Splitgate is a free-to-play shooter that was first released in 2019 for PC and while it was well-received, its success period was only brief. The devs then worked on a tight budget for years and re-released the game on consoles on July 27, 2021, where they had somewhat of a comeback. Splitgate witnessed a sudden surge of players and it had once again, started gaining traction among the gaming community.
Riding Splitgate’s wave of success
Following the massive comeback, 1047 Games announced that they secured enough capital to take the game to the next level. On September 14, in an interview with Techcrunch, 1047 Games Co-founder and CEO Ian Proulx said that they had raised $100 million through various funding rounds and had big plans to improve the game.
“The scope of what we can do is now through the roof,” said Proulx. “There’s so much we couldn’t think about because we were a tiny team with a tiny budget, but now everything is on the table. We’re focusing on the long term — I look at the game as being 25% done. We don’t need to be Fortnite tomorrow, but now it really is about building the next Riot Games, the next big games business.”
Proulx added that they are close to the community and are listening to player feedback. “We read everything, we’re listening — keep the feedback coming. We’re still operating like the indie team that had to stay close with our community,” he said.
Previously, due to lack of capital, 1047 Games could not get enough resources to really improve the game but now, with the “ridiculous amount of money,” they can implement new features and make a lasting impression in the community.
Splitgate is a multiplayer first-person shooter that is available to play on Windows, Linux, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. The game is inspired from Halo and Portal, and features gameplay which is a mixture of those two games.