38 Studios’ former Maryland staff launches Impossible StudiosAugust 9th, 2012 at 2:08 pm by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
Epic Games Inc. announced Thursday it’s opened Impossible Studios, a new division that employs developers who used to work for Big Huge Games, which was 38 Studios’ Baltimore studio until the company collapsed in May.
“We were so glad we could help keep this great team together, and we’re lucky to have them,” Epic Games President Michael Capps said in a statement. “At the time, I said that finding a full team of superstars was ‘impossible’ and apparently the name stuck!”
Sean Dunn, who was Big Huge Games’ studio general manager, will be studio director at Impossible. The new company is based in Hunt Valley, Md., not far from the old studio’s former home in Timonium, Md. Their first game will be an iPhone and iPad title called “Infinity Blade: Dungeons,” due out this fall.
“Epic Games has truly embraced this stellar collection of developers who were displaced by the closing of Big Huge Games,” Dunn said in a statement. “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 already had ties to 38 Studios and Big Huge Games.
In a decision Wednesday allowing the R.I. Economic Development Corporation to sell off 38 Studios’ assets, a federal judge barred the agency from selling “collateral containing any Epic Games Inc. software without Epic’s consent or order of the state court with jurisdiction over the receivership after prior notice to Epic.”
Update: Separately, Governor Chafee’s office announced Thursday afternoon that Richard J. Land, a lawyer with the firm Chace Ruttenberg & Freedman LLP, has been named 38 Studios’ receiver in Rhode Island. His colleagues include Allan Shine, who in 2010 explained why receivership is so common in the state.