Epic Games, creator of such powerhouse franchises as Unreal Tournament and Gears of War, is stepping up in developing its next engine. Revealed today, Epic is establishing a new studio in Seattle, with the primary task of working on games within the Unreal Engine 4.
The game and engine developer is currently recruiting programmers and staff to work with its already-established engineering group–whose members have an average of 12 years of industry experience under their belts. With a focus on upper-tier, veteran developers, Epic hopes to capitalize on a team capable of working with online game services and their surrounding frameworks.
Why Seattle? you may be asking yourself. Michael Capps, president of Epic Games, has an answer for you:
“The proximity to key partners, the density of world-class talent and all the factors that make Seattle an attractive place to live convinced us that it is the perfect locale for Epic’s West Coast operation,” said Dr. Capps. He also added that Epic is “looking to hire even more of the best engineers around to contribute to Unreal Engine 4, which we believe is set to change the way we all make games.”
As of now, the only real view we have of Unreal Engine 4 comes in the form of a demo video (shown below).[youtube id=”xyeeyZE41O4?hd=1″ width=”620″ height=”360″]