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Developer(s)1047 Games
Publisher(s)1047 Games
EngineUnreal Engine 4
ReleaseEarly access
On May 24, 2019 (PC)
On July 27, 2021 (consoles)
Indefinite beta
On August 25, 2021
Official release
On September 15, 2022
Genre(s)First-person shooter

Splitgate (known during development under the working title Splitgate: Arena Warfare) is a free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed and published by 1047 Games. It was released in early access on May 24, 2019, for Linux and Microsoft Windows on Steam, and on Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on July 27, 2021. A PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S version came in 2022. On August 25, 2021, the developers announced that the game would stay in beta indefinitely and at the same time released Season 0. The game revolves around Halo-inspired sci-fi combat in battle arenas where players can create wormhole portals between two points on the map that have been compared to those of the Portal series, and fire weapons or travel through those portals.


The game was developed by Nevada-based 1047 Games. Its founders, Ian Proulx and Nicholas Bagamian started working on the game as a school project while they were attending Stanford University studying computer science. Proulx was inspired by Portal and Portal 2, and believed that its mechanic could translate well into other video game genres. They worked on the game without funding for six months, and then released a demo for user testing, which became unexpectedly popular as the game drew 600,000 downloads in its first month of release. The game design philosophy was described to be similar to that of Fortnite and Rocket League, in which the game is "easy to learn" but "difficult to master".[1]

The game was released as a free-to-play title on Steam on May 24, 2019. 1047 Games continued to work on the game post-release and had raised a total of $10 million for the project by May 2021 from investors.[2] In June 2021, the company announced that the game would be coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S with cross-platform play supported.[3]

While Splitgate struggled to maintain a viable player base after its initial early access launch in 2019, the game saw a significant surge of players when the game's beta launched in early July 2021, causing it to surpass 600,000 downloads in the first week.[4][5] Its sudden popularity was unexpected by the developers and led to the game going offline several times to fix server issues.[4] This led to the postponement of its departure from early access while the developers attempted to increase server capacity to handle well over 100 concurrent players.[6] Despite attempts at increasing server capacity, a queue system was implemented to limit the number of players logging onto the game. Developers posted updates on the server's status on their Twitter accounts until the system was removed in August 2021.

In September 2022, the developers announced that they had ceased feature development on Splitgate to focus on a sequel created using Unreal Engine 5.[7][8]


Season Title Period Description
0 Season Zero August 25, 2021 – January 27, 2022 The first season of Splitgate included a new map called "Karman Station", a new game mode called "Contamination", a new battle pass that builds off of the beta battle pass, and balance changes.
1 Season One January 27, 2022-present The second season of Splitgate added a highly anticipated map creator beta, and brought new fidelity changes to the map Foregone Destruction as well as a new simulation map called Hotel. It also included the new game modes "Evolution" and "One Flag Capture the Flag", a new battle pass with skins and other in-game rewards, and some graphical overhauls to all maps.[9]


Splitgate received an aggregate score of 68/100 on Metacritic.[13] Samuel Horti of IGN said that while the game is an "average arena FPS", the "clever twist" of being able to place portals turns it into a "smart, tactical team-based shooter". However, he criticized the game's "bland" maps and its low player count, which made it difficult to create balanced matches.[14] Alex Santa Maria of Game Revolution called the gameplay "impressively solid" but saying it needed "a bit more visual flair" and comparing the game's armor designs to "forgotten also-rans like Section 8".[12] Aiman Maulana of the New Straits Times rated the game 7/10, calling the gameplay variety "decent", but saying it needed more content and maps.[15]

Polygon included Splitgate under their list of what they considered to be the "best games of 2021."[16]


  1. ^ Takahashi, Dean (May 24, 2021). "1047 Games raises $6.5M to develop free-to-play shooter Splitgate". VentureBeat. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  2. ^ Dealessandri, Marie (May 25, 2021). "1047 Games raises $6.5 million". Gameindustry.biz. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  3. ^ T.M. Kim, Matt (June 12, 2021). "Portal Shooter Splitgate Announced for Xbox, PlayStation With Cross-Play - IGN Expo". IGN. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  4. ^ a b Prescott, Shaun (2021-07-26). "Splitgate's final release is delayed while studio revamps server infrastructure". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  5. ^ Grubb, Jeff (2021-07-20). "Portal-style shooter Splitgate surpasses 600,000 downloads on console in first week". VentureBeat. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  6. ^ Clayton, Natalie (2021-08-03). "Splitgate dev 'can't just buy more servers' to deal with exploding player numbers". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  7. ^ Morgan Park (2022-09-02). "Splitgate dev is leaving 'Halo with portals' behind to make its next shooter". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  8. ^ Yang, George (2022-09-02). "Splitgate Devs End Development on Popular Shooter to Focus on Unreal Engine 5 Sequel". IGN. Retrieved 2022-09-03.
  9. ^ "Beta Season 1 Patch Notes January 27th, 2022". splitgate.com. January 27, 2022. Retrieved February 21, 2022.
  10. ^ "Splitgate Arena Warfare for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  11. ^ Horti, Samuel (7 June 2019). "Splitgate Arena Warfare Review". IGN. Retrieved 12 June 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Splitgate: Arena Warfare Review | Assault on Aperture Science". GameRevolution. 29 May 2019. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  13. ^ "Splitgate: Arena Warfare". Metacritic. Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  14. ^ Horti, Samuel (June 8, 2019). "Splitgate: Arena Warfare Review - IGN". Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  15. ^ Maulana, Aiman (17 Jun 2019). "Fast-paced multiplayer shooter game". Retrieved 2019-10-21 – via PressReader.
  16. ^ Polygon Staff (19 Apr 2021). "The best games of 2021 (so far)". www.polygon.com. Retrieved 2021-12-11.

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