Epic's developer-friendly publishing model will give studios full creative freedom over their games.
Today, Epic Games announced a new multi-platform publishing effort that allows them to publish upcoming titles for various game developers. The publishing studio promises a developer-first approach that will offer the most benefits for game developers.
Epic is teaming up with genDESIGN (Last Guardian), Playdead (Limbo), and Remedy Entertainment (Control) to publish their upcoming projects as part of Epic Games Publishing. As a game publisher, Epic hopes to provide a developer-first publishing model, giving developers full creative control over their fully-funded projects. “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.
In today’s announcement, Epic outlined some key features of their developer-first publishing model:
- Full creative freedom and ownership. Developers retain 100% of all intellectual property and full creative control of their work.
- Fully-funded projects. Epic Games Publishing 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.
- 50/50 profit sharing. Developers earn a fair share for their work — once costs are recouped, developers earn at least 50% of all profits.
According to the head of Epic Games Publishing, Hector Sanchez, the publishers are confident in their partner studios’ upcoming projects. “gen DESIGN, Remedy, and Playdead are among the most innovative and talented studios in the industry, with strong visions for their next games,” said Sanchez. “They will have full creative control, while Epic will provide a solid foundation of project funding and services.”
More information about upcoming publishing partners and game titles will be revealed in the months ahead. Check back here for more on what’s in store for Epic Games Publishing.