After two years of relative early access obscurity, Halo-with-portals arena FPS Splitgate became wildly popular over the summer—enough that investors are willing to spend $100 million to see where developer 1047 Games can take it next.
Splitgate’s sudden popularity might have briefly overloaded the game’s servers, but it’s also blown open the potential scope for the shooter. Speaking to TechCrunch, 1047 co-founder and CEO Ian Proulx now reckons Splitgate could be the studio’s own League of Legends.
“There’s so much we couldn’t think about because we were a tiny team with a tiny budget, but now everything is on the table,” said Proulx. “We’re focusing on the long term—I look at the game as being 25% done. We don’t need to be Fortnite tomorrow, but now it really is about building the next Riot Games, the next big games business.”