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Epic Games: We are building a competitive online action game

Job listing reveals previously undisclosed project

Gears of War studio Epic Games has entered pre-production on a new, unannounced, competitive online action game, a newly published job vacancy has revealed.

The project includes "player progression, heavy itemisation, and a dynamic economy" according to the data published on Epic Games' jobs site. The game is being developed by a "small team" as it enters pre-production; a suggestion that the final build is years away.

Epic Games and its flagship tech, Unreal Engine 4, were both notable by their absence at E3 this year. No major projects, aside from the PC game Fortnite, have been revealed, and only a handful of games studios have so far announced their intention to use Unreal Engine 4.

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Electronic Arts, once a major licensee of Unreal Engine, appears to be turning to its proprietary Frostbite Engine 2 for internal triple-A projects.

In June last year, China's social games empire Tencent purchased 40 per cent of Epic Games for $330 million - a deal which the developer initially claimed was a "minority stake" acquisition.

Since the buyout, a string of key executives have left the company, from Mike Capps to Cliff Bleszinski to Rod Fergusson and, as recent as Tuesday, the Gears of War Judgement producer Chris Wynn.

A trio of senior developers who worked at Epic Games' Poland studio, People Can Fly, departed in October, four months before the studio closed its Infinity Blade developer Impossible Studios.

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