38 Studios owned Big Huge Games (who developed Kingdoms of Amalur) and was recently closed, as we told you about in the collapse of 38 Studios. The employees at Big Huge Games are about get some help from Epic Games.
A number of the leadership team at Big Huge Games reached out to Epic and pitched the idea of a new studio that would develop Epic-owned IP. This has led to the news that Epic will be opening a new studio in Baltimore, Maryland that will be staffed predominantly by former employees of Big Huge Games.
Mike Capps said in a blog post that, “Epic was thinking about opening a new studio, but needed an abundance of proven talent to make it work.” This situation was a perfect match, but it is going to take time to find space and get it set up; but in the meantime, Epic is going to try to get some of these people working in Cary, North Carolina as contractors, as they have already been without a paycheck too long.
As for what they might be working on and how many people Epic will hire for the new Baltimore studio is still up in the air, and they will need some time to figure everything out. The news is good, however, and perhaps at least some of the talent at Big Huge will continue to stay together to make games. That fact alone is a good thing.