Splitgate developer 1047 Games believes they can work with 343 Industries to revive the arena shooter genre.
This year has been an exciting year for the arena shooter genre as new games have helped breathe new life into the genre. The most notable are Splitgate and Halo Infinite, both of which are hugely popular titles. Although Splitgate was released a few years ago, major content updates have brought it back into the spotlight this year. Splitgate developer 1047 Games recently talked about how the studio and 343 Industries can help each other revive the arena shooter genre.
Splitgate is a game heavily influenced by Halo, which became popular on consoles after the platform switch, but many gamers were concerned that it would be overshadowed by the newly released Halo Infinite. in the community recently. However, 1047 Games CEO Ian Proulx told The Loadout that he is not worried about Halo Infinite having a negative impact on Splitgate, but on the contrary, Proulx has a completely different view.
According to Proulx, Halo Infinite and Splitgate might even help each other. Proulx says that “there are too many junk games and too many battle royales right now”, but Halo Infinite and Splitgate are “bringing people back to the arena shooter genre”. Proulx went on to say that many kids these days haven’t even played classic arena shooters like Quake and Unreal Tournament, and that the simultaneous arrival of Halo Infinite and Splitgate would be a good thing for the entire genre. this.
Proulx also revealed that Splitgate’s player count has increased dramatically on PlayStation consoles since Halo Infinite launched, suggesting that gamers are looking for similar experiences outside of the Xbox ecosystem. Developing on other platforms has proven to be an effective move for 1047 Games as there are no real alternatives in the public eye other than Splitgate when it comes to finding another title with similar gameplay. like Halo. However, the total player count in Splitgate isn’t as high as it was during the summer, and Proulx is clearly looking to rebuild that player base over the course of the next year.
It’s worth noting that Splitgate is still in the early stages of development, hasn’t even been released out of early access yet. Version 1.0 was slated to launch earlier this year, but was delayed to ensure the product was as refined as possible for gamers. Interestingly, both Halo Infinite and Splitgate have completely free multiplayer modes, which could also affect how arena shooters enter the market in the future.
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