Ever had exciting news you wanted to share but couldn’t? You know the feeling: that mix of excitement, anticipation, and tension as you clench your jaw shut and resolve to...Just. Say. Nothing.
Well, that’s been my world for the past few months. But now all that tension evaporates, because I get to tell you:
We’ve partnered with Microsoft to publish Gigantic on Windows 10 and Xbox One.
A simple statement, but it says a lot. For starters, it affirms the faith we’ve had in Gigantic all along—that it represents something bright, refreshing, and fun in a sea of sequels and knockoffs. Gigantic is going to be a key launch title for Windows 10, and countless console gamers will play it on their Xbox Ones, too.
Second, it means the Gigantic community is about to get a whole lot bigger, and that’s a good thing! A competitive game like Gigantic thrives when lots of people try it, and now we have the resources to bring Gigantic to more gamers faster and in a higher-quality fashion than Motiga could have ever done alone. We’ll be translating the game into more languages and hosting matches on more servers spread around the globe. That means you get a high-fidelity competitive online experience: better ping times for you and your teammates.
Third, the Gigantic team can tap directly into Microsoft’s expertise. After all, Microsoft created both platforms, and we’ll be getting advice and info straight from the source. The Microsoft campus is 20 minutes away by car, so we have unfettered access to everything we need to make Gigantic shine on Windows 10 and Xbox One.
Right about now, you’re probably asking yourself the same kind of questions we had when we first started talking with Microsoft about Windows 10. We’ve been neck-deep in Windows 10 for a while now, and we’re impressed at the gamer-centric features it has: social sharing, streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10 platforms, and more. And when they told us gamers could upgrade to Windows 10 for free, we were sold.
Maybe more important than any of that, we’ve seen a renewed sense of purpose at Microsoft to make the Windows 10 launch a moment to really push PC gaming. One of PC gaming’s biggest powerhouses is upping the ante in a big way.
Likewise, Gigantic on the Xbox One is a great experience. We’d always believed Gigantic could be a successful console title from the game’s earliest days, and many testers told us they saw the potential, too. We didn’t want to dumb down the experience or come out with a second-class port, though. This partnership with Microsoft lets us make an Xbox One version that’s first class all the way.
At Last, Peace in the Platform Wars?
Well, probably not. While many of us are “dual gamers” playing both PC and console games, each platform has its fiercely loyal audience, and for good reasons on both sides. But we are enthusiastic about breaking down some of the artificial walls that have prevented people from playing together across platforms.
You’ll be able to go back and forth between your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One—or your buddy’s—and your in-game progression and purchases will always be there. Whether you’re on the couch with a controller, or at your desk with keyboard and mouse, access to your stuff and your game remains the same.
You will ultimately even be able to opt in to play matches with friends across platforms—matches where everyone has agreed to mix PC gamers and console gamers. If you’re not interested, no problem—you don’t have to opt in. Gigantic will find plenty of like-minded allies and enemies for you. No matter what platform you’re using, we work tirelessly to make sure Gigantic is a fair, competitive experience for everyone.
Do I Have to Get Windows 10?
Not now, but yes, at some point in the near future, you’ll need to have Windows 10 to play Gigantic. We’re working with Microsoft to ensure a smooth transition. Some of you in alpha are already on Windows 10, and it’s working great. We’ll give you plenty of notice as that time draws nearer.
And did we mention Windows 10 will be free? You can go get the Windows 10 technical preview right here. Won’t cost you a thing.
Enough about All That—Let’s Talk about Motiga
It’s also worth noting what the statement in today’s news doesn’t say. This is a partnership, not a purchase. Motiga and Gigantic are as independent as we’ve always been. We make all the decisions about the gameplay, the infrastructure, and the business model.
Gigantic’s future was bright before this deal, and now it’s positively glowing. We’re coming out later this year on two great platforms, we’ve got gamer-centric partners who invented those platforms just down the road from us, and the game itself gets bigger and better every day.
You’ve Got Questions
If you’re reading this, you’re in early—you’re the foundation of our community. You’ve been great at welcoming new gamers and introducing them to the world of Gigantic. Our community is about to grow by leaps and bounds, and we’ll work with you to ensure it’ll remain the highly competitive yet fun and friendly place it’s always been.
Among the many things we love about the Gigantic community is your inquisitive nature. We’ve got this FAQ to cover the basics. Beyond that, email your questions to WeCanHelp@motiga.com, tweet them to @GoGigantic, or post them on our subreddit. Many of us are at PAX East in Boston next week, and assuming we aren’t buried by snowplows, we’ll answer your questions in a big Reddit AMAA March 11!
So now the excitement and anticipation remains, but I get to stop clenching my jaw shut. I can breathe a sigh of relief...until it’s time for the next Gigantic match to start, anyway.