Ex-Big Huge Games Devs Form Impossible Studios, Working on Infinity Blade: Dungeons
There was plenty of crashing and burning done with now-defunct Big Huge Games, but that doesn’t mean the pain hasn’t been healed some. In an awesome move of heart-warming taking-care-of-each-other, Epic Games took in devs from BHG to form a new studio somewhere in Maryland. Baltimore, specifically. That was back in June, right in the middle of E3.
“There’s a million things to work out. How many of the team can we hire? What will it be called? What will they be working on? We don’t know all the answers yet,” said Epic Games president Mike Capps at the time.
Now there’s an answer. The studio, located now in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is being called Impossible Studios. A fitting name, as the idea of bringing on almost the entire staff from BHG really did seem possible. To set them to work and give them jobs seemed impossible. Yet here they are, right next door to XCOM and Civilization studio Firaxis.
Led by studio director Sean Dunn, the first project of Impossible is going to be the next iteration in the iOS RPG franchise Infinity Blade. Alongside Epic Games, Impossible will develop Infinity Blade: Dungeons with ChAIR Entertainment.
“Epic Games has truly embraced this stellar collection of developers who were displaced by the closing of Big Huge Games,” said Dunn. “They have looked after us with complete care, giving us all the tools and resources we need to make a lot of gamers happy.”
“We were so glad we could help keep this great team together, and we’re lucky to have them,” said Capps. “At the time, I said that finding a full team of superstars was ‘impossible’ and apparently the name stuck! Pairing the imagination and experience of Impossible with Epic’s technology, IP and resources makes for a business greater than the sum of its parts.”
Epic Games is growing, and it is growing fast. It now has the Gears of War team in Cary, North Carolina, ChAIR Entertainment in Salt Lake City, Utah, People Can Fly in Warsaw Poland, and Epic Games studios in both Seoul and Yokohama.