Epic opens Seattle studio

Gears of War developer opens new studio in Seattle; initial efforts to be focused on Unreal Engine 4.

Gears of War studio Epic Games has expanded its development operations to Seattle, opening up a new studio that will initially be focused on the Unreal Engine 4.

Fortnite will be the first Epic game to use Unreal Engine 4.

According to Epic, the new Seattle-based studio will also recruit new developers, including senior-level programmers and support staff to collaborate with its engineering group.

"Epic is especially looking to hire senior-level talent specializing in online game services and the infrastructure to support them," Epic Games president Dr. Michael Capps said. "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."

According to Epic, Unreal Engine 3 currently operates on nine platforms and has been licensed to develop more than 300 games since 2006. Unreal Engine 4 was revealed earlier this year, with Epic announcing its upcoming cooperative survival game Fortnite will be the first game to use the latest iteration of the engine.

The Unreal Engine 4 framework includes tools intended to shorten production cycles and lower development costs. In terms of technical specifics, the new engine includes a new dynamic lighting system, which operates based on calculations of objects' inherent properties, as opposed to being dictated by preprogrammed effects. This technology will supposedly allow for more realistic lighting, where colors mix, translucent materials glow, and objects viewed through water refract.

Job listings for Epic's new Seattle studio can be found here.

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26 comments
interrasteral7
interrasteral7

In my opinion, Unreal Engine 4 does not look any eighth-gen at all. If that is how eighth-gen home console graphics are going to look like, then I am sticking with the seventh-gen home consoles with the exception of the Wii.

SHARKMEAT
SHARKMEAT

Just Glad it's there money not mine or is it theirs lol....... well good luck anyways, and it takes balls and a big bat to hit home run's into days market.

1337hackz
1337hackz

I'm not gonna lie I'm a little worried about EPIC.

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Good news. One of the best franchises out there. Good news for xbox owners.

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

That's great! Moving to Seattle I would love to work for them in the field of design. I highly doubt that though.

Needles-Kane
Needles-Kane

Awesome, keep creating more studios in the Western World!

boredom_kills
boredom_kills

Nice to read - Epic are in a good position to expand given the success of Unreal 3. The performance gains made available to developers using Unreal 4 will only cement that further. I'd love to know how what percentage of their income comes from game sales vs licensing of the Unreal 3 engine. I bet the values would surprise a lot of gamers...

E-i-N-e
E-i-N-e

Finally! News about companies being successful enough to open more companies, introduce more jobs and stability rather than companies dying, jobs being eradicated and stability going kapoot.

SolidTy
SolidTy

EPIC is growing to EPIC proportions while other studios are closing down.

Kell_the_Gamer
Kell_the_Gamer

This is the first in months I've read of news of a developer expanding rather than closing, being bought out or laying people off. It felt odd, but nice.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

This is why I love living in Western Washington. :)

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

Way to start out on a low note....

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Nice to hear about a studio opening after so many closures in recent months.

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

Cool. Hopefully we see some fresh games that push forward new ideas and the Unreal Engine 4.

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

Nice, now we have even more options over here for jobs in the Game Dev business :)

NTM23
NTM23

 @Landsharkk Indeed. Any time I hear about a game company, and WA, I get excited.