A sequel to last year’s score-chasing shooter Bulletstorm was in development at People Can Fly, Epic Games has revealed, but was cancelled so that the studio could focus on a project that “was a better fit”.
“We thought a lot about a sequel, and had done some initial development on it, but we found a project that we thought was a better fit for People Can Fly,” said Epic Games’ President Mike Capps, talking to GameSpot over the weekend.
“We haven’t announced that yet, but we will be announcing it pretty soon.
“I’d love to go back [to Bulletstorm],” he added. “I think there’s more to do with Bulletstorm. Heck, it kind of ended wanting more.”
The game’s Creative Director Adrien Chmielarz added that the shelved sequel “was glorious”.
“The Bulletstorm sequel existed for a brief moment,” he said on Twitter this morning. “It was glorious. It exists no more.
“That doesn’t mean we’re unhappy at PCF. On the contrary. We’re working on [an] amazing new project. SOON.”
Making room for a new project may not have been the only reason behind the game’s cancellation, though.
Capps added that the original game was hurt by piracy and lower than expected sales.
“I think Bulletstorm was very critically successful,” said Capps, “and I think a lot of folks really enjoyed seeing something new. From a sales perspective it was good, but not amazing. I think EA was hoping we’d do better.
“It didn’t do very well on PC and I think a lot of that was due to piracy. It wasn’t the best PC port ever, sure, but also piracy was a pretty big problem.”
So, piracy aside, could we see a return to Bulletstorm after People Can Fly’s next project is completed? Capps won’t tell.
“I’d love to see another project,” he said, “but right now we don’t have anything to talk about.”
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