The next-generation consoles are upon us. With a November 2020 release date, both Microsoft and Sony are playing a poker game that will determine the winners of the console war.
Back in 2018, Microsoft announced the acquisition of famous studios like Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), Playground Games (Forza Horizon 4), and Obsidian Entertainment (The Outer Words and Fallout: New Vegas) to name a few.
While Sony was mum on their plans to make the PlayStation 5 standout, its console exclusive games were the company’s biggest weapon. But it would seem Sony still has its weapons drawn as they have announced an investment of US$250 million into Epic Games.
According to a press release, both companies hope that their collaboration would create unique experiences for consumers and creators.
But obviously, the investment is not to further propel Epic’s massively popular video game Fortnite. Epic Games has its video game engine called Unreal Engine, and that’s what Sony is eyeing, evident by the fantastic PlayStation 5 tech demo of a game that was fully developed on the upcoming Unreal Engine 5.
CEO and president of Sony Corporation Kenichiro Yoshida said, “Through our investment, we will explore opportunities for further collaboration with Epic to delight and bring value to consumers and the industry at large, not only in games but also across the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape.”
It would also seem that Sony is interested in the interactive events held in Fortnite. The most notable was Travis Scott’s concert, which was an amazing visual spectacle. Aside from that, Epic Games also had a hand in developing the storage device on the PlayStation 5 and played a part in breaking Sony mentality on cross-play and how the company was against it initially.
While the investment doesn’t mean that Epic Games will exclusively be making games for Sony’s next-gen consoles, it could mean that games made on the Unreal Engine could be more optimized for the PlayStation 5.
But before we jump the gun, Microsoft has another Xbox showcase on July 23. We’ll have to see what they have to offer.