RTS games, MMORPG, RPG.

    I recently got: Settlers Rise of an Empire, the Witcher, World in Conflict.

    How ever much to my dismay I’m unable to play them on my once powerful beast of a machine that has since been outdated (I have to honestly say). but unfortunately I bought my PC at the very wrong time (and this is the problem with fast moving tech) a month after I got my PC, PCI express became the new standard in gfx cards, we now have SLi/Cross fire all of which I can’t use πŸ™ I had the top of the range 6800 which “used” to be good up to a year ago.

    but unfortunately I have more bills to pay than a Gfx card will allow for. πŸ™ thus my dilemma as is the problem for most other gamers I can only assume. I am working on building a new machine but the amount of research needed (cause I don’t want to make the same mistake twice) is exhausting and I left my technical background behind me about 2 years ago, so I have to catch up all over again πŸ™

    but that’s my side of the story.

  • doobiwan

    Which is pretty much exactly the same as mine πŸ˜‰ But as mearly an “enthusiast gamer” I’m more inclined to resign myself to the fact that there are some games I will never play, or never at the proper spec.

    I’m looking into a new PC now and in all honesty, with a console I can’t justify spending R6k+ on a gaming PC, when a R2500 basic PC is more than ample for 98% of waht I need it for, when the only difference is the 1 or 2 games I might want.

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