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Epic doubtful about Vita, not keen on “port-itis”

Wednesday, 7th December 2011 22:28 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Gears of War developer Epic Games doesn’t feel the need to appear on every bit of hardware available.

“We’re not currently making a Vita game; I’m not sure how well it’s going to be accepted in our Western market which is primarily where our games sell,” Epic president Mike Capps told GamesIndustry.

“It’s a really cool platform, but I have a phone, and it’s really hard to compete with that. So I’m not sure if it will be successful or not, I hope they are, it’s good for the games industry.”

Although it won’t be making its own Vita game just yet, Epic has investigated the tech and worked support for the new handheld into the Unreal Engine.

“We were, I think, one of the very first people to get one and work with it and we were on stage at the launch, because we have a lot of licensees who are curious about it and so we did the first part,” Capps continued.

“But we can’t really fully support that platform unless we’re shipping our own games, that’s how we know we know that platform, and it’s really important for us to do that. And so with Vita we’re not planning on shipping a game and so that means we’re pretty honest with folks and say ‘you can have the Vita code we’ve got but this is not the same as us having shipped on Xbox or iPhone.’ It’s the same business decision I think that anybody makes, is this a platform for me?”

Epic has traditionally been quick to support new hardware with tech demos and engine support, and has been a visible presence in Vita marketing.

“But that’s very different from saying we’re going to do a launch title, which would be huge support, but costly in terms of poor install base on the platform,” Capps explained.

“The first year is always bad, it’s always hard, and so we just prefer to wait. And with Xbox we shipped a year after it came out and had a better install base.”

Epic doesn’t feel the need, in general, to have games on every possible platform.

“My god, if you make World Of Warcraft and you also have to have an Xbox version, you won’t ship World Of Warcraft,” the executive pointed out.

“And there’s a lot of great entertainment that’s a really good fit for the phone, but, Infinity Blade on the Xbox? Maybe it would be cool with Kinect, but I think it’s great where it is.

“And then you get port-itis, which really irritates the hell out of, well, you pick! PC gamers hate it, console gamers hate it.”

Thanks, Shack.

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  1. Lounds

    How much did m$ pay you?

    Epics colours will change when COD is put on vita. I’m not even a fan of it anymore but COD alone could help sell shit loads of vita’s. M$ think Windows phone is good, I think its wank.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. KAP

    Epic IOS title announcement in 5…. 4…. 3…. 2….

    I could never understand when the gaming industry or community fight among them selfs with such concerns as this.. I mean the more people and devs who support games and hardware as a whole the better it is for us (gamers) all right? …. Right???

    Where was epic when the hype for the 3DS was in hypermode? hmmmm…

    M$. You fuckers.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Epic, shut your pie hole and start working on Unreal tournament 4 already =/ Please?

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Gama_888

    @1, 2 & 3
    Did you read the article?
    To me it sounds like Epic is being very respectfull of Vita, And that one comment seems to have made a headline?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. JimFear-666

    i guess they would say something different if the vita would be from Microsoft.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. daytripper

    i dont get some of you and the mindset you entail on here, look @5 from your post the other day i would bet that privately you would be delighted with a epic vita game

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Talyis

    I don’t think they realize but the more quality games released on Vita the more it would sell! There just like Bethesda and Activision all up M$ ass!

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Dannybuoy

    I like the first related post title :-). Anyway, Vita can’t compete with his phone?? His phone has dual analogue sticks?

    #8 3 years ago