News: Adrian Chmielarz, founder of Epic-owned People Can Fly and creative lead on the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment, has left the company along with two other employees to pursue new opportunities.
Everybody relax, Greg Zeschuk is still at BioWare. Wait, what’s that? Oh great. The founder of Epic Games subsidiary People Can Fly, Adrian Chmielarz, has really left the company he built along with two other developers. That means he’s also stepping down as creative lead on Gears of War: Judgment.
Joystiq has it from a statement made by Mike Capps, president of Epic: “Adrian Chmielarz, Andrzej Poznanski and Michal Kosieradzki have parted ways with People Can Fly and Epic Games in order to pursue other opportunities, which they will announce of their own accord.”
“Over the past decade, they have been instrumental in building People Can Fly into the talented team that it is today. We wish them well in their future endeavors. People Can Fly remains excited to release Gears of War: Judgment fans early next year.”
Epic have recently lost producer Rod Fergusson as well, who is helping out Ken Levine with the struggling BioShock Infinite. It’s possible that Fergusson will return to Epic once BioShock Infinite ships, though.
Chmielarz himself has tweeted that fans need not worry, as the next entry in the Gears of War franchise is “in great hands.”
Maybe now the man can get to work on that violent open world action-adventure game he’d like to make so much? Whatever his plans, I’m sure we’ll be hearing about them soon enough.