Paragon Will Be F2P, Online Testing Starts In January; Epic Promises To Show SPYJINX & Fortnite Too


Epic Games created the increasingly popular Unreal Engine. Every gamer knows that, given the huge amount of titles that have used and are still using some version of the Unreal Engine; however, Epic Games as a talented developer (Gears of War, Unreal) was slowly drifting into the background lately.

Thankfully, Epic is starting to reveal plenty of details on the games in its pipeline, which should serve as a reminder to the whole industry. Yesterday we reported on Paragon's first screenshots and gameplay footage; and today a few more details were shared on Twitter, such as the business model which will be F2P (Free-to-Play), as confirmed by Marketing Lead Wes Phillips.

The official Twitter account of Paragon also confirmed that online testing will begin in January (you can sign up here).

Both Wes Phillips and Mark Rein (Vice President and Co Founder) have hyped the upcoming PC/PS4 MOBA, saying that the controls feel great and the game will get even better with further development.

Epic is also focused on other games, though, such as SPYJINX (developed by Chair Entertainment in collaboration with JJ Abrams) and Fortnite.  We should get more details on both soon, according to Mark Rein, while Fortnite in particular is deemed alive and well by Wes Phillips.

Indeed, Fortnite's extremely long development (the game was announced in December 2011, four years ago) had many fans worried that it would never see the light of day. The game was actually meant to be the first title using Unreal Engine 4, but that ship has long sailed by now; still, let's hope to be able to play it soon.

Of course, the company is also working on the new Unreal Tournament game which everyone can help test via the Epic Games Launcher. Also, remember that Shadow Complex Remastered listing? Well, the game can be downloaded for free (for a limited time only) right now via the Launcher. With PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game also under way, it seems likely that they're gauging interest for a potential sequel.

All in all, it's fair to say that the makers of Unreal Engine haven't forgotten about game development at all, which is good news for all gaming fans.