Studios getting closed down is not something that happens infrequently in the video game industry. There's at least a handful a year, and 2013 is no different. What is a little surprising, however, is the amount of time that the latest casualty got to exist. Epic Games has announced that they're closing Impossible Games. For those following along, that's the studio formed from the ashes of Big Huge Games last June. Yes, this is the second time they've been canned within a year.
Cliff Bleszinski, self-proclaimed Tony Stark of the video games industry and better known to the world as CliffyB, has left Epic Games after 20 years of hard work. Bleszinski is known for his influence on and recent association with the Gears of War games, but his biggest accomplishment is likely the establishment of the Unreal franchise. Now that both he and the BioWare co-founders are out of the picture, it looks like it might be time for someone else to step up to the mic.
Today, during the Adobe Max 2011 event, Epic Game's Tim Sweeney made an interesting announcement pretty much out of left field. No, he doesn't have the iPhone 5, but Unreal Engine 3 can run in Flash. By extension, games like Gears of War 3, Unreal Tournament 3, Batman: Arkham City, and even Saw II: Flesh & Blood, can theoretically run in a browser. Granted, when running in Flash, Unreal Engine 3 won't look as good as it might in more traditional scenarios, but just take a moment to think about the sort of graphics you usually see in browser-based games. With any luck, you will soon be able to watch your FarmVille grass grow in 3D.