In a surprise announcement today, it's been revealed that the popular free-to-play shooter Splitgate is officially ending development, with studio 1047 Games taking the decision to instead begin development on a brand-new game.
In a message to fans, the team explained that they felt they needed to start work on something more "revolutionary" in order to create a project that people deserve, as reworking the original Splitgate concept has proved tricky:
"We've spent a lot of our time trying to rework old content and systems that were originally built by a handful of people... 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 of Splitgate."
"We're turning our attention away from iterative, smaller updates and going all-in to focus on a new game in the Splitgate universe which will present revolutionary, not evolutionary, changes to our game. It will be a shooter, it will have portals, and it will be built in Unreal Engine 5. Oh, and it will be free."
Despite this, Splitgate isn't being cancelled anytime soon, as the servers will remain online. A new Battle Pass is even being rolled out on September 15th which will be free to all players as a "thank you" for continuing to play the game.
1047 Games says that smaller updates and fixes will still continue to be rolled out to Splitgate in the future, but the "bulk of our focus" will be on the new project. We'll be keeping an eye out for this one!
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