Epic Games Launches New Seattle-Based Studio

In a brutal economic climate that has seen more than its fair share of layoffs, closures and failures, it’s tempting to think that the industry might be teetering on the brink of another 1983. Fortunately, there are plenty of examples of things going horribly right to tide us over the long winter of the end of the current generation of consoles. And interestingly, Epic Games seems to be trying single-handedly to make them happen.

We’ve already seen how they resurrected the former Big Huge Games in the form of a new studio, Impossible Games. And today, they’ve announced the creation of a brand new studio in Seattle. Epic Seattle will be “initially focused on engineering efforts” for the Unreal Engine 4, to which end Epic is currently hiring developers. Of course, what this really means is that next PAX Prime is going to have a hell of a lot more people.

Job listings can be found here.

Here’s the full press release:

Epic Games Launches New Seattle Studio

Seattle arm to accelerate Unreal Engine 4 development efforts

CARY, N.C. (September 6, 2012) – Epic Games, Inc. announces the establishment of a new Seattle studio, which will be initially focused on engineering efforts for its award-winning Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) technology. As of today, Epic is recruiting developers to work on its latest technological projects.

Epic is searching for exceptional programmers and support staff to collaborate with its engineering group, which maintains a median industry experience of 12 years. Epic is especially looking to hire senior-level talent specializing in online game services and the infrastructure to support them. Job listings for Epic’s Seattle office can be found at http://www.epicgames.com/careers/seattle.

“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,” said Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps. “We are looking to hire even more of the best engineers around to contribute to Unreal Engine 4, which we believe is set to change the way we all make games.”

The Unreal Engine, which has been commercially available and continually evolving since the mid-1990s, has been licensed for hundreds of popular games. Unreal Engine 3 (UE3), which operates on nine platforms, has been licensed to develop more than 300 games since 2006, when Epic shipped the original “Gears of War” game. UE4, revealed earlier this year, recently won IGN’s “Coolest Tech” Best of E3 2012 award, Game Informer’s “Best Tech” E3 2012 award and GamesRadar’s “Best Taste of Next Gen” E3 award.

About Unreal Engine

Developed by Epic Games, the award-winning Unreal Engine is known for its cutting-edge graphics, best-of-breed toolset and scalability across major platforms. Operating on nine platforms, including PC, consoles and mobile devices, Unreal Engine 3 is designed to accelerate developers’ productivity for creating high-quality games, applications, training simulations, 3D visualizations, digital films and animated entertainment. Powering hundreds of games and integrated with two dozen leading middleware technologies, Unreal Engine 3 holds more than 20 technology awards, including seven Game Developer Front Line Awards and five Develop Industry Excellence Awards. The Unreal Engine also holds a seat in the Front Line Awards Hall of Fame. Epic recently revealed Unreal Engine 4, which offers unprecedented workflow improvements and graphical capabilities that provide unparalleled accessibility for developers building the next generation of games and applications. For additional information, please visit http://www.unrealengine.com.

About Epic Games

Established in 1991, Epic Games, Inc. develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company is responsible for the bestselling “Unreal” series of games, the blockbuster “Gears of War” franchise and the groundbreaking “Infinity Blade” line of mobile games. Epic’s award-winning Unreal Engine technology has won dozens of awards and is available for licensing. Epic is continually recruiting top talent for its studios located in North Carolina, Washington, Utah, Maryland, Poland, Korea and Japan. Additional information about Epic can be obtained at http://www.epicgames.com.

Epic, Epic Games, Gears of War, Infinity Blade, Unreal, Unreal Developer Network, UDN, Unreal Development Kit, UDK, Unreal Engine, UE3, UE4 and Unreal Tournament are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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