The story (via IGN):
Former Epic president Mike Capps, who stepped down to assume an advisory role in December of last year, is departing from The House That Unreal Built entirely.
"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," writes Capps in post on his Facebook page.
"Im sad to say that plans have changed, and as of February 11th, Im no longer affiliated with Epic Games."
Epic staff were made aware of his departure before Capps shared the news more widely.
"I have many wonderful memories of my time at Epic, and I wish my friends there all the best in their future projects," Capps continues.
Capps, who is now mostly focusing on the birth of his first child in a few weeks, plans to remain a part of the video game industry.
"Games have been so good to me, and Im delighted to have the time to give back," he writes. "Im a member of several game industry boards, and Im proud to serve as an advocate for our art in Washington. Im 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."\
First Rod Ferguson, then CliffyB, and now Mike Capps. What the f*ck is going on at EPIC these days? All their talent is just up and quitting. Looks like what happened with Rare before Microsoft bought them. A lot of core talent jumped ship before that buy out, and the Rare that Microsoft bought was significantly different than the one that partnered with Nintendo as a result. Now we have no proof that is hapenning to EPIC, but it looks awfully familiar.
With all of their talent leaving, one wonders if EPIC will still be a major creative force in the industry beyond the Unreal Engine.
What say you, System Wars? Will EPIC continue to remain one of the most important development studios in the industry, or will this exodus of talent hurt them? Are we seeing the beginning of the end of another talented studio, or what?
Sound off, guys.