Epic Games Fully Acquires People Can Fly

By Joseph Leray

Less than a week after founding Impossible Studios -- created out of the remnants of Big Huge Games and 38 Studios after the latter’s bankruptcy earlier this year -- Epic Games has announced that it has fully acquired subsidiary People Can Fly.

“Now we own it all,” Epic vice-president Mark Rein told Joystiq during GDC Europe. “We had a controlling stake, but the owner still owned a fairly large piece of it. They left, they’re gonna do their own thing.”

People Can Fly founder and creative director Adrian Chmielarz left the company last week, along with artists Andrzej Poznanski and Michal Kosieradzki, “in order to pursue other opportunities,” according to a statement from Epic Games president Mike Capps.

“One of the things that got missed with that story was that we bought the rest of People Can Fly that we didn’t own,” said Rein. “We didn’t announce that, so that was also part of it.

At least on the surface, the split seems to be amicable. Chmielarz tweeted that Gears fans are “going to love” Gears of War: Judgment, the game People Can Fly were working on at the time of his departure. “It’s in great hands,” he continued before thanking Rein and calling it an “honor” to work with Epic Games.

For his part, Rein had this to say about Chmielarz as-yet-unannounced plans: “They have something cool they’re gonna do, and we’ll be very supportive of it.”

Gears of War: Judgment will be available on Xbox 360 onMarch 19, 2013.

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