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Epic Games has announced that it will be publishing the next games from gen DESIGN (The Last Guardian), Playdead (Inside, Limbo), and Remedy Entertainment (Control) through Epic Games Publishing, its new multiplatform publishing effort with a developer-first approach. Epic shared the news alongside a video featuring Remedy's Sam Lake, Playdead's Arnt Jensen, and gen DESIGN's Fumito Ueda that begins to explain how this new publishing effort will help these creators build their dreams. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/26/epic-games-to-publish-next-games-from-control-inside-and-the-last-guardian-developers"] 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." This will be made true in the following ways:

  • Full Creative Freedom and Ownership - Developers will 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.
[ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/10/why-control-is-igns-game-of-the-year-for-2019"] “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. gen DESIGN was founded by Fumito Ueda in 2014. Ueda worked at Sony Computer Entertainment's SIE Japan Studio and led development on Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian. Playdead was founded in 2006 by Arnt Jensen and Dino Patti. Their first game, Limbo, was released in 2010 and Inside was released six years later in 2016 and we gave it a 10/10. Playdead's third game was first teased in 2017 with its first concept art. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2016/06/28/inside-review"] Remedy Entertainment was founded in 1995 and is responsible for such titles as Max Payne, Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and IGN's Game of the Year 2019 Control.

"gen DESIGN, 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.”

While there is no new information on these studio's new games in this announcement, Epic Games Publishing does tease that "additional information, development partners, and games will be announced in the coming months."

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Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com. Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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