Sony has invested a further $200m in Fortnite developer Epic Games. That’s on top of the $250 million that they invested in the company last year. In total, Epic Games have cobbled together over $1bn from investors to create its “long-term vision for the Metaverse”.
CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, gave the statement:
“We are grateful to our new and existing investors who support our vision for Epic and the Metaverse. Their investment will help accelerate our work around building connected social experiences in Fortnite, Rocket League and Fall Guys, while empowering game developers and creators with Unreal Engine, Epic Online Services and the Epic Games Store.”
The investment from Sony seems to be strengthening the relationship between the two gaming company titans. Fortnite recently saw Sony’s character Aloy introduced into Fortnite. She joins Kratos, another of Sony’s leading characters, who was introduced to the game late last year.
Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO of Sony Group Corporation, had this to say about the investment:
“Epic continues to deliver revolutionary experiences through their array of cutting edge technologies that support creators in gaming and across the digital entertainment industry. We are excited to strengthen our collaboration to bring new entertainment experiences to people around the world. I strongly believe that this aligns with our purpose to fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology,”
What does this mean for Sony fans?
Sony’s investment in Epic Games likely means that we’ll be seeing more crossovers of Sony property in games published by Epic. That extends further than just Fortnite, too. Epic recently acquired Fall Guys developer Mediatonic, and also owns Psyonix who develop Rocket League. Both of those games already have countless cosmetics that crossover into other franchises – it would be great to see more franchise collaborations with Sony properties.
Sony have recently started to release some of their games on PC. Death Stranding landed on the platform last Summer, while Horizon Zero Dawn arrived later in the year and Days Gone is due to release next month. All of Sony’s titles are releasing on the Epic Games Store as well as Steam. Sony’s investment in Epic could point toward Sony titles becoming Epic exclusive on the PC platform.
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