Epic Games Working On A New IP Possibly Based On The Samaritan
A long time ago in an article far, far away (which is actually available right here) we showed you something called The Samaritan. By all accounts it was a catastrophically pretty tech demo for what Unreal Engine 3 was capable of back in 2011. It was intended to be a glimpse of what “next-gen” should look like. Congratulations to you, Epic, because you guys weren’t far off.
One of the things that many said after watching the video is that it had the makings of a game. There was this interesting character, an awesome setting, some intrigue regarding his special abilities and stunning visuals to boot. Granted, those are the barest bones for what is needed to craft a game. Hell, those wouldn’t even make a skeleton but there was clearly something there.
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During a panel at this year’s GDC, Epic games announced that they were working on a new IP using what at first appeared to be character art from the Samaritan tech demo. You’ll have to use your imagination but the resemblance is not unnoticeable.
Polygon reports that during a panel called “Animation Bootcamp: Animation Prototyping for Games,” Epic’s lead animator Jay Hosfelt confirmed that the new IP would be developed and released without a publisher and showed character art that resembled the hero in the studio’s Unreal Engine 4 “Samaritan” tech demo.
However, this is the part where we pull the rug out from under you because it has nothing to do with the Samaritan.
Paul Meegan, who handles games, tech and publishing at Epic Games confirmed on Twitter that the game had nothing to do with the Samaritan demo.
“We love that people are excited about our unannounced game, but it’s entirely new and has nothing to do with the Samaritan demo.”
Regardless, the game will be developed without a publisher and you can check out the original tech demo up top.
This could be a smokescreen to prevent people from expecting the game to look like a tech demo until Epic has soemthing tangible to show the public or it could just be the plain and simple truth. You decide.