With id Software being handed off to ZeniMax Media, the same company who owns Bethesda Softworks, and 3D Realms laying off almost everyone at the company, it's only natural people have started wondering about another staple from the shareware era: Epic Games. Epic design director Cliff Blezsinski brushed aside the idea of Epic Games selling out in a recent interview with Develop magazine, however.
"We’re doing fine as is right now," said Blezsinski. "The Unreal Engine is extremely prolific, Gears [of War] is a success and I’ve got like five projects going on right now, all a guarantee that we’ll keep the lights on for years to come."
Bleszinski is right, though. The company has no reason to align themselves permanently with anyone but themselves at the moment. Epic is one of the most successful independent studios in the world, capable of brokering deals on their own terms with the biggest publishers around. The moment that becomes an issue, it would only take a few moments for someone to pull out a check book. No rush.