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Epic Games president Mike Capps retires

Epic Games president Mike Capps is retiring after 10 years with the Gears of War and Unreal studio. While he plans to retain an advisory role and continue to serve on its board of directors, he said he looks forward to spending more time at home with his wife and new son on the way.

"After dedicating a decade of my life to Epic, and with so many close friends here, it’s impossible to just walk away," Capps said in a farewell blog post. "I absolutely love this company. If you cut me, I think I probably bleed nanoblack and Imulsion. (Wow, just think about what mixing those would do…) Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney and other board members asked me to stay on the board, and I’m thrilled to do so as I’m truly excited about our future games and Unreal Engine 4.

"As I mentioned above, I’ll continue to be available as a resource to Epic, to provide context or advice where I can. Whatever I can do to help in Epic’s success, I’m in! I’ve got great confidence in our executive team – VP of Development Paul Meegan is new to our Raleigh HQ, but we’ve worked with him for years, and I can only contemplate this retirement knowing that he and VP of Operations John Farnsworth can manage development better than I ever did."

Capps is the third in a line of major talent departures for the studio. Design director Cliff Bleszinski ended his 20-year career with the studio in October, and production director Rod Fergusson left in August to join Irrational Games' work on BioShock Infinite.

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3 comments

  • alex-roy-bristol - December 5, 2012 6:01 a.m.

    Please don't die Epic... :'c If you and THQ go, who will provide me with my FUN?! :O 343 may be my last hope... OUR last hope. Granted, 343 kicks multiple asses as once, but, still.
  • Kyo - December 5, 2012 7:17 a.m.

    This isn't right.... so we have all kinds of studios dying out left and right.. and several more that are apparently on their way to that otherworld.. but now even the successful dev studios like Epic are losing their strongest people? I just don't see how the gaming industry is going to continue at this rate. It's like people hate to be successful at what they do now. Cliff B "I don't want to be remembered as the guy that made a gun with a chainsaw on it" and now even hideo kojima said "I don't want to be known as the MGS guy"... WTH!?!? I'm young.. so it's not like I can speak, but what happened to the days where people were proud of the crap they had accomplished and kept it going as long as possible? lol
  • jackthemenace - December 8, 2012 6:33 a.m.

    Ah christ, Epic have lost THREE big names now? Still, maybe Epic can do a Clover, and rise out of their ashes to create the western shooter equivalent of Platinum. (Saying that, if Hideo Kojima and Hideki Kamiya ever stop doing game stuff, I'm quitting existence)

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