Epic Games Reveals Multi-Developer Publishing Deal

Epic Games is working with several developers to publish their games across multiple platforms with Gen Design, Playdead, and Remedy Entertainment being the first ones to sign. “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.

Right off the bat, Epic has some massive talented studios lined up to work with Epic Games Publishing. Remedy released the mind-bending and entertaining Control last year with new content out this week. Gen Design is the studio behind 2016’s The Last Guardian, a PlayStation 4 exclusive about a boy and his bird-like Guardian, and Playdead, the studio behind both Limbo and Inside.

Remedy Entertainment confirmed that they had signed a publishing agreement with Epic for the company’s two next unannounced video games, with Epic fully funding development with a 50% share of the net revenue from sales, and also retaining the games’ rights.

One game is a AAA multi-platform title, while the second game is a smaller-scale project set within the same franchise. Both are developed in Remedy’s Northlight engine.

Here is the model Epic Games Publishing offers to potential clients:

  • Full creative freedom and ownership. Developers retain 100 percent of all intellectual property and full creative control of their work.
  • Fully-funded projects. Epic Games Publishing will cover up to 100 percent of development costs, from developer salaries to go-to-market expenses such as QA, localization, marketing, and all publishing costs.
  • 50 / 50 profit sharing. Developers earn a fair share for their work — once costs are recouped, developers earn at least 50 percent of all profits.