Developers of Fortnite and Unreal Engine, Epic Games, will be publishing “AAA games” from three developers: Remedy Entertainment, Playdead, and genDESIGN.
Remedy is known for Control. Playdead with Limbo. And genDESIGN with The Last Guardian.
According to Epic, they are setting up a developer-first platform. Developers will retain 100% of all rights and full creative control. Epic said that they will cover for everything: Game development, salary, marketing, and so forth. Once the game hits the shelves, and once it reached the same numbers of cost, Epic said profits will then be split 50/50, allowing creators to “earn a fair share for their work.”
Epic Games is on a roll here. Last year they released their own Epic Games Store that provided 88% revenue for developers while Epic only gets to keep 12%. It’s a far cry from Steam’s 30% cut (25% if the game makes $10-million, and 20% if it makes $50-million.) This is an obvious move on Epic’s part to convince more developers to invest on their platform. Epic also provides free games on a scheduled basis, titles such as Assassins’ Creed Syndicate, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, and Remedy’s Control, were released in the past for free and players get to keep them forever. This is an obvious move to attract more people to use the Epic Games Store as their go-to platform, and ultimately, get them to play Fortnite. Or, at least, get them to think about Unreal Engine if they’re aspiring to be game developers.
Epic Games said they will be announcing more games from developers in the coming months.