Epic Games (Fortnite) has announced 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.
Epic Games is offering full creative freedom and ownership. Developers retain 100% of all intellectual property and full creative control of their work.
Epic Games said it will cover up to 100% of development costs, from developer salaries to go-to-market expenses such as QA, localization, marketing, and all publishing costs.
Developers earn a fair share for their work — once costs are recouped, developers earn at least 50% of all profits.
“We’re building the publishing model we always wanted for ourselves when we worked with publishers,” said Tim Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Epic Games.
“gen DESIGN, Remedy, and Playdead are among the most innovative and talented studios in the industry, with strong visions for their next games,” said Hector Sanchez, Head of the new publishing effort. “They will have full creative control, while Epic will provide a solid foundation of project funding and services.”
Additional information, development partners, and games will be announced in the coming months, the company said.
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is the creator of Fortnite, Battle Breakers, Unreal, Gears of War, Shadow Complex, and the Infinity Blade series of games. Epic’s Unreal Engine technology, the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D platform, is freely available at unrealengine.com. The Epic Games Store offers a handpicked library of games, available at epicgames.com.
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