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Splitgate has been round in a single kind or one other since 2019, providing game modes like Juggernaut and Hotzone in a “Halo meets Portal” model that’s confirmed to be an enormous hit. That hit isn’t going away, but it surely’s not going to be the main target of developer 1047 Games. The studio is beginning work on a brand new title set in the identical universe.
The announcement was made in a weblog put up on the studio’s web site and mirrored throughout social media. “After careful consideration and much deliberation, the 1047 Games team has determined that in order to build the game fans deserve — and to build it in a way that isn’t trying to retrofit and live-operate an existing product — we are ending feature development of Splitgate,” the assertion reads. “Feature development” is a vital phrase there. Splitgate will nonetheless obtain help like weekly playlists, merchandise drops, and different essential updates — it simply received’t be getting any main new game modes or issues of that nature. That stated, September 15 will see the game formally depart beta with the arrival of Season Two.
Season Two will embody a free battle go with infinite tiers and plenty of rewards as a thanks to the followers. Splitgate has seen monumental success through the years — greater than 18 million downloads, the truth is. 1047 Games obtained $10 million in funding in fall 2021 that allowed it to stay impartial and rent extra workers to assist maintain such an enormous hit.
Now, nonetheless, that workforce has shifted priorities to creating its subsequent game. “We’re turning our attention away from iterative, smaller updates and going all-in to focus on a new game in the Splitgate universe which will present revolutionary, not evolutionary, changes to our game,” the announcement continued. “It will be a shooter, it will have portals, and it will be built in Unreal Engine 5. Oh, and it will be free.” It seems like Splitgate followers will really feel at residence with the brand new game, even when they’re at the moment dissatisfied by the information of placing the brakes on new content material. It additionally seems like a essential step for an impartial studio that’s aiming for a triple-A expertise with its merchandise.