ControlSource: 505 Games

What you need to know

  • Epic Games seems like it's expanding its publishing business.
  • Today, the team revealed it was working with a number of acclaimed developers.
  • The biggest ones would have to be gen DESIGN and Remedy Entertainment.
  • Both developers have worked on phenomenal games like The Last Guardian and Control.

Epic Games is the team behind the popular free-to-play Fornite and has had a lot of success with it over the years. The company is expanding its publishing business and today, announced new projects with the developers of The Last Guardian, Control, and Inside. More information about these projects should be revealed soon.

The company said the following in a press release. It seems like they're quite fair given the risk Epic Games is taking by fully funding some projects.

Today, Epic Games is announcing a new multiplatform publishing effort with a developer-first approach. gen DESIGN (The Last Guardian), Playdead (Inside, Limbo), and Remedy Entertainment (Control) are the first partners to announce relationships with Epic Games Publishing. The Epic Games approach to publishing fundamentally changes the developer-publisher model, and aims to have the most developer-friendly terms in the industry, so that creators can focus on making great games... Developers retain 100 percent of all intellectual property and full creative control of their work... Epic Games Publishing will cover up to 100 percent of development costs, from developer salaries to go-to-market expenses... Developers earn a fair share for their work... developers earn at least 50 percent of all profits.

Hector Sanchez, Head of Epic Games Publishing said the following, reaffirming that the developer keeps the rights to the games they develop.

gen DESIGN, Remedy, and Playdead are among the most innovative and talented studios in the industry, with strong visions for their next games. They will have full creative control, while Epic will provide a solid foundation of project funding and services.

While many see the Epic Games Store as not as advanced at Steam, these new initiatives are game-changers for the industry. Usually, publishers keep the rights to games. Hopefully, this is going to change going forward because a major company like Epic Games isn't going to do so.

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