Spellbreak developers Proletariat just took in $20 million in funding thanks in large part to Take-Two Interactive.
If you haven't heard of Spellbreak, then prepare for an education. It's an upcoming battle royale RPG where instead of just frantically scrounging around for more powerful gear, players will level up skills and spells to take on opponents in open-world combat.
You play as a mage with a magic gauntlet that fires out cool spells. And those spells can be a LOT flashier than your average AK-47 (or whatever else you find in a battle royale game these days). Footage on YouTube shows engagements filled with enormous explosions of fire, poison, and other elements each more colorful than the last.
Currently, the game is in closed beta on the Epic Games Store, but Proletariat has big plans. That's why they need some cash to get Spellbreak to where they want it: a massive battle royale game that spans multiple platforms.
To that end, Proletariat recently concluded round C funding to the tune of $20 million. Much of that funding came from Take-Two Interactive, with VP and head of corporate development and independent publishing Michael Worosz joining Proletariat's board of directors.
"Proletariat has a strong reputation as an organization that embraces a transparent development approach to deliver amazing experiences to its players," said Worosz after the announcement. "We are quite impressed with Seth and his team composed of exceptional creative talent at Proletariat and are proud to invest in their business and future success."
Proletariat plans to use that funding to help self-publish Spellbreak next year. The game is running it's closed beta from now until mid-December, after which they plan to take down the game for a major update. Performance, balancing of classes and items, and creating a new game mode are all priorities for the next iteration of Spellbreak.
Although the closed beta is on the Epic Games Store, Proletariat wants to release on all major platforms eventually. Whether this means the PC release will remain an Epic exclusive is still yet to be determined.