Epic Games has revealed that it plans to employ as many ex Big Huge Games staff as possible, as it sets up a new studio in Baltimore.
Big Huge Games released Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, but then ran into huge financial trouble before shutting in May.
According to Epic's president Mike Capps, members of the Big Huge Games leadership team contacted Epic to say they wanted to form a new studio and have it be an Epic IP. That wish, in some part, appears to be coming true, as Epic was actively looking to hire a lot of new talent.
"It'll take a while to find space, set up desks and PCs, purchase sufficient Nerf weaponry and Dr. Pepper, etc. But some of these folks have been going too long without a paycheck to wait for that. So, as soon as we can, we're going to try to get people working down here at Epic headquarters in Cary, NC as contractors," wrote Capps.
"There's a million things to work out. How many of the team can we hire? What will it be called? What will they be working on? We don't know all the answers yet. Please give us some time to figure it out; we hope to have more to share soon.
"The way we see it," he added, "there's been a big storm in Baltimore, and we're taking in a few of the refugees - as are the awesome folks at Zynga East, Zenimax Online, and other southeastern studios. Epic's in a situation where we can do this, and it very clearly fits with our company values, so we're going to give it a whirl."