Epic Games working on five new titles

Not Gears of War-related, says Capps.

Epic Games is working on five new games that have nothing to do with Gears of War, president Mike Capps has revealed.

Each of the games are in varying stages of development.

"It's nice to target the PC as a primary platform again," teased Capps, "not just for ports."

The revelation was made during a presentation at Gamescom in Germany today. Responding to an audience question, Capps suggested these five titles maybe smaller in scope than, say, the Gears of War projects.

"At Epic we didn't multiply the studio size by five when we started workig on these multiple projects," answered Capps, "so you can make some assumptions about the size of those projects".

Capps went on to suggest that companies need smaller-sized projects to counter-balance the big-bucks, high-stakes blockbusters.

"Everyone knows the middle class is disappearing from the console business," he said. "Gears of War I hope will do really well, but a pretty good game doesn't make its money back any more. A game like Homefront sells a couple of million copies and they close the studio, right?

"That's not enough any more. That's pretty depressing. You don't want to see what happens to an industry where it's Call of Duty, Halo and Gears and no-one else has enough money to make any games any more. That's not a fun industry.

"I can't bet my entire company every time I make a game," declared Capps. "That's a really dangerous business."

GamesIndustry.biz reporter Dan Pearson attended the speech.

Epic Games-owned studio Chair has already promised to make Shadow Complex 2. That Chair will also follow-up its success with Infinity Blade on iOS devices is also probable.

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