Jagex, best known for developing the long-running MMORPG RuneScape, has signed Flying Wild Hog to publish what it's calling a "new multi-format living game." This will be the first title published under its third-party division Jagex Partners.
Flying Wild Hog was founded in 2009 and the studio is probably best known for the Shadow Warrior series. The new game, which will be released in 2021, will be developed on Unreal Engine 4 and deliver what Jagex is calling a "rich, deep, connected and customisable multiplayer action-RPG."
While we don't really know much about the actual game other than the above, Jagex and Flying Wild Hog promises more details in the coming months. Per the press release from Jagex Partners:
"The deal will see the game launch in 2021, with open and closed beta phases planned to allow players into the game ahead of release. The game will launch on Jagex’s new publishing platform, which is being developed using the extensive knowledge and skills that Jagex has built over almost two decades of running live game services."
Jagex Partners launched in 2018, aiming to bring live publishing and operational services to third-party studios. Jagex has a long history of operating and publishing persistent world games, such as the aforementioned RuneScape, so it'll be interesting what Jagex and Flying Wild Hog do with the the upcoming "multi-format living game." What that really means isn't entirely clear, but we'll definitely be keeping an eye on this as more information becomes available.