Former Epic Games president Mike Capps parts ways with studio

Mike Capps leaves advisory role at Epic Games to focus on family.

Former Epic Games president Mike Capps has announced he is leaving his advisory role within the studio and will no longer be affiliated with the prominent developer.

Capps had held his advisory role since December 2012, when he stood down as Epic Games' president.

"When we announced that I wanted to transition out of my leadership role at Epic, the plan was for a continued but less active role, service on the board of directors, and ideally, being that eccentric semi-retired guy who still comes to playtests and gold parties," said Capps on his Facebook page.

"I'm sad to say that plans have changed, and as of February 11th, I'm no longer affiliated with Epic Games. I have many wonderful memories of my time at Epic, and I wish my friends there all the best in their future projects."

Capps intends to remain part of the video game industry, but is now focusing on family.

"Games have been so good to me, and I'm delighted to have the time to give back. I'm a member of several game industry boards, and I'm proud to serve as an advocate for our art in Washington. I'm considering seats on a few company and advisory boards, as well as options for teaching at one of the world-class universities in the North Carolina Triangle area. And mostly, I'm focused on being a new dad in a few short weeks. Time is flying by, and I've still got a dozen games I want to play before the UnSleep begins!"

Epic Games' next title, Gears of War: Judgment, will be released on March 19 in the US and March 22 in Europe.

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51 comments
ImAGamer2oo
ImAGamer2oo

What about Steve Polges (He does the bot ai over at Epic) ? Is he still there?

I hope he writes a book on bot ai before he leaves.

TacticaI
TacticaI

Judgement looks to be the final nail in the coffin.

-Geo
-Geo

GoW died off for me when GoW2 came out. Shit blew.

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

"Mike Capps leaves EPIC games because Gears of War is completely ruined."

Zeeksie
Zeeksie

Like rats fleeing from a sinking ship. Epic is done for.

kidnatural
kidnatural

Oh okay, so he was forced to quit.

foxrock66
foxrock66

Man Epic seems like it is just falling apart of late

Hellbishop
Hellbishop

Best wishes on your new adventures Mr. Mike Capps. I count EPIC as one of the few companies that really made my life better when it came to having a fun time and not boring myself into real life trouble. Ah all the buetiful winter afternoons playing UNREAL and summer evenings blasting away on UNREAL TOURNAMENT. Good times :D Thank you.

Zoza24
Zoza24

First Cliff, and now Capps.

Wish him all the best luck in life :)

Im sure in the next 3 to 4 years that we'll see new Developers studios coming and have awesome games like Epic Games did if not better, who knows.

The older you get, the more you care about other things in life, like familie the other side of life. A Mature way of life.

NTM23
NTM23

That's three huge developers for Epic gone now huh? Wow.

superjenius
superjenius

Disheartening to see these long-timers leave, but I'll get worried if Tim Sweeney goes.

somebody337
somebody337

Alot of companies died and alot of people left this gen. Next gen isnt looking too promising :(

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

epic lost roddy f, cliffy p, and now mikey c.

not looking good.

Emb3r
Emb3r

Greaaat i can't wait to read articles every week about the "unemployed life of an ex-epic games employee" from this guy AND Cliff B.

CoUGHB
CoUGHB

I wish the best of luck to Mike Capps. EPIC Games have been good to me, and provided me with years of fun. I can't say this doesn't worry me though, I hope there isn't something going on at the studio that's turning people off. 

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

1st Cliff then Ferguson & now Mike have now left Epic Games

Xirexor
Xirexor

Need UT4 or remake of UT99

corrus
corrus

Maybe they fired him

Supabul
Supabul

Fergusson, Cliff and now Capps must be getting out of there since they don't want to work on Gears games anymore, MS have bought Epic games didn't you people know that already, they don't want Gears on PS4 next-gen

RossRichard
RossRichard

Cliffy B, now this. Rats fleeing a sinking ship?

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

The amount of devs leaving companies lately is just Unreal.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

Seems like EPIC Games will be the next one to go.

franizarduy
franizarduy

that is to say " im underpaid so im getting the hell out of here, good nights"

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

Good maybe Epic can start making gamers that aren’t linier bland grey shooters.

brok
brok

...and we have it on good authority that he'll deal with screaming kids by hulking down behind the nearest couch, and advising his kids to wait a few seconds for their wounds to heal by themselves. Also- permanent bandannas.

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

Nobody wants to work for Epic anymore.

dahui58
dahui58

@ImAGamer2oo I hope he writes a book called "how not to write bot AI". Gears of War has the worst bots in online gaming.

AutoPsychotic
AutoPsychotic

@superjenius Tim Sweeney will never leave Epic. He is Epic; it's his child and I don't believe he has anything else in this world.

shakensparco
shakensparco

@somebody337 Just because a handful of vets have stepped out doesn't mean next gen isn't looking good! I mean just think of how many good games we've had in the last four years! GTA, Red Dead, Halo, Gears, Uncharted, COD, Ni No Kuni, Far Cry, Empires Total War, Star Craft, Journey, God of War, Killzone, Vanquish, MGS Revengeance, Mass Effect, Dead Space, Assassin's Creed, Heavy Rain, Tomb Raider, and so, so many others.


Just because a couple of guys have left from various studios doesn't mean the industry is going in the toilet. This is a natural progression in any art form. People retire and new people take their place.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@somebody337 Not too sad about the man, since Epic stopped making good games after Unreal 1.

deon99
deon99

@GasparNolasco The people who actually do all the work and not recognized for it.Only people that are leaving are people who think they are to big now(Cliffy B) for the studio.I doubt this guy leaving will have a huge impact.

CoUGHB
CoUGHB

@senorbusyman There have been more than just the ones you've named that have left. It makes you wonder doesn't it? 

Bleak5170
Bleak5170

@lokizarro  

    I love Gears but I would kill for a new UT. Unfortunately they'd have to change the formula drastically or the kids won't buy it no matter how good it is, (just like UT 3). That means adding things such as perks, scorestreaks etc...  Heck, UT 3 didn't even have kill/death ratio on the scoreboard, (which was awesome).

AutoPsychotic
AutoPsychotic

@Deadly_Nemesis They "started" that back in 1991, when few others were breaking ground in the industry. Where have you been?

dogfather76
dogfather76

It may be, but it's still fun to play.  Sort of like God of War.

Bleak5170
Bleak5170

@Kr3isen  

    Yeah seriously. Makes you wonder what's going on over there. 

AutoPsychotic
AutoPsychotic

@dahui58 @ImAGamer2oo Which is an anomaly, since the Unreal Tournament AI was fantastic. Still doesn't justify the terribly Gears of War AI, though.

Zoza24
Zoza24

@PSYCHOV3N0M @Zoza24 Ehhmm no, By the time when you get older you have more priority in doing other things than gaming..


You might play games, but not as much as you use too, especially in your teenage days.. Im 27 and i still play Video Games but besides that i have a hobby that might be my bigger future instead of playing video games all day.

ThaLunatik
ThaLunatik

@deon99 @GasparNolasco I agree. There are a lot of people working at game studios that take part in the games but aren't in positions where we'd necessarily hear about them all the time. They are just as important but don't have all the media attention.


To say the studio is going downhill because a few of the big names leave really underplays the importance of the entirety of the staff at the studio.

TheEveryMan
TheEveryMan

@GasparNolasco 

Very true, it's like Todd Howard doing promotion and speaking out for the company, he's been blessed with a huge development team, but unless you watch the making of DVD, he's the only name you know about.

brok
brok

@Bleak5170 it's people like you saying they'd "have" to change the formula that get's them thinking it's true. Bollocks to that. Tribes Ascend, CS:GO and Quake Live go to show there's just as much market for a fast paced blastfest as there ever was. Perhaps more than ever.

Bleak5170
Bleak5170

@brok @Bleak5170  

    Me saying that is not going to have any effect - it's sales numbers. UT sold abysmally and it's highly unlikely we're ever going to see another traditional UT-style game on consoles, (unless it's an XBLA or PSN title). I'm not saying I want an Unreal Tournament 4 with perks and scorestreaks, but if it's the only way we're going to get another UT, I will happily adapt.  Gamers spoke with their wallets last time and most of them missed out on one of the best console FPS I've ever played.