Epic Games announced that it has acquired a majority interest in Warsaw, Poland-based game developer People Can Fly, which is best known for creating the hit PC game, PAINKILLER. Most recently PCF has been collaborating with Epic on the PC version of GEARS OF WAR. In addition, the two companies are collaborating on a new intellectual property, which Epic will be previewing privately to publishers at Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany this week.
The relationship began last year when People Can Fly was evaluating Unreal Engine 3 to use for a new multi-platform game project. "PCF showed us their early prototypes within only a few weeks and we were totally blown away," said Mark Rein, Vice President, Epic Games Inc. "The quality of their work was extremely high, and we knew we had to find a way to work more closely with them in the future." Epic hired PCF to work on the PC version of GEARS OF WAR, and collaborated with them on the design of a new IP.
"Working with this team of guys who love making over-the-top shooters was a blast, and we didn't want it to end," said Dr. Michael Capps, President of Epic Games. "And their work was outstanding. The multiplayer levels they created for GEARS PC look as good or better than the original. How could we not jump at the opportunity to work together on a long-term basis?"
"We are very excited to be working with Epic Games" said Adrian Chmielarz, Creative Director/Co-Owner of People Can Fly. "To be able to work with the best technology company in the business and collaborate on making amazing, fantastic games is an offer you just can't refuse. Making games is hard work, but it is also great fun. Working with Epic reduces the stress of being an independent developer and lets us focus even more on the fun side of the business."
People Can Fly is a 50-person game development studio founded in February 2002. PCF's first game, PAINKILLER, was awarded numerous industry awards and averaged a rating of 82% based on 250+ reviews.
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, North Carolina and established in 1991, develops games and game engine technology for PC and console. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in their UNREAL series and their latest game, GEARS OF WAR, broke sales records on Xbox 360 selling more than three million copies worldwide in the first ten weeks and awarded overall Game of the Year for 2006 by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Game Developers Choice Awards, GameSpot, GamePro and many others. Additional information can be obtained at www.epicgames.com