When Mike Capps retired from Epic Games last December, a transition into a non-leadership role that included Capps in the company's future began. As of next Monday, that transition has ended -- rather abruptly -- and Capps will no longer be affiliated with Epic Games. Instead, Capps will focus on his work with several industry boards, advocating for games in Washington, and looking forward to soon being a father.
Here's a portion of Capps official statement, taken from his Facebook page:
"When we announced that I wanted to transition out of my leadership role at Epic, the plan was for a continued but less active role, service on the board of directors, and ideally, being that eccentric semi-retired guy who still comes to playtests and gold parties. I’m sad to say that plans have changed, and as of February 11th, I’m no longer affiliated with Epic Games."
Unfortunately, it reads as if Mike Capps was forced out his role at Epic Games, marked by his lack of interest in quickly returning to work in the industry. As President at Epic Games, Capps presided over the developer of many games from Unreal Tournament to Gear of War. His departure will likely lead to a shift in direction for the company, whether for better or worse.
Hopefully Epic Games next ten years will be as successful as the ten years they had Mike Capps. We wish him the best in his future endeavors, though we secretly hope he'll return soon in order to start cracking out even more great games with someone new.