Epic Games, having owned a large stake of the development studio People Can Fly, has bought the studio completely. People Can Fly, developers of Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment, have worked together with Epic Games on numerous occasions in the last decade, most noticeably on titles such as the PC version of Gears of War.
Along with the acquisition came the news that three key developers: founder and creative director Adrian Chmielarz, lead artist Andrzej Poznansi, and principal artist Michal Kosieradzki have left People Can Fly.
Epic Games vice president Mark Rein however claimed that the departures will not have a significant negative impact on Gears of War: Judgment’s development.
Often when key developers leave studios, games go backwards from there, for example the Final Fantasy games of late after key developers left Square Enix for ventures in other platform markets such as mobile gaming. Let’s hope that it won’t be the case with Gears. Contrary to that, sometimes these departures are hardly even noticed.
Rein had also said the same about Epic Games’ director of production, Rod Fergusson who left the studio to help finish Bioshock Infinite at Irrational earlier this month.
Last Updated: August 14, 2012