Epic Games Invests in Brazilian Development Studio Aquiris

Staff at Aquiris.
Staff at Aquiris. / Courtesy of Aquiris

Epic Games has invested in and signed a publishing agreement with the Brazilian game development studio Aquiris, the Fortnite maker announced Wednesday.

Aquiris is best known for developing the Horizon Chase series of racing games, and for its Apple Arcade release Wonderbox: The Adventure Maker, in which players craft their own adventures to explore and share.

As part of their agreement, Epic Games will publish an undisclosed number of Aquiris' future games, including the unannounced game on which the studio has already begun working. Aquiris says the investment will shape the next 15 years of the studio, indicating the deal will include the publication of several games. An exact investment sum was not disclosed.

"We are thrilled to partner with Epic Games," said Aquiris CEO Mauricio Longoni. "It's a strong endorsement of what Aquiris has built so far, and we can't wait to show the world what we are working on together. Epic's publishing power and close collaboration with us on tech, business intelligence, and product development will help us boost the quality and the reach of our titles."

Hector Sanchez, Epic's head of third-party publishing, will join Aquiris' board of directors as part of the deal.

"Aquiris not only have a keen eye for quality game experiences, but have demonstrated great artistic and technical capabilities with their utilization of Unreal Engine in their products," Sanchez said in a statement. "We're honored to have this opportunity to strengthen our relationship with one of the premiere studios in the growing and important Latin American development scene."