Announced at the first State of Play, the ReadySet Heroes cooperative action game appeared on the Epic Games Store. Something interesting about this game developed by Robot Entertainment is that it is published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
There is also no mention of this on the PlayStation Blog, just as it is unclear whether PS4 players and Epic Games Store can join through a cross-play feature. The presence of a game with Sony Interactive Entertainment as publisher on the shop of Epic Games certainly raises curiosity.
We can already find titles like Journey, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls on the shop. These titles were respectively published by Annapurna Interactive and Quantic Dream, the name of Sony Interactive Entertainment being only credited as the owner of these licenses.
The launch of ReadySet Heroes on the Epic Games Store comes the day after a statement by Shawn Layden. Coinciding with the announcement of the purchase of the much-acclaimed studio Insomniac Games, Layden told Bloomberg that the company’s overall strategy was going through a greater distribution of its products.
We must support the PlayStation platform, that is non negotiable. That said, you will see in the future some titles coming out of my collection of studios which may need to lean into a wider installed base.
ReadySet Heroes is, to be absolutely correct, not from Shawn Layden’s “studio collection” but from Robot Entertainment, a Texan studio that announced on Monday the release of Orcs Must Die! 3 on Google Stadia.
The studio has been cleverly taking advantage of the partnership opportunities because, besides Google’s money, it is also pocketing from Epic Games for ReadySet Heroes while enjoying the visibility offered by PlayStation.
Here is an extract from ReadySet Heroes’ Epic Games Store listing.
Go from zero to HERO in this fast-paced multiplayer dungeon crawler meets EPIC arena brawl! Choose your character, then race through random dungeons to slay monsters, dodge traps and collect tons of loot to power-up. You’ll need it as there are other players or an opposing team racing through the same dungeon! Whomever reaches the end of dungeon first triggers a intense “winner-take-all” arena brawl. Whether its 2 teams or 4 solo players, only one winner or winning team will be left standing.
This could mean the beginning of more Sony Interactive Entertainment games being released on other platforms. Will this happen? We’ll have to wait and see.