Over the years, we’ve seen Epic leverage the massive amount of revenue produced by Fortnite and Unreal Engine to carve out its current position. However, a new check stub, this time alien, offers us a new twist. And is that yesterday Sony announced its $ 250 million capital investment in the video game developer.
Information that came from the hands of an official statement from the own company that owns PlayStation, in which it was detailed, allows it to take a minority stake in Epic Games, after years of close collaboration between the two companies.
“Epic’s powerful technology in areas like graphics puts them at the forefront of video game development with its Unreal Engine (Epic’s proprietary system) and other innovations. There’s no better example of this than Fortnite’s revolutionary entertainment experience”Stated Kenichiro Yoshida, CEO of Sony.
In fact, this movement would explain the recent good relationship between both companies seen during the last months, with some important milestones such as the latest publication of the first demo of Unreal Engine 5 on PS5 hardware, as well as the arrival of some Sony titles at the Epic Games Store or the recent announcement of the availability of the PC version of Horizon: Zero Dawn.
And it is that beyond a better optimization of Fortinte for the new generation of consoles, without a doubt this alliance could leave us some quite interesting collaboration and even some exclusive project developed jointly, with some interesting topics such as the last talk given by talk by Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic, who spoke about the enormous potential of «3D social experiences in real time, leading to a convergence of games, movies and music«.
Is this the push that Sony and Epic need to definitely beat Microsoft and Steam? What would you like to see leave this association?