According to Engadget, Epic Games Publishing is focusing its strength on two independent studios with many important goals. Epic has signed on to Eyes Out, the brand new studio founded by Spec Ops: The Line director Cory Davis and Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck, in addition to Spry Fox, a developer. award-winning indie veteran known for games like Cozy Grove, Alphabear, and Road Not Taken.
Epic invests in independent studios to develop games
Eyes Out has a staff full of creative energy, but they haven’t had a chance to prove it yet. The staff are still working on their first horror game. Eyes Out also received an Epic MegaGrant in 2019. About Spry Fox, the studio’s most ambitious project is described as a “non-violent multiplayer game designed to encourage friendship.” . It will come to cross-platform and support cross-play and cross-progress.
As a game publisher, Epic offers to cover 100% of all development costs, and when a game launches and sells for a lot of money, the contracted studio will receive at least 50% of the total. profit. Epic has no creative control over partner games, and developers retain intellectual property rights to their work. Epic previously signed with studios Remedy Entertainment, Playdead and genDESIGN in March 2020.
“We are open to publishing a wide variety of games from the most talented developers, and the studios we are working with are creating many exciting and ambitious games. They will have our full support including Epic’s publishing and advertising services, resources and experience, they need to focus solely on making the best games possible.”, head Epic Games Publishing, Hector Sanchez, told Engadget.
Epic has always identified itself as a developer’s publisher, emphasizing its creative control and financial backing of its studios. In addition to direct release deals, Epic also offers free access to the Unreal Engine, a powerful game development toolkit.