I’m surprised no one at Waypoints has anything to say about the recent deal Epic just announced. This past week, Epic Games announced they’ll be the publisher behind some of the games industry’s most prolific developers, genDESIGN (Ueda and many former Team ICO, The Last Guardian), Playdead (Inside), and Remedy (Control). Below is the announcement video in case anyone missed it.
It just struck me as odd that this doesn’t seem to be getting much press at all, and none at all here. Firstly there’s the matter of Epic Games not only trying to secure there space as a PC games publisher, but it seems they’re looking to be a publisher of games in general akin to EA, Activision, Ubi, etc. Are we witnessing the beginning of a new powerhouse publisher of AAA games? Epic’s terms seem really appealing, and IP ownership for devs seems to be increasingly important. Then there’s the matter of Epic’s reputation, just look at the Like/Dislike ratio of the video above. Finally and personally, it’s exciting to know that some incredible game designers are getting funding and freedom! GenDESIGN in particular is my favorite, their games have a distinct artistic vision that would surely be a tough sell for most traditional AAA publishers. In fact, I don’t think any of these devs are known for raking in the doe, so this move on Epic’s part really strikes me as a good faith power play. While that’s just speculation I’m really curious how these deals took place and what they could mean for these devs, Epic as a publisher, and potentially AAA publishing in general as we move forward.