1047 Games announced Friday that it has stopped the development of new features and content for its portal-based first-person shooter, Splitgate. The developers have instead shifted their focus toward creating a separate but similar game.
Important announcement from 1047 Games about the future of Splitgate: pic.twitter.com/5E0YG1DWQm
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“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,” the announcement said. “It will be a shooter, it will have portals, and it will be built in Unreal Engine 5. Oh, and it will be free.”
This announcement comes in the midst of the fall season of the 2022 Splitgate Pro Series, which ends on October 2. According to an FAQ page on the Splitgate website, 1047 Games will continue to support competitive Splitgate through the remainder of this year and is looking at ways to support the esports scene going into 2023.
What to know about Splitgate development
Although the developers will no longer introduce new features into the game, they have not halted the development process of Splitgate completely. The game will remain online and players’ items and progression will remain intact. There will also be new bug fixes coming during an upcoming patch.
Most significantly, 1047 Games will introduce the Infinite Battle Pass at no cost on September 15. Along with 100 main levels of rewards, this battle pass will allow players to continue raising their level and secure item drops indefinitely.
While development for the next game in the Splitgate universe has begun, few details about it are currently available. However, it seems it will likely share many of the same core game mechanics as Splitgate. It may also include new characters, maps and other features that were originally intended for Splitgate.
“This is a ‘see you soon’ and not a ‘farewell,’” the announcement from 1047 Games said.