The fallout of the 38 Studios closure will also affect its Baltimore-based subsidiary, Big Huge Games, which has struggled to weather as much of the storm as possible to keep a sinking ship afloat. Now a fellow Baltimore studio, Epic Games, has offered a helping hand to former BHG staff with contract positions. The best part, however, is that Epic has put into motion a plan for a new studio that will be used to realize new projects with the help of BHG talent.
How did all go down? Instead of crying over the bitter reality, the former leads at BHG went to work coming up with plans to turn things around, including getting in touch with Epic Games with a proposal. As it turns out, Epic was mulling over how it could possible get new projects off the ground that very same morning. Epic's president Mike Capps explains:
"On Wednesday, the ex-BHG leadership team contacted us. They wanted to start a new company and keep together some of the key talent displaced by the layoff, and hoped that they could use an Epic IP as a starting point for a new game. We loved that they all wanted to keep working together, but it was pretty clear they’d have trouble building a demo and securing funding before their personal savings ran out.
"In one of life’s coincidences, Epic’s directors had spent the morning discussing how we’d love to build even more successful projects with our growing team, but that we’d need a dramatic infusion of top talent to do so. Which, we all knew, was impossible.
"So now we’re planning to start an impossible studio in Baltimore."
The plan is still in its infancy, and there is still much Epic will need to work out to even get the contract work going in the meantime. But it's great to see Epic go out of its way to lend a helping hand to a fellow studio. According to Capps, Epic isn't the only one: Zynga East, Zenimax Online and other local studios have expressed interest in offering positions to displaced BHG talent.