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Epic Games Publishing list

Epic Games announced today that they have entered into a new multiplatform publishing deal with three different developers. These developers include gen DESIGN (The Last Guardian), Playdead (Limbo, Inside), and Remedy Entertainment (Control, Alan Wake).

These partnerships are a bit unlike other recent Epic deals. Instead of spending a load of money to pull nearly complete games off of other platforms, they will actually be funding game development from the very start. It still has the potential to be unfair to PC consumers as a whole, but it may be too early to tell for sure. Here are the sort of creative freedoms Epic is granting to these development studios.

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% 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.
“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.
According to today's release, this is just the start of another string of partnerships that Epic plans to announce. They say that there will be "additional information, development partners, and games" that will be announced in the coming months. If you ever wanted a platform war on a single platform, it certainly seems as though we're headed in that direction.

There is no saying for sure that these games will be released exclusively through the Epic Games Store or not. If these studios are actually being given full ownership, it could still be that they are free to release on any storefront they desire. Again, it's just too early to say for sure what will end up happening. Epic will undoubtedly make some persuasive offers to get these games set as Epic Games Store exclusives upon completion. The stipulation to keep an eye on will be the fact that the 50/50 profit sharing doesn't even come into effect until costs are development costs are recouped.