News: Epic Games have now fully acquired People Can Fly, the subsidiary they previously had a majority share in. The work on Gears of War: Judgment continues unabated, despite the departure of three key developers.
Yesterday, we reported that People Can Fly founder Adrian Chmielarz departed his studio along with two artists to pursue new opportunities. According to a report from Polygon, this is due to the fact that the Bulletstorm developer is now fully owned by Epic Games after being bought out.
“We doubled down on People Can Fly. It was something we always hoped to do,” says Epic’s Mark Rein.
The parting of ways was completely amicable as well: “We will be helping Chmielarz with some future announcements. Our paths will be crossing again,” Rein assures.
People Can Fly is currently hard at work on Gears of War: Judgment, a task they were handed after their supportive work on previous Gears of War titles and their pet project Bulletstorm. Chmielarz was serving as creative lead on Judgment, and he’s tweeted that the game is still in great hands.
Epic recently lost veteran producer Rod Fergusson to Irrational, a development that won’t affect Judgment either. “Rod was the director of production, he was overseeing all of the producers. That’s not to say he wasn’t touching it at all, but he no longer had that direct role,” Rein says.
Perhaps Chmielarz likes his independence a bit too much to be wholly owned by Epic. Now he can work on whatever he wants, which may be this.