Manticore Games is the developer behind the massive world-building game Core. The game allows players to build and create their own game no matter if it’s a first-person shooter, an action-adventure RPG like Dragon Age, or a high seas exploration game. All of this uses the Unreal Engine developed by Epic Games. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Epic Games looks to support the team however they can.
Epic recently announced it has invested $15 million into Manticore to help fund their creative project. Adam Sussman, President of Epic Games, believes immensely in the project:
Core is very impressive. At Epic we believe the industry is ultimately headed to games becoming more like open platforms where creators can build their own worlds. Built in Unreal Engine, Core exemplifies this future and goes one step further by providing the environment for anybody to create great multiplayer games, and a metaverse playground where players discover endless entertainment.”
In March, Core opened the game to creators as part of its Alpha phase. Flash forward to today and there is a wide selection of genres included ranging from RPGs, adventure, MMOs, survival, shooters, puzzle, music games, and many more. This comes after Manticore announced a $1 Million Creator Payouts Pilot Program, that offers creators a chance to earn money for their creations.
Epic Games leads $15M investment in Manticore. We are thrilled about Epic’s support of our vision and the @CoreGames platform.
Press release: https://t.co/PgOcSyAWHN
— Core (@CoreGames) September 22, 2020
Frederic Descamps, CEO and co-founder at Manticore Games, had this to say:
We are thrilled about Epic’s support of Manticore’s vision and the Core platform. We admire Epic’s leadership in empowering our industry through technology and feel very aligned in a vision of the future for a user-generated multiverse: we are leading a complete democratization of the landscape in how games are made and played, and even who makes and plays games. Core represents a drastic paradigm shift in user-generated gaming that resembles how YouTube or Twitch completely changed expectations and economies for video and streaming; the difference is that Core users can already produce and play high quality games in a connected multiverse.”
Core’s latest contest brought together Dungeons and Dragons for its Dungeons & Dragons Design-A-Dungeon Contest. The contest saw more than 150 games released surrounding the fantasy TTRPG. There were maps containing quest giving NPCs, dragons, and magic items, many of which were showcased during PAX Online. These maps were presented by a celebrity panel of D&D players. Not too bad for indie game makers huh? I’m excited to see how this project develops in the future.