People Can Fly, the Polish developer behind the fan favorite Painkiller and most recently, Bulletstorm, has been officially purchased by Bulletstorm co-publisher Epic Games.
In an interview with The Verge’s Polygon division, Epic Games vice president Mark Rein revealed that Epic purchased People Can Fly officially last week, after working with them for nearly five years beginning with Epic Game’s going to People Can Fly to develop the PC version of their smash hit Gears of War. Since then, Epic has been a huge supporter to People Can Fly, financing them early on to keep the studio afloat. Currently, People Can Fly is in production on the next installment of the Gears of War series, titled Judgement. It should be noted that Epic Games purchased a majority shareholding of People Can Fly back in 2007, when the deal was made to port Gears of War to the PC.
Former CEO of People Can Fly, Adrian Chmeielarz, and senior members Andrzej Poznanski and Michal Kosierski have since departed the company on amicable terms, according to Rein. “We will be helping (Chmielarz) with some future announcements,” he said. “Our paths will be crossing again.”
This marks the fifth studio Epic Games has purchased in the past few years, including the reshuffling of Big Huge Games’ members into Impossible Games just last week. The other studios include Chair, which has created Shadow Complex and the iOS game Infinity Blade, and Epic Korea and Japan, which are currently used for licensing and support.
To say the least, it is good that People Can Fly is going to be sticking around for a little while longer. Hopefully Judgement becomes a smash hit, and that Epic Games faith in the Polish developer is well placed.
Source: The Verge Polygon