Remedy Entertainment, PlayDead and genDesign Sign Deal with Epic Games

Remedy Entertainment, PlayDead and genDesign Sign Deal with Epic Games - News

by William D'Angelo , posted 5 days ago / 1,529 Views

Epic Games announced it has signed publishing deals with The Last Guardian developer genDesign, Limbo and Inside developer Playdead, and Control and Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment. These are just the first three developers to announce a partnership with Epic Games Publishing.

Remedy Entertainment earlier today announced a partnership to develop two unannounced video games. Both games will launch on the next generation consoles, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, and Windows PC in the next few years. 


Here is an overview of Epic Games Publishing:

The Epic Games approach to publishing fundamentally changes the developer / publisher model, and aims to have the most developer-friendly terms in the industry, so that creators can focus on making great games.

  • 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.

"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.

"genDesign, Remedy, and Playdead are among the most innovative and talented studios in the industry, with strong visions for their next games," said Hector Sanchez, Head of Epic Games Publishing. "They will have full creative control, while Epic will provide a solid foundation of project funding and services."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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20 Comments

Chazore (on 26 March 2020)

"multiplatform", but not multi-store though. This sounds like Timmy wants to build a war chest that will not go anywhere outside of his own walls. I don't like this idea, because I know exactly what Epic wants to do to PC, and everything else within it. YOu want to truly be multiplatform and embrace this so called "multi-store world" Timmy?, you release on all the storefronts. EA are pubbing their own games and releasing them on multiple stores, same goes for GoG (was going to include Ubi, but they pulled from Steam, while EA returned, so the complete opposite of this).


method114 (on 26 March 2020)

The whole thing is turning into a mess on PC. Just wish everyone would go to Steam. I loved using big picture mode and turning my PC into a console.


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Chazore (on 26 March 2020)

All people are really asking for, is for them to just do up their store and release everywhere like everyone else. Literally that's all that will make things just and right, because then people can truly decide on the merits, not the money-hats and acquisitions. This is PC gaming after all, not console, where the money hats and acquisitions is what gets you to buy a box, that they solely rely on.

Also yeah, features like BPM are a godsend, as well as Valve's support for Linux, which EG seems to not be bothering with (even hindering).


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venomcarnage (on 26 March 2020)

I remember not to long ago the steam hate train was running with everyone complaining about them needing competition. Well somethings you get what you want just no it the way you want it.


Zenos (on 26 March 2020)

That trailer looked like a parody talking about "creative freedom" and "reaching a more people". In the context of Epic that's laughable. Shame that Ueda was among those who sold out.


DonFerrari (on 26 March 2020)

since when did genDesign developed The Last Guardian? That is a Sony exclusive developed by Japan Studios. At most you could credit genDesign as being an outsource on the project. Also it won`t be that much freedom if they need to release on Epic Store only when in PC.


Chazore (on 27 March 2020)

I'm still reading parts of the terms of contract, over on Era, and while it does sound good on paper, and devs getting starry eyed at it, the deal long term actually sounds fucking horrid.

Like, they have to wait an amount of months for EG to recoup those costs of the game, and if the deal closes to expiry, said devs are gonna want to make another deal with them, to secure that funding, effectively dead-locking themselves with Epic time and time again. That's just straight up awful, even if they do get funding, it's like being made a pimps slave.


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coolbeans (on 27 March 2020)

Where did they make such a claim? Obviously if genDesign doesn't HAVE their own game yet your're going to showcase the creative director's previous works. Outsource? C'mon...ICO, SOTC, and TLG are commonly associated with Ueda.


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Otter (on 27 March 2020)

@Charzone not sure you're aware of how the typical publishing deal works to call this horrid by comparison.


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Chazore (on 27 March 2020)

@Otter: I am also aware of how and endless loop and how pimping works. Yes that can force reliance in this industry too.

The deal sounded too good to be true, but Epic aren't entirely without flaw in drafting the contract. They had to get something out of it. Also, with the new firm deal, they've gone from 12% cut, to 50%, and while they do cover costs by 100%, they are still taking more of a cut than everyone else now, as well as relying on recouping those costs first, and devs get the 50% second, which means later, which means that's a shitty deal, because that enforces reliance on Epic, as well as the devs having to make a brand new deal, in order to fund another game, just in case that 50% doesn't net them enough (paid later on, I cannot stress later on enough, that you have to understand what later on means).


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DonFerrari (on 27 March 2020)

coolbeans: "Epic Games announced it has signed publishing deals with The Last Guardian developer genDesign". genDesign didn't develop shit, if it was written "from the creator of ICO, etc Fumito Ueda new studio genDesign" that would at least be passeable.
There was people even in this page thinking TLG would go to PC because of it.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 27 March 2020)

@DonFerrari Actually TLG was co-developed by Japan Studio and GenDesign. It was originally only being developed by Japan Studio for the PS3 but then Ueda left Sony and formed GenDesign. Japan Studio handled the technical side and GenDesign developed


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SuperNintend0rk (on 27 March 2020)

the creative content for the game. Both are key aspects of development so yes it was co-developed by GenDesign.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 27 March 2020)

*Sorry, it was originally being developed for the PS3 by Team Ico, not Japan Studio.


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DonFerrari (on 27 March 2020)

Only very late on the gen it got co-development. And still the way it is on the news is imprecise, misleading and give people impression that TLG could go to EGS with it and all that comes from it.


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SuperNintend0rk (on 27 March 2020)

I don't think it's misleading. Remedy signed the deal but no one is thinking the Max Payne series is coming to EGS.


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Cerebralbore101 (on 26 March 2020)

Nevermind. TLS is not coming to EGS. Thought it was for a minute there.


TallSilhouette (on 26 March 2020)

I take it they're gonna be full EGS exclusives on PC, then?...


Chazore (on 26 March 2020)

Most definitely. I'm calling it now, in case it ever does truly happen:

EG wants to become the new market leader, of all markets. They want to set down new ground rules that everyone has to follow as a publisher, and at the same time, I do believe they do not want to be removed from that seat by anyone else either. They want things to be run their way, and this is how they start doing it, by literally trying to stab everyone else in the ring to death, and be given a "follow me", or die approach.


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Walbert (on 26 March 2020)

The Epic Pooh Store can piss off.