Gears of War creator working on a high-end game that will "push next-generation graphics"

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney teases a high-end project; also confirms studio is working on a mobile game.

Gears of War creator Epic Games is working on a high-end next-generation game that founder Tim Sweeney says is going to push the envelope for graphical fidelity.

"It's going to push next generation graphics as you'd always expect Epic to do," Sweeney told Edge in a new interview. This game is in pre-production and is not expected to be formally announced for quite a while, he added.

Sweeney also teased that Epic Games is working on a mobile title, though he gave no further information about this project.

Epic Games is, of course, also the creator of the widely used and celebrated Unreal Engine. At GDC 2014, Epic Games announced a new subscription-based option for licensing the technology, and this--coupled with Epic's recent sale of the Gears of War franchise to Microsoft--led some to believe the studio was shifting away from game development.

This isn't true, Sweeney said. "At any time there are over 100 engineers working on the Unreal Engine and there are more than 100 developers worldwide at Epic contributing to our games, so they're really inseparable--the engine is based on the feedback from our game development processes."

Epic's current development slate includes three games: the PC-exclusive Fortnite, as well as the mysterious mobile and high-end games. Finally, Sweeney said you can expect to see many games at E3 in June and later in the year running on Epic's new Unreal Engine 4.

"There's a lot [of games] on the way and a large number of them haven't been announced," he said.

Sweeney went on to say that he thinks the game industry is shifting to a point where AAA games, because they are so expensive to make, are actually becoming the minority

"The industry's changing," Sweeney said. "This generation it seems like there are about a third of the number of triple-A titles in development across the industry as there was last time around--and each one seems to have about three times the budget of the previous generation. I think we're heading towards a future where triple-A is the minority."

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coolguyhero
coolguyhero

naah UC4 already pushed the graphic fedality.

foxhound_fox
foxhound_fox

I'm much more interested in UT4. I think everyone should be.

ddg4005
ddg4005

I think Epic should just focus on making a game people will want to play rather than pushing the bleeding edge.

RSM-HQ
RSM-HQ

I have a feeling Microsoft will still attempt to make whatever the Unreal 4 project is a Xbox 1 exclusive. 360 success was arguably the work of Gear of War being a killer franchise.


With that said, I'm interested in seeing these mobile games & PC project.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

After 5 minutes the "uuh, pretty" will wear off quickly, if there is no interesting game left behind that facade it will land on the "meh" pile of techdemos real quick.


Focus on new and interesting gameplay mechanics, innovative physics based character animation systems, player immersion, AI that doesn't just behave like heat-seeking missiles, interconnected gameplay systems, offer modding tools and editors and all that good stuff instead.

If pretty graphics are a byproduct to an awesome game then I'm totally fine with that but putting graphics before gameplay never works out unless you're creating a benchmark tool or graphics showcase demo.

classic_gaming
classic_gaming

@johnis1996  gears graphics have never gone past 720p and never had a stable framerate at freakin 30fps. unless you played bayonetta on the nintendo 64 for the past 25 years then you brought Gears Of War Judgement then i could see why you think graphics are good

johnis1996
johnis1996

Gears has always put gameplay first but unreal engine allowes for great graphics

tightwad34
tightwad34

Yeah, roughly half a year into the gen and they are talking about pushing the graphics to the limit. Get back to me in a few years and something like this may be relevant.

johnis1996
johnis1996

They will push the graphics they have not lied about it before gears of war is years ahead in graphics compared to most games. They are using unreal engine 4 which will make the game look great. Anyway gears is based of gameplay not graphics

steelmouth
steelmouth

Three points


1: You lost me at mobile games

2: About that high end game please talk to MS so we can bring it to the home of Epic Games

3: I thought Crytec are the one who always push the graphic envelop 

4: Am cool will less but awesomer AAA games as I don't have time to play them all

johnis1996
johnis1996

They do push the graphics for consoles forward and gameplay gears of war has by far the best or high standard of gameplay from any game anyone who has played it knows that  

johnis1996
johnis1996

Yes the first gears was probably one of the best games to date if it's better than that just think...

johnis1996
johnis1996

Are you talking about dark soles taking more skill if so haha it's no way near as skilful and innovative

okmarshall
okmarshall

If the game is in pre-production how can they possible know what graphical level they are going to reach? Sounds like pure hype to me.

_Silent_Jay_
_Silent_Jay_

@okmarshall Because they're using the engine before anybody else is, and have the benefit of knowing the exact engineering specs on it.

steelmouth
steelmouth

@okmarshall  Well I figure they know the engine possibilities and know how far they goner push to max it out, don't you ever watch the engine demos? that tells you the possible graphical level the moment you buy the engine long before you even start on your game

johnis1996
johnis1996

Look at there past games yes it may be trying to increase awareness but I bet you they do push the boundaries in console graphics and gameplay they always have. And epic don to things for hype they say it how it is unreal engine 4 can creat what they are saying

phillybro806
phillybro806

Back in my day as a lad we had 32 bit machines and we could care less about graphics. All we cared about was having fun. Times were much simpler back then. : (

daviz88
daviz88

MORTAL KOMBAT 3 ULTIMATE came out on a 16 bit machine and the graphics for it's time where amazing

steelmouth
steelmouth

@phillybro806  Nothing have changed sir we still only care about having fun, you have just grown old to understand the new standard of fun, An old man from before your time could say the same thing about you and your 32 bit machine. and I will say the same 50 years from now about games then

dovonob
dovonob

and that headline sums up everything that is wrong with most modern games and the developers who make these so called 'AAA' titles. 

How about pushing some gameplay boundaries and make new stuff that's interesting. New amazing graphics are new and amazing for the first five minutes then you get used to them. Besides the fact the game that comes out the next month has better and more amazing graphics making your new and amazing graphics not seem so new and amazing in a very short space of time. 

I can't think of many titles that have stayed in my memory years later because the graphics were so amazing. Don't get me wrong that doesn't mean i want rubbish graphics just saying that maybe it shouldn't be a priority. Original and distinctive art has more of a lasting impact than the level of anistropic filtering or some other fancy nonsense like SSAO. 

Then again if it's epic it'll just be a generic first/third person shooter anyway so they only have to care about the graphics.

johnis1996
johnis1996

@dovonob gears of war pushes gameplay boundaries more than any game out there how can you say that

johnis1996
johnis1996

Some people name a game that pushes boundaries and stayed in your memory there is not one game on the market like gears of war in gameplay and graphics and story

dovonob
dovonob

@johnis1996 @dovonob  erm......what? you've led a sheltered life if you think Gears of War pushes gameplay boundaries more than any game out there. 

What a ridiculous comment. 

Now don't get me wrong, I liked Gears of War 2 horde mode but the whole series was pretty generic game play wise, generic on rails vehicle levels, nonsensical storyline. 

I mean come on, a train track, in your dads back garden that lead directly to the HQ of the enemy.........

f*** off. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

That above image is of course how the mobile game will look like. Yeah, that's what I really think.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

Unreal Tournament 4 on the Unreal Engine 4 please.


Bring back the arena shooter, i want to be able to carry more than 2guns, i want UT2k4 vehicular combat back, I want Mod support, no hold bars. i want Unreal Tournament 4 on the Unreal Engine 4 please.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@TERMINATOR-SSD The last few Unreal games haven't been that good and for a game these days they really lack content, I'm sure lots of people will whine they want another Unreal but they probably won't buy it because that kind of game is just to little in terms of content, just like Titanfall.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

@mkeezay22 Lack content, you mad son lol. There is LOADS of content for UT games, one being it has Mod support and people have made LOADS of maps UT3 not being all that compaired to UT2k4 still had endless maps and modes, then they released Black which had more modes and maps for FREE. If UT4 is made with the game modes from UT2k4 had in content with mod support there is nothing stopping it. 

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

This gen of consoles started out pushed to their limits due to the weak specs.

seanin_hall
seanin_hall

@Rayzakk  I think you'll be eating your words by the end of this generation.

steelmouth
steelmouth

@Rayzakk  Maybe for the PS4 but the Xbox One no since they still not getting that 1080P which we know is possible

sadface1234
sadface1234

Glad to hear they are making games, Danny scared me with his prediction that they would move to engines only 

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

All I really wanted from Epic was a new Unreal game.  However, I'll wait to see what they have in the pipeline for this new game.  Hopefully it is something interesting, and not just a graphics showcase.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

It won't, though. It's too soon for consoles to be reaching their maximum potential in the graphics department, especially if last gen is anything to go on.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@sadface1234 It's kind of disappointing, though. To think we'll reach their max potential so quick given they're probably going to be around for about half a decade or more before the generation after is announced.

sadface1234
sadface1234

@DamnILoveGames  You cant compare this generations life cycle to the last generations as the relative power to the rest of the tech market at the given times were completely different. At release Ps3 could compete with high end PCs in terms of specs, both next gen consoles this time around are basically budget PC builds. Also last time the consoles were on new architecture, so took some time to learn to get full potential from system. This time they are both on x86 which is what PC uses and they all are very familiar with how to get max potential out of the hardware (this was huge win for gaming community).


The recommended PC specs for Shadow of Mordor is much higher then what any console has (granted I do assume it is not optimized as well as it could be, but who really knows. the console versions will basically be the equivalent of the low to medium graphics setting on the PC (which doesn't really matter if game play is there).  


So that was a very long winded way to say that I do think it would be possible to max out these systems less then a year after release.  This does not mean that they are bad nor that they were poor investments.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@DamnILoveGames - Maybe it will encourage developers to focus on making games with more diversified gameplay, stories, AI, genres, etc., rather than relying on graphics. I am actually encouraged by what some of the independent studios, among others, are trying these days.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@Gallowhand Oh, yeah I guess that's a good point. Here's hoping we don't have a generation filled with 'Shoot the terrorists while yelling 'MURICA'. I don't mind FPS games so long as they do something interesting with it. It's why I have my attention on Evolve.

cboye18
cboye18

The only franchise I've liked on the Xbox as Halo never sparked my interest. However I think it's time to let it rest.  

xantufrog
xantufrog moderator

@cboye18 They are developing Gears of War any more - the sold it off to MS

johnis1996
johnis1996

There still making a new gears of war

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Maybe more developers should try to push next-generation gameplay instead of graphics.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Should have titled it 'Unreal Tournament creator', when you say it this way it sounds more prestigious in my ears.

jako998
jako998

So Xbox one, PC and PS4 than. Hope its really good.