Jagex has signed a deal with Shadow Warrior series developer Flying Wild Hog to launch a new “multi-format living game” in 2021 as part of its Jagex Partners initiative, the publisher announced.
The game is built on Unreal Engine 4 and promises to “deliver a rich, deep, connected and customizable multiplayer action RPG gaming experience of high adventure and explosive action set in a sci-fi universe.”
Speaking to Wccftech, Jagex vice president of third party and partnerships Jeff Pabst said “the goal is to have a multiplatform title,” and that the company is working with Flying Wild Hog to identity which platforms make the most sense to “bring the game out on as many platforms as possible.”
Open and closed beta phases are planned to allow players into the game ahead of release. It will launch on Jagex’s new publishing platform, which provides its developers a suite of services including user acquisition, digital marketing, analytic and audience insight systems, monetization design, and community leadership.
Here are a series of quotes from the concerned parties:
Michal Szustak – CEO, Flying Wild Hog
“In Jagex, we’ve found the ideal publishing partner for a game that our talented development team can’t wait to show the world. What’s been clear since the very first conversation we had with Jagex Partners is that they completely understand independent development, the resources and best practice in building and maintaining a live game service, and crucially how to delight and engage players.”
Phil Mansell – CEO, Jagex
“When we set out to build Jagex into the home of a portfolio of living games—experiences like the RuneScape franchise which have the ability to last for 20 years or more—we were absolutely confident that we would be able to find games of huge potential. In Flying Wild Hog, we’ve found a partner that fully appreciates the importance of evergreen and evolving design, meaningful social interaction, player empowerment, and long-term commercial opportunity. It’s a team with a rare combination of passion, vision, focus and skill. Together with Jagex, this is a potent combination and we’re really excited to get our teeth into this partnership and to work as one international team.”
Jeff Pabst – Vice President of Third-Party and Partnerships, Jagex
We’ve looked at hundreds of games since we launched Jagex Partners because we always knew that we wanted to find the absolute best for our first deal—and that takes time to find. We have found a great game and a great partner in FWH and we can’t wait to start building something special for a new community of players.”
Paul Wedgwood, – Founder, Supernova Capital (Flying Wild Hog parent)
“When we fused the talent at Flying Wild Hog with Supernova’s proven leadership, we knew we could create something very special together. And now we’re delighted to count Jagex as a fellow adventurer on this journey, a partner that understands the passion of development, has deep publishing knowledge and experience, and has a clear business strategy and vision to make what lies ahead a huge success.”