People Can Fly, Sp. z o.o.
People Can Fly is a development studio founded in February 2002 and located in Warsaw, Poland. The company is known for the Painkiller
franchise but also collaborated with Epic Games, Inc.
on the PC version of Gears of War
. On 20th August 2007 Epic announced to have obtained a majority interest in the company.
For Epic, People Can Fly assisted with the design of multiplayer maps for Gears of War 2
. In February 2011 Bulletstorm
was released, an entirely new first-person shooter franchise. Immediately following the release the team started working on the sequel Bulletstorm 2
, but Epic eventually decided the studio should work on another project, putting the sequel on hold. In May 2012 it was revealed the team is working on Gears of War: Judgment
, a prequel to the first game in the Gears of War
On 13th August 2012 Epic Games announced to have acquired the company. Just the day before Epic confirmed that founder and creative director Adrian Chmielarz
left the company, along with lead artist Andrzej Poznanski
and principal artist Michal Kosieradzki
The history behind the company's name:
We were trying hard to come up with something good for a couple of days, and even though some proposals sounded catchy, nothing really clicked. Then we came up with this strange idea of checking the names of various ambient/techno/house albums and songs. We figured these people, with the help of more or less legal substances, may have already come up with something good. After a couple of hours, boom, a song called "People Can Fly". Even though we continued our little research, that phrase didn't want to let go and we realized we have a winner. Only later we have found this quote from X-Files' Fox Mulder: "When you dream there are no rules, people can fly, anything can happen". Couldn't have said it better ourselves!