Epic Games closes Impossible Studios
posted on 02.08.13 at 04:35 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"It wasn't working out for Epic," says founder.

Epic Games has closed Impossible Studios, its Maryland-based developer established in August last year to develop Infinity Blade: Dungeons for iOS.

“When former members of Big Huge Games approached Epic last year, we saw the opportunity to help a great group of people while putting them to work on a project that needed a team,” said Epic Games founder Tim Sweeny in a statement. “It was a bold initiative and the Impossible folks made a gallant effort, but ultimately it wasn’t working out for Epic.”

Epic will provide Impossible Studios employees three months of severance pay and give them the opportunity to form a new company with the same name and logo.

As a result of the studio’s closure, Infinity Blade: Dungeons development has been put “on hold” until Epic figures out the future of the project.

  • Acidicsam

    So…I guess Epic just got in a bit over there head funding a brand new company…?

    Or…what?

  • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

    That was quick -_-

    • KurisuMakise

      Disappointed in Epic, good karma wasted.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I am disappoint. Not that I’d have played Infinity Blade anyway, but it sucks that this happened so quickly. I hope that they do stay open as an independent studio. Some talented folks there.

  • Raiyu

    Wow that sucks…and the company was only put together a few months ago :/

  • Ramza Beoulve

    man times r hard its never good news
    to close a studio these times we’re livin in :(

  • DesmaX

    B-But
    Their logo is a Bear with wings. They can’t shut down something that awesome

    • Skerj

      You forgot the horn man, you forgot the horn.

  • Barrit

    B-But that’s impossible!

    • YangTerlupakan

      Yeah that imposibble because this happen twist for same staff

      Some staff from Imposibble studio is from 38 Studio who also shut down after release there first (also the last) game, KINGDOM OF AMALUR

      and now the situation is same but more worst, the studio shut down when there first game not even release

  • Dean Winchester

    Damn. Why couldnt Epic close down instead?

    • Luna Kazemaru

      because people losing their jobs is always good news. What a fucking dick

      • Dean Winchester

        Alert alert. We have a liberal here. Alert alert.

        I didnt say this was good news for anyone but if a studio had to shut down I would rather it be one that has aHoles working for it.

        As for your last comment, that aspect of my person is what your mom appreciates most about me ;)
        Tell I said hey and that I promise to pay her next week.

        • Locksus

          Mom jokes? Really? Oh, man.

          • Dean Winchester

            I deal with a Jester purely in jest. Nothing more.
            Someone that is that overly serious and self righteous on the web doesnt warrant an actual serious response.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Lol your mom jokes? Yeah I can tell you are a fucking joke as much as your bad grammar.

          • Dean Winchester

            Bad grammar?

            Says the guy dropping F-bombs on a gaming site.

            Your mom must be proud :)

            • Luna Kazemaru

              yeah she is very proud I’m alive today. ;3

  • Haku_Luvs_You

    … I’ve never heard of this studio, but damn that logo is freaking awesome!

    • uhawww

      Impossible was made up of the remnants of Big Huge Games, the dev caught up in the 38 Studios debacle.
      Yes, these guys have been through the wringer and back in the past 6 months…

  • weyou

    IMPOSSIBLE!

  • syaznifaiq

    and people still said that Japanese games developers/publisher struggle in this gen while actually its the other way around

  • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

    This is awful news. Kudos to epic for trying to make this work out. I just find this a bit silly. If they didn’t think it was going to work out, then why bother in the first place? If you open a new studio etc, I’d like to think a good business strategy would be involved. You know, something more concrete. This just isn’t working out doesn’t sound very professional at all.

    You know… I’m starting to think Epic has kinda dropped down a notch. Both Rod Fergusson and Cliffy B left the company. Both of those guys were kinda the face of Epic this generation.

    Where do they go from here in that regard? Who becomes the new face of epic games? It’s tough to just replace talent like that.

    • Rezar

      I bet they left because there is something going on at Epic Games that we don’t know about. Honestly who knows at this point.

  • Marco Tinè

    Maybe we’ll never know exactly why this is happening, but there’s a chance that Epic is not the problem here. In 6 months there has never been a single status update on Infinity Blade: Dungeons, which leads me to think the game development wasn’t progressing as planned. What if Impossible Games kept missing their milestones, struggling with a development style they were not familiar with? Maybe it was them who said “yes, we can do it no problem” in the first place…

    • Elvick

      And maybe Epic had unreasonable time frames for their development. Wouldn’t really be the first time, look at Gameloft’s controversy over it.

      We’ll never know, sans a scorned employee at some point spilling the beans.

      Personally don’t feel it’s worth worrying about. Just hope these guys get a job that lasts soon.

  • http://xcite79.1up.com Keegs79

    amazing how people can bash Epic without knowing the whole story. How hard is it to believe it wasn’t working for them. Epic gave them a chance and eve giving them 3 months severance pay. If it wasn’t working for them, obviously it wasn’t. If I have a company, I would do the same if its not working out. I don’t want to go in the red just for sympathy. Your not dragging me down with you especially if I can do it better in the first place.

  • http://xcite79.1up.com Keegs79

    Oh stop crying about Epic. They made their business decision. Why should they allow themselves me pulled down with them. You do what is financially beneficial and the best for your product. It wasn’t working out. This happens a lot and yes even Japan. If it wasn’t working out, it wasn’t. Simple as that. They wouldn’t do it without good cause when they already put money in them and now they are getting severance pay.