The developer studio Epic Games is primarily known for the Unreal Engine and the Epic Games Store, now the company is going into publishing. So far, Epic has only done this in individual cases, now it should become a separate business area. The first three partners are the developer studios Remedy Entertainment (Control), Gen Design (The Last Guardian) and Playdead (Limbo, Inside).
Specifically, Epic Games Publishing wants to fully pre-finance and support the next studio project, from salaries to quality assurance and marketing costs. After publication, Epic Games and the respective partner will each receive half of the winnings as soon as the funds provided by Epic Games have been collected.
The studios should have complete creative freedom and retain the rights to their brands and content. This is very important for many developers – and often a reason not to work with other large publishers because they usually want to have the trademark rights. Otherwise, the conditions of Epic Games are extremely fair for the gaming industry.
"We use the business model we always wanted when we were working with publishers", comments Tim Sweeney, founder and boss of Epic Games. What games the cooperation is about will only be announced in the next few months.
The Finnish-based Remedy Entertainment have just released the expansion The Foundation for the PC and Playstation 4 version of the action game Control. For the Xbox One, the add-on will follow on June 25, 2020.
The Japanese developer Gen Design and Playdead from Denmark are working on new games. No information is available on the Gen Design project. Playdead is working on a still nameless one "3rd person science fiction adventure set in a remote corner of the galaxy".