Epic Baltimore to be home to some former members of 38 Studios’ Big Huge Games which dissolved this week.
The team responsible for Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning will be part of a new Epic studio in Baltimore.
“On Wednesday, the ex-BHG leadership team contacted us. They wanted to start a new company and keep together some of the key talent displaced by the layoff, and hoped that they could use an Epic IP as a starting point for a new game,” Epic Games President Michael Capps wrote on the company’s site. “We loved that they all wanted to keep working together, but it was pretty clear they’d have trouble building a demo and securing funding before their personal savings ran out.”
The employees that weren’t picked up by Epic were acquired by “Zynga East, Zenimax Online and other southeastern studios.”
Good news to see those that got laid off finding work quickly in these tough economic times. It’s also very exciting for Epic to have some more firepower to make some new and interesting IPs.