Send News. Want a reply? Read this. More in the FAQ.   News Forum - All Forums - Mobile - PDA - RSS Headlines  RSS Headlines   Twitter  Twitter
Customize
User Settings
Styles:
LAN Parties
Upcoming one-time events:

Regularly scheduled events

Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly

Polygon has word that Epic has bought up the remaining portion of People Can Fly, the Polish developer (Bulletstorm Gears of War: Judgment) that they've owned a majority of since 2007. This follows news of departures from the developer, including founder Adrian Chmielarz, which this report says are related, though this door is apparently still open: "We will be helping (Chmielarz) with some future announcements," says Epic's Mark Rein. "Our paths will be crossing again." As for the purchase: "We doubled down on People Can Fly," Rein said. "It was something we always hoped to do."

View
19 Replies. 1 pages. Viewing page 1.
< Newer [ 1 ] Older >

19. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 14, 2012, 11:36 avianflu
 
there's a ton of long play gameplay videos on youtube for bulletstorm. They give a great idea how fun the game can be just creating combos out of the mobs.

It is a one-note game, but it does that one note very very well.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
18. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 23:56 Beamer
 
NotOneOfUs wrote on Aug 13, 2012, 23:38:
They may have bought the rest, but the good ones went off to Flying Wild Hogs.

Really? Name the good ones, then.
Only one guy that had much to do with Painkiller's design went to Flying Wild Hogs. By and large it was engine guys and animators that went. The game designers, weapon designers and level designers did not go. The AI guys, engine guys and some of the artists did.
And about as many people from The Witcher ended up there.
 
-------------
Music for the discerning:
http://www.deathwishinc.com
http://www.hydrahead.com
http://www.painkillerrecords.com
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
17. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 23:38 NotOneOfUs
 
They may have bought the rest, but the good ones went off to Flying Wild Hogs.  
Avatar 13188
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
16. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 23:17 killer_roach
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 13, 2012, 22:11:
I have Bulletstorm but I have yet to play it yet. Finding out there was no deathmatch multiplayer pretty much killed it for me. I really wanted to use those weapon/environment combos on the competition.

Agreed. There's so much potential with Bulletstorm that they basically wasted.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
15. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 22:11 Sepharo
 
I have Bulletstorm but I have yet to play it yet. Finding out there was no deathmatch multiplayer pretty much killed it for me. I really wanted to use those weapon/environment combos on the competition.  
Avatar 17249
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
14. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 20:38 The Half Elf
 
I just sorta noticed something.
id software had Raven, Bioware had Obsidian, Epic had/has People can Fly.
It's like they were turned to the darkside and slowly had the life crushed out of them.
 
Avatar 12670
 
"I've never seen a feature like this before. It warms your ass. It's wonderful" -Walter Bishop
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
13. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 17:48 killer_roach
 
From what Rein is saying about Chmielarz, it sounds a bit like he's starting his own studio and will be partnering with Epic. If that's the case, then that new studio is probably the real heir to PCF, while Epic's Polish studio gets further retooled to be a support studio for Epic's main operations.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
12. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 17:40 Hump
 
The destruction of a once great Polish developer is now complete. Nice job Epic.  
Avatar 10137
 
----------------------------------------------------------------------
"Both the “left” and the “right” pretend they have the answer, but they are mere flippers on the same thalidomide baby, and the truth is that neither side has a clue."

- Jim Goad
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
11. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 16:21 reisub
 
Honestly, the demo was enough to put me off. Horrible.  
Avatar 56136
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
10. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 15:32 Draugr
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 13, 2012, 15:17:
djinn wrote on Aug 13, 2012, 15:16:
I never played it as it seemed a large part of what they were proud of was its creative use of bad language. I figured if that's one of the main selling points of the game, no thanks. Was an incredibly cheap, juvenile tactic. If it actually was good, low sales seems like a marketing failure.

Like I said, the attempt at in-your-face marketing failed, as it almost always does. This wasn't "Make You It's Bitch" bad, but it was close as far as terrible advertising goes.

I feel the same, the advertising was broadcasting to me, 'THIS GAME ISN'T FOR YOU.' Not that cursing offends me, it just all seemed very juvenile. I imagine the dudebro market probably received it a little better.
Which was really disappointing after how awesome painkiller was.

Maybe I will need to go check it out afteralll... I already know the lack of jumping will take some getting used to, heh.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
9. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 15:17 Beamer
 
djinn wrote on Aug 13, 2012, 15:16:
I never played it as it seemed a large part of what they were proud of was its creative use of bad language. I figured if that's one of the main selling points of the game, no thanks. Was an incredibly cheap, juvenile tactic. If it actually was good, low sales seems like a marketing failure.

Like I said, the attempt at in-your-face marketing failed, as it almost always does. This wasn't "Make You It's Bitch" bad, but it was close as far as terrible advertising goes.
 
-------------
Music for the discerning:
http://www.deathwishinc.com
http://www.hydrahead.com
http://www.painkillerrecords.com
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
8. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 15:16 djinn
 
I never played it as it seemed a large part of what they were proud of was its creative use of bad language. I figured if that's one of the main selling points of the game, no thanks. Was an incredibly cheap, juvenile tactic. If it actually was good, low sales seems like a marketing failure.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
7. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 14:32 theyarecomingforyou
 
Bulletstorm was actually a lot better than I expected but they hyped it up too much, took a long time to offer a decent sale on Steam and made some poor design decisions (no jump?!). The marketing just didn't do it justice.  
Avatar 22891
 
SteamID: theyarecomingforyou
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
6. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 14:01 Beamer
 
avianflu wrote on Aug 13, 2012, 13:58:
I agree that it was under-rated. But the pricing was way off. Should have been retail 29.99 and then it would have sold tons.

Yup, $30 is right where I pegged it.

Sad that Homefront, essentially lesser content both in quality and quantity, sold millions more.
 
-------------
Music for the discerning:
http://www.deathwishinc.com
http://www.hydrahead.com
http://www.painkillerrecords.com
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
5. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 13:58 avianflu
 
I agree that it was under-rated. But the pricing was way off. Should have been retail 29.99 and then it would have sold tons.  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
4. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 13:04 mag
 
"We already killed People Can Fly, but oh no, we're not done with them yet. We are going to desecrate its corpse."  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
3. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 12:47 Beamer
 
avianflu wrote on Aug 13, 2012, 12:23:
marketing bulletstorm for $59 (console) was a big pricing mistake.

Epic was the only group that though it was worth the price of a full retail game.

It's on sale at Best Buy for $5 right now, PS3 and 360. It's an absolute steal for that.

I paid $40 for it, and thought that was fair given that I put about 18 hours into multiplayer. For single player only $30 would have been better. The "echos" or whatever, were far less engaging than I would have hoped and I only played a few minutes of that.

I still feel it was a way underrated game, killed by trying to market itself on attitude and failing the way most in-your-face attitude campaigns seem to in gaming. I had a blast in single player. Yeah, it clearly seemed like some of the weapons were more designed for faster gaming, but that didn't detract much for me.
 
-------------
Music for the discerning:
http://www.deathwishinc.com
http://www.hydrahead.com
http://www.painkillerrecords.com
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
2. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 12:23 avianflu
 
marketing bulletstorm for $59 (console) was a big pricing mistake.

Epic was the only group that though it was worth the price of a full retail game.
 
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
1. Re: Epic Buys Remainder of People Can Fly Aug 13, 2012, 11:58 Zoopster
 
I didn't realize there were flying people for sale. Are there any left or did Epic buy all of them?  
Reply Quote Edit Delete Report
 
19 Replies. 1 pages. Viewing page 1.
< Newer [ 1 ] Older >


footer

.. .. ..

Blue's News logo