Developer 1047 Games announced that it will be ending development on future features for Spligate and will be creating a new game in the Splitegate universe using Unreal Engine 5.
“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 on Splitegate,” the studio said in a statement.
The team emphasizes that the next game will be a shooter and it will still have many portals, as well as be free-to-play.
Important announcement from 1047 Games about the future of Splitgate: pic.twitter.com/5E0YG1DWQm
— Splitgate (@Splitgate) September 2, 2022
1047 Games continues, “We want to be clear that Splitegate will remain online as will your items and progression. In fact, we will roll out a new Battle Pass on September 15 – and it will be free to everyone as a thank you for playing Spligate.”
Splitegate was released in 2019 in early access and has remained in beta ever since, with regular content updates. The beta was overwhelmingly popular, with tens of thousands of players jumping into the game. 1047 also raised $100 million in funding off the popularity of Splitage.
While support for Splitgate will continue, along with smaller updates and fixes, the majority of effort will be spent on creating the brand new shooter game in the Splitgate universe.
In our Splitgate review, we said, “Splitgate: Arena Warfare’s portal guns turn what would’ve been a forgettable arena shooter into one of the smartest I’ve played in years.”
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