The Point - Thank You, Epic Games

Danny wonders if Epic's selling of the Gears of War franchise to Microsoft spells the end of their long and storied time in games development.

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124 comments
madgame23
madgame23

Its a good idea to focus on game engines.  I mean if they can get the Unreal Engine up to par with the Frostbite Engine then we can see some really good stuff.  Frostbite 3 is the current engine from DICE and its great, though the flagship game that is using it, Battlefield 4, sucks mightily for a vast variety of things that should not be plaguing this company when they have designed a vast variety of games that are still cherished by gamers today.  Maybe COD will give up the age old and very much extinct game engine they have been using for the past decade and breath some new life into the game.  I will always regret buying Ghosts and the season pass too!  I saw the hype and the way they spoke about it and the changes, all complete lies, and I quit within the first week.  Man that still gets me angry just thinking about it!  Game had hackers the first week of release!

o0squishy0o
o0squishy0o

Cheers Danny for making me all emotional... EPIC always has been my dream company to work for, specially on a title such as UT4. 

Wensea10
Wensea10

Even though it is not 2006 no more, Epic Games is still amazing.

McGuirex3
McGuirex3

Well said, thank you indeed EPIC!!!

joeswizzle
joeswizzle

classy stuff.... but i want my fortnite. please put that out and then you can stop making games.


ManfromRedRiver
ManfromRedRiver

NOOOOoooo! The Samaritan Demo still needs to be realized as a full game!!!

bikelesss
bikelesss

ganna miss ya Epic Games. and i still think its never too late for another Unreal

cip_raziel
cip_raziel

I`ve always thought that the Unreal engines were the ones that defined the start of each generation of games, next gen hasn't truly began until  we get the first game powered by unreal 4 engine imo. It's sad but I don't think we`ll ever see another Unreal Tournament game, there is no place for it in current "realistic" shooters era.

dafrogg
dafrogg

What's the name of the music that plays in this episode?

FernoFrY
FernoFrY

This is the first time I've ever heard anyone bring up the elevator moment in Unreal 2. That was an epic moment loved that game. Glad I'm not the only one who still remembers it!

Andrendenum1
Andrendenum1

Every day I look at my Unreal Tournament 2004 box and think about installing it.  I miss it but something just makes me hopes for a newer iteration of it.  I hope it's not the end.  But if it is to end, please hear my cries Unreal:  


/Prayer "Unreal, Please make UT 2014 or UT 2015 before you go!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

/EndPrayer


Thank you Danny O'Dwyer for recognizing a great company, their great games, and paying tribute to all things that make them great!!!   Here's a toast to you and to hopeful wishes of a new Unreal Game (hopefully Unreal Tournament)!!!

c0mmanderKeen
c0mmanderKeen

Repeating what many people have said before me, thanks for these videos danny, you're doing a hell of a job. Video games as a passionate hobby.

ZeroFallout1
ZeroFallout1

I have fond memories of Epic games, UT those were great shooters. MMMMMMMOOOONTER KILL..

karan
karan

The point is just an outstanding show......... Doing an amazing job Danny........... I remember buying a magazine and getting a free demo of unreal and i was hooked that very evening ........ Reminds me of some great times ..... thank you for this video

EmericaCky2K
EmericaCky2K

Another great video. You're killing it, Danny.

megagene
megagene

Danny is the only GS staff member who gives me such feels while just talking about video games. 

decebal
decebal

I really miss Unreal Tournament. Deck 16 in UT, Torlan in 2K4... so many memories. There was a time when people were playing shooters just because the mechanics of the game were awesome. Today every time I play a shooter the game fights me and tries to distract me with levels for my character and upgrades for my weapon. It bothers me to the point I loose all motivation to play it. 


amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

A well-rendered solute to you, lords of the game engine.

elanbg
elanbg

Thank you, Epic! Now ... get yourselves together and make some games, will ya!?

Prince Manu
Prince Manu

danny if gamespot wants to make their site more enjoyable why is a country like Ghana where i originate out of it.or do u think there aren't any gamers in Africa.i've been a gamer since my primary days till i completed my degree at the university.i'm on pc and own most of the big titles launched till date i have a game library of over 700GB of games.so u guys should think again.if u want ur site to be better it must be all inclusive and not limited to the states gaming is universal its dynamic and not static.

Prince Manu
Prince Manu

may be its the constraints of juggling two things at once.difficult by all standards.

MrIze
MrIze

I believe this was written on the inside of the Unreal Tournament manual cover:

This is a challenge To anyone who ever Took a man down in a 3D shooter And liked it. This is your last chance To prove that you are the best of the best. This is the gladiatorial arena of the future. This is a single-player trial by fire. A heavy weight deathmatch Championship of the universe For those willing to build a mountain of bodies And climb to the top In environments that stun. Against A.I. that kills. For those willing to stake their lives In the pursuit of victory... We salute you.

That sentence and the game that came with it spawned a love for FPS games in me that lasts to this day. I long for that moment where you were locked in the dance of death on the bridges of Deck-16 - dodging rockets and spraying bullets.

Gigagamer2
Gigagamer2

If they are leaving game development, I can only echo Danny's words. Thank you so much Epic, UT and it's engines were great games during my childhood, and their service to gaming has been immense. UE4 looks excellent, and I hope future iterations are just as awesome.


(also, I hope they don't stop, and other excellent engines are available, but still, Danny made some good points about their probable future) 

Jay2528
Jay2528

I admit I have never been a big fan of the Unreal Engine because so many of the games that use it tend to look the same (with bland art styles and such). The idea that Epic is going to focus more on licensing their engine means we will probably see even more games that look the same. 

I just wish publishers and developers would try some of the other engines that are on the market, at least then we would have more games that looked different from each other (if only slightly).  

dchanland
dchanland

Nice show Danny! A "goodbye and thank you" right now, seems a bit early considering that there is no real information about Epic plans to assume a change like that. I am pretty sure they are working on a new Game in Cary headquarters and I am not saying about Fortnite. But I totally agree with you... with such a powerful engine they could definitely focus on engine and live long and prosper.


Bye and congrats on the great show!

elbauto
elbauto

Good video, so many emotions...

flashn00b
flashn00b

I really hope that they don't stop making video games, since Unreal Tournament has been an awesome way to showcase their engine.


Also, perhaps they might want to revive the cancelled Jazz Jackrabbit 3?

jellystanchina
jellystanchina

First class Danny.  I loved those old days as well. Many a night was it that my friends and I would be playing first person shooters till the whee ours of the morning. Unreal, Doom, Quake, etc..  It has been an amazing art we have watched evolve.  An art with a fun.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

If only it was that company that makes cryengine instead.

tachsniper
tachsniper

I love the Point Danny, it's nice to see a gamer not a journalist talk about games. 

forneverbdocked
forneverbdocked

Is that Lancer rifle in the thumbnail real or photoshopped? If it was real why not hold it in the video? That looks awesome.

LtJef
LtJef

Danny, sometimes you really capture what it means to live a life of gaming.  Well done.  

themc_7
themc_7

I think they bought the franchise so that Sony can't have Gears. 

Urizen316
Urizen316

Damn man, I still play Morpheus with instagib from time to time.

simonmetcalf
simonmetcalf

I still hold out hope that the gaming industry is just distracted by all this MMO bullshit and will get back to making classic games again soon.  Games that require real skill.


Great show!

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

I spent so many hours playing the Unreal Tournament 2003 demo online. My dial up was never sadder.

faizanhd
faizanhd

It's never too late for another UT. In fact , I think all this Titanfall and COD cr@p could be replaced if they refined the old arena style multiplayer. People don't want a particular type of game. They want fun. If they can achieve that with a reinvented UT, they could change MP shooters forever.........................again.

aja26
aja26

don't go! stay and make cool shit!

jecomans
jecomans

It's not often you see a whole stream of posts about a company that is nothing but a display of respect and affection. 

jecomans
jecomans

Epic have never produced a game I particularly liked; but for many years now I've been aware of the debt of gratitude I owe the company, both for the technology they have produced, and for the mechanics their in-house games have introduced or perfected that have leaked into some of my favourites. 

amar1234
amar1234

@cip_raziel  


yea next gen aint here till the engine that powers it is here is agreed!!

amar1234
amar1234

@Andrendenum1  


With so many mods, and shooters and fps outr there, there doesnt seem t0 be any point in making a game like unreal tournament. A game like that would be better of being a mod to an existing engine/game. In fact im surprised no one has so far. If epic games really has gone then maybe the copyright will be gone too, and someone might do it.

nameaprice
nameaprice

@Prince Manu wtf are you talking about? no, SERIOUSLY, WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? maybe playing games in "primary" wasnt such a good idea :-/

amar1234
amar1234

@Jay2528  


The same??? maybe unreal 1 did. but unreal 2 and 3 and now 4 all have very unique looks for their respective games. Still theres plenty of choices out there and publishers do use other engines, you have so many out there , not everyone uses unreal .You have cryengine, frostbite, etc Most big publishers will have their own engines. Unreal is great as it allows low level companies produce modern games with little money.