After long-standing development studio Big Huge Games imploded following an incredibly tough period of time for parent company 38 Studios, it was extremely heart-warming to see the outpouring of goodwill and aid to former employees of both companies.
As soon as news of massive layoffs at Big Huge and 38 Studios broke, other studios in the US and around the world offered places for the hundreds of displaced talented developers. One of the safe havens turned out to be Epic Games which has today announced the formation of Impossible Studios in Maryland.
According to Epic, Impossible Studios is made up of “former employees of Big Huge Games, creators of the renowned ‘Rise of Nations’ strategy games, ‘Catan’ for Xbox LIVE Arcade, ‘Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties’ for PC, and ‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning,” and was founded in June.
The developer’s first project is to be the iOS role-playing game, Infinity Blade: Dungeons, which will be led by studio director Sean Dunn, with lead designer Ian Frazier and author Brandon Sanderson attached to the project, too. Epic Games and ChAIR will collaborate on Dungeons.
Studio director Sean Dunn commented on the company’s formation:
“Epic Games has truly embraced this stellar collection of developers who were displaced by the closing of Big Huge Games. They have looked after us with complete care, giving us all the tools and resources we need to make a lot of gamers happy.”
Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps also provided comment, saying:
“We were so glad we could help keep this great team together, and we’re lucky to have them. At the time, I said that finding a full team of superstars was ‘impossible’ and apparently the name stuck!
“Pairing the imagination and experience of Impossible with Epic’s technology, IP and resources makes for a business greater than the sum of its parts.”
Impossible Studios joins the worldwide family of studios under the Epic network, which now includes ChAIR Entertainment (Utah), People Can Fly (Poland), Epic Games Korea and Epic Games Japan.