Epic Games have announced two new publishing partnerships with two independent studios: Eyes Out and Spry Fox, with each studio "currently in the early stages of developing their original titles." Neither of the games are announced yet, but there are some details on them that we'll go over in a bit. As a side note, I guess this an achievement unlocked for the company itself, eh?
The coolest piece of news is that Spry Fox is releasing an MMO through their publishing deal. Earlier this year they released Cozy Grove, "life-sim game that combined crafting, collection, discovery, and a memorable narrative." It was also pretty good, and we liked it enough to write a handy dandy guide for it.
As for the MMO, Spry Fox is using Unreal Engine, Epic Online Services, and Epic Account Services to create a "multiplatform, non-violent, persistent multiplayer game designed to encourage friendship and reduce loneliness in the world." That sounds pretty neat, and the title will also support crossplay and cross-progression, which is always a plus for those that like to game on multiple platforms.
“We entered the publishing space to support creators and teams of all sizes, pursuing games and experiences within different genres,” said Hector Sanchez, Head of Epic Games Publishing. “The worlds EYES OUT and Spry Fox are creating, and the teams themselves, are perfect examples of this. We want to serve them by giving them full ownership of their IPs and creative freedom with best-in-class financial terms and publishing support. We’re fortunate to be partnering with the best talent in the industry.”
The second studio, Eyes Out, is a recently-founded studio that was founded by Cory Davis, the creative director and designer of Spec Ops: The Line, and Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck. Both men received an Epic MegaGrant in 2019, which allowed them to work on their first proof of concept. This concept impressed Epic, which funded their prototype and later lead to a publishing deal. The game is an unannounced multiplatform cosmic horror game that's built on Unreal Engine, although it would be kind of weird if it wasn't at this point due to their deal.
Eyes Out have a publisher announcement that's pretty rad. Check it out below:
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