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Epic working on high-end console game

Three projects also include Fortnite, mobile title

Epic Games has three games in development: Fortnite, a mobile game, and a high-end title meant to show off the new generation of consoles.

Epic founder Tim Sweeney told Edge that Fortnite, which takes cues from Minecraft and Gears of War's horde mode, is the furthest along of the three.

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While Fortnite is meant to show off the mechanical versatility of Unreal Engine 4, the unannounced console game will be closer to what Gears of War did for Unreal Engine 3:

"It's going to push next-generation graphics as you'd always expect Epic to do," Sweeney said, declining to comment further. An Epic Games developer showed some concept art for what he claimed was a new IP at GDC last month, which may be related.

Sweeney brought up the two unannounced games in response to speculation that Epic was shifting its focus away from games and toward support for the Unreal Engine. The two are inseparable, Sweeney said, with more than 100 Epic engineers working on the engine and more than 100 Epic game developers collaborating at any time.

However, Sweeney noted that Epic is working to meet the industry's shifting needs.

"The industry's changing - this generation it seems like there are about a third of the number of triple-A titles in development across the industry as there was last time around - and each one seems to have about three times the budget of the previous generation," Sweeney said. "I think we're heading towards a future where triple-A is the minority."

The empty spaces between those releases will be filled by more and more indie developers - which Epic is targeting with its new Unreal Engine subscription model.

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