Star Vault has been given an Epic MegaGrant by Epic Games, which will provide funding for Mortal Online 2 in its next phase as well as a transition over to Unreal Engine 5.
With launch set for later this month, Mortal Online 2 is well on its way to being finished, so the grant comes at a time when things will start to transition to post-launch updates and the live service. While that is needed, the transition over to Unreal Engine 5 is also significant, and something we’ve seen announced more in the MMORPG space of late. In a release announcing the Mortal Online 2 grant and partnership, Star Vault CEO Henrik Nyström said, "Our collaboration with Epic Games is of great importance to provide the best possible experience for our players in Mortal Online 2 and take the MMORPG genre to the next level"
The Epic MegaGrants program began in 2019 with $100 million in funding to help facilitate development and transition to working with Unreal Engine. With Unreal Engine 5 also expected to launch in full early this year, we’re seeing more deals and commitments to work with it. When Epic Games announced Unreal Engine 5 back in 2020, they also said that any developer that releases a game that uses Unreal Engine 5 won’t have to pay Epic any royalties on a commercial release until that game passes its first $1 million in gross revenue. This makes a partnership like this, especially with the head start provided by grant funding, a pretty appealing one.
With these steps, it looks like Mortal Online 2 will get some pretty solid footing for launch and beyond. There are just 18 days until launch, and at some point afterwards, the transition to Unreal Engine 5 will take place.
For more on Mortal Online 2’s development, head over to the official site.