People Can Fly, the developers of Bulletstorm and Painkiller, are developing a new shooter alongside Square Enix.
This news comes as part of the announcement that People Can Fly are opening two new studios; one in the UK and one in Poland. Those two studios will be working alongside the developer’s original studio in Poland to develop a “AAA shooter alongside Square Enix.” While PCF claims that over 150 people are working on that IP, they do not share any additional information about the game at this time.
That’s a shame, but the news that PCF is working on a new shooter is good enough for now. It’s actually been quite some time since we’ve seen a new shooter from the studio. They burst onto the scene with 2004’s excellent Painkiller and went on to develop the high-profile PC port of Gears of War just three years later. They then worked on Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and the excellent Bulletstorm with Epic as co-developers.
Epic eventually acquired PCF and asked them to develop Gears of War: Judgement in 2013. Since then, though, PCF hasn’t released a high-profile new game. They worked on Fortnite with Epic – which is certainly another feather in their cap – but it’s been too long since the studio has produced a truly new game of their own much less an IP. There were rumors they were working on a game called Come Midnight, but that project was canceled around the same time that publisher THQ went under.
It’s not clear exactly how Square Enix fits into the Epic and People Can Fly partnership as it relates to this upcoming project, but the fact that PCF referred to it as an IP as part of the announcement of their new studios suggests that it’s safe to think of this upcoming game as primarily being their personal project.
That’s a good thing considering that PCF is one of the best action developers in the business today. Their games exemplify the kind of over-the-top gunplay that the best pure action games feature, and the studio’s ability to creatively push the limits of the genre is unmatched. We hope to hear more about this game at E3 2018.