Another high profile Epic Games departure: Mike Capps follows CliffyB, GearsViking into wilderness

Studio president to remain on developer's board of directors

Epic Games president Mike Capps has become the latest heavyweight to depart the Gears of War household, after 10 years on the job.

Capps suggests that he may quit games development altogether, and return to his previous profession of teacher. He'll remain on the company's board of directors in some capacity.


"After dedicating a decade of my life to Epic, and with so many close friends here, it's impossible to just walk away. I absolutely love this company," the Epic veteran said in a prepared statement (via CVG). "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."

This is the third major figure to retire from Epic this year. Outspoken creative director Cliff Bleszinski downed tools in October, stating that he intended to take a holiday. Director of production Rod Fergusson jumped ship for Irrational Games in August. In addition, a number of key staff have left Epic subsidiary and Gears of War: Judgment developer People Can Fly.

What does all this bode for Epic's well-publicised plans to conquer the next generation middleware market, do you think?