People Have Flown

Artists and leaders from People Can Fly are leaving the studio.

By: James Hawkins

Filed Under: news

Epic Games, the developer of the Gears of War franchise, is seeing a miniature exodus from their Polish development squad, People Can Fly. The studio became a weighty blip on gaming’s collective radar with their lavish acrade-shooter Bulletstorm in 2011, which showcased delicate craftsmanship, a circus of action, and the potential to produce fresh intellectual property in a triple-A industry that is mired in iterations. Now, it is seeing press for a small sieve in its workforce, leaking its considerable human capital into other development teams across the globe.

Over the weekend, Epic confirmed speculation that Creative Director Adrian Chmielarz, as well as artists Michal Kosieradzk and Andrzej Poznanski, will be leaving the studio to pursue their own projects. Where they will land is still unknown.

Earlier this year, Epic Games tabled Bulletstorm 2 in favor of a new Gears of War branch, entitled Judgement. People Can Fly was tasked with completing this fourth Gears offering, which will likely be the last in the series before the eighth generation of consoles, and the departing trio encourage fans that the game remains in good hands. It is slated for release mid 2013.

The news comes just days after Gears of War Director of Production Rod Fergusson split from the conglomerate to join Ken Levine and Irrational Games as they finish up work on BioShock Infinite.

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About the Author:
James Hawkins is the founder of Bit Creature. He's a published poet, dabbling sportswriter, and former Senior Editor of Village Voice Media's Joystick Division.

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