It looks like Sony has invested $250 million into Epic Games, the developer behind Fortnite and the Epic Games Store.
According to Venture Beat, this now brings the total money raised by Epic Games to $1.83 billion. This new investment, according to Venture Beat, will enable, “Sony and Epic to broaden their collaboration” through Sony’s current games coupled with Epic’s existing platform distribution.
This follows the reveal of Unreal Engine 5, which was running in real-time on a PlayStation 5, Sony’s upcoming next generation console. At the time, Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney had explain in a GamesBeat interview,
“We’ve been working super-closely with Sony for quite a long time on the storage architecture and other elements. It’s been our primary focus. But Unreal Engine 5 will be on all next-generation platforms, and so will Fortnite.”
Sweeney continued, praising the console and Sony’s architectural decisions,
“Sony has done an awesome job of architecting a great system here. It’s not just a great GPU, and they didn’t just take the latest PC hardware and upgrade to it, following the path of least resistance. The storage architecture in PlayStation 5 is far ahead of anything that you can buy in any PC for any amount of money right now. It’s great to see that sort of innovation. It’s going to help drive future PCs. They’ll see this thing ship and realize, ‘Wow, with two SSDs, we’ll have to catch up.'”
Whether or not this investment will see more Sony first party titles hitting PC remains to be seen. PC has already received Detroit Become Human on the Epic Games Store. Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding releases next week also on Epic Games Store (and Steam), with Horizon Zero Dawn also hitting PC in August on Steam and Epic Ganes Store.
Editor's Note: A previous version stated Horizon Zero Dawn was available only on Steam. This has been corrected to include Steam and Epic Games Store.