Splitgate is an underrated gem that, despite its dedicated fanbase, should be much larger than it is. Blending the likes of Halo and Portal together, it became an instant hit when it was first released in 2019 as an early access title before seeing a full release in 2021.
Despite its unique and fun gameplay, even the developers were blown away at its success because it was a project started in college dorms by a group of friends.
But, it looks like development is ending as 1047 Games look towards its next chapter.
In a social media post, Splitgate developers 1047 Games announced that development will end on the game and instead will focus on a brand new title.
“To our Splitgate fans,
We could not be here without your support. We pride ourselves on trying to be as community focused as possible. We strive to improve our game and build a better future for Splitgate because of the enthusiasm of our fans. Thank you.
Splitgate achieved a level of success that we could not have anticipated and that few indie games are fortunate to reach. That initial success brought an opportunity to turn what started as a college dorm dream project into a AAA game that could stand toe-to-toe with shooters from the biggest publishers in the industry. But this also meant that as we’ve brought on top-tier talent from across the industry, we’ve spent a lot of our time trying to rework old content and systems that were originally built by a handful of people.
We are, in a way, bailing water while also trying to keep everyone who bought a ticket to board our ship happy, while also trying to turn our boat into a rocket ship.
After careful consideration and much deliberation, 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.
We understand many of your will be disappointed and have a lot of questions. We want to be clear that Splitgate will remain online as will your items and progression. In fact, we will roll out a new Battle Pass on September 15 – and it will be free to everyone as a thank you for playing Splitgate. Game support will continue and there will be smaller updates and fixes to Splitgate, but the bulk of our focus will be on an entirely new shooter that we can’t wait to share with you.”
Although 1047 Games is looking to end active development on Splitgate, the game will still receive smaller updates to improve the quality of the game and fix issues, but it looks like no new content will be added in terms of weapons, maps, and modes.
It will be interesting to see what 1047’s next game will be, but it seems they aren’t straying too far from what brought the studio to the dance. One thing to note is that this new game will also be free-to-play like Splitgate is.
One thing we would like to see from the next game is a PVE campaign and the creation of a story to further the game and keep players invested, similar to games such as Fortnite.
With the new only just being announced and Unreal Engine 5 being new, it is likely that the new game from 1047 won’t be available for a couple of years unless they give players early access while it is still in development.
Splitgate is available to play for free on PC via Steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.