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Disney Investing $1.5 Billion in Epic Games to Create a 'Persistent Universe'

Disney Investing $1.5 Billion in Epic Games to Create a 'Persistent Universe' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 February 2024 / 2,864 Views

The Walt Disney Company and Epic Games have announced a new collaboration to create a new games and entertainment universe that expand the reach of Disney stories and experiences. 

Disney is investing $1.5 billion to acquire an equity stake in Epic Games, alongside the multiyear project.

Not much was given on what this new games and entertainment universe will be, however, it is described as a "new persistent universe will offer a multitude of opportunities for consumers to play, watch, shop and engage with content, characters and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar and more. Players, gamers and fans will be able to create their own stories and experiences, express their fandom in a distinctly Disney way, and share content with each other in ways that they love. This will all be powered by Unreal Engine."

"Our exciting new relationship with Epic Games will bring together Disney’s beloved brands and franchises with the hugely popular Fortnite in a transformational new games and entertainment universe," said The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger. 

"This marks Disney’s biggest entry ever into the world of games and offers significant opportunities for growth and expansion. We can’t wait for fans to experience the Disney stories and worlds they love in groundbreaking new ways."

Epic Games CEO and Founder Tim Sweeney added, "Disney was one of the first companies to believe in the potential of bringing their worlds together with ours in Fortnite, and they use Unreal Engine across their portfolio. Now we’re collaborating on something entirely new to build a persistent, open and interoperable ecosystem that will bring together the Disney and Fortnite communities."

Disney Experiences Chairman Josh D’Amaro stated, "This will enable us to bring together our incredible collection of stories and experiences from across the company for a broad audience in ways we have only dreamed of before. Epic Games’ industry-leading technology and Fortnite’s open ecosystem will help us reach consumers where they are so they can engage with Disney in the ways that are most relevant to them."

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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Tober (on 07 February 2024)

Well they did great with StarWars, what could possibly go wrong

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The Fury (on 07 February 2024)

Wait, joking aside, did they legit say "This marks Disney’s biggest entry ever into the world of games..." in the knowledge that they bought LucasArts and just shut it down basically?

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G2ThaUNiT The Fury (on 07 February 2024)

Damn shame too. LucasArts used to pump out like 5-6 games a year.

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Garrus The Fury (on 07 February 2024)

yeah LucasArts was massive until Disney bought them and killed them lol, much bigger than this deal (I think though for ONE property this is the biggest investment ever by Disney, LucasArts was many studios and games)

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Darwinianevolution (on 08 February 2024)

This going to end up going nowhere, just as all other attempts of Disney to enter the gaming industry.

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Mar1217 (on 08 February 2024)

Considering they were downsizing their gaming studios and game endeavors a few years back during the MCU craze but only now invest massively back into video games after their faltering movie finances ...
I can only hope for a good choke out of them again.

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Dante9 (on 08 February 2024)

So this is their master plan to dig themselves out of the hole. Yeah, "the Force is female" on a new platform, I can't wait.

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The Fury (on 07 February 2024)

I, for one, welcome our new entertainment overlords. I hope Disney are able to entertain us with more medio...I mean superb content for the rest of my life.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 09 February 2024)

Dear dear dear wow wow wow!

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KLXVER (on 07 February 2024)

If you cant beat them, buy a stake in them.

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hellobion2 (on 07 February 2024)


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