People Can Fly, Sp. z o.o.

Moby ID: 4775

  • Epic Games Poland (from 2013-11-01 to 2015-06-24)
  • People Can Fly, Sp. z o.o. (from 2002-02 to 2013-11-01)

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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 series. It was released in March 2013.

On 13 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 company was renamed Epic Games Poland on 1 November 2013. On 24 June 2015, the studio announced the return to an independent studio as People Can Fly.

Known subsidiaries

Credited on 17 Games from 2004 to 2024

Bulletstorm VR (2024 on Windows, Quest, PlayStation 5)
Outriders (2021 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Edition (2019 on Nintendo Switch)
Fortnite (2017 on Windows, Macintosh, iPhone...)
Fortnite (Standard Founder's Pack) (2017 on Windows, Macintosh, PlayStation 4...)
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (2017 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Infinity Blade III (2013 on iPhone, iPad)
Gears of War: Judgment (2013 on Xbox 360, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox One)
Painkiller: Hell & Damnation (2012 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3...)
Gears of War 3 (2011 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming)
Bulletstorm (2011 on Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Gears of War 2 (2008 on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming)
Gears of War (2007 on Windows)
Painkiller: Overdose (2007 on Windows)
Painkiller: Special Edition (2006 on Windows)
Painkiller: Hell Wars (2006 on Xbox)
Painkiller (2004 on Windows)

History +

August 20, 2007

Epic Games, Inc. announces to have obtained a majority interest in the company, thus acquiring it.

February 2002

Company founded.

Trivia +

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!

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