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Epic Can Fly Too!

Epic Games has announced that it has acquired a majority interest in People Can Fly, the developer behind Painkiller. They also revealed that the studio is working with Epic on the PC version of Gears of War. Additionally, these companies are also collaborating on a new IP which Epic will be previewing to publishers at the Leipzig Games Convention this week.

The relationship began last year when People Can Fly was evaluating Unreal Engine 3 to use for a new multi-platform game project. “PCF showed us their early prototypes within only a few weeks and we were totally blown away,” said Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games. “The quality of their work was extremely high, and knew we had to find a way to work more closely with them in the future.” Epic hired PCF to work on the PC version of Gears of War, and collaborated with them on design of a new IP.

“We are very excited to be working with Epic Games” said Adrian Chmielarz, Creative Director and Co-Owner of People Can Fly. “To be able to work with the best technology company in the business and collaborate on making amazing fantastic games is an offer you just can’t refuse. Making games is hard work but it is also great fun. Working with Epic reduces the stress of being an independent developer and lets us focus even more on fun side of the business.”

Painkiller Movie Coming

Variety reports that the feature film rights to Painkiller have been acquired by Guy Walks into a Bar. As per the report, the studio’s principals Jon Berg and Todd Komarnicki will produce the project alongside Matthew Weinberg, with the film getting the tagline “Heaven’s Got a Hit Man.”

DreamCatcher VP George Chastain told the publication that the company chose this particular film studio partly because of their plans to blend fast-paced action, weaponry and a cast of demonic characters – all trademarks of the game – in the film.

The studio has already hired Ben McCaw to adapt the game into a film. His past credits include Gideon’s Vault, which was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition, as well as Art of the Fake and Class of the Living Dead.

It is too early to report any further details on the upcoming film, but more information is expected soon as it goes into pre-production.

Delayed: Heart of Empire and Painkiller

Two games have been delayed: first up is Heart of Empire: Rome, Paradox Interactive‘s upcoming strategy title in development at Deep Red (Tycoon City: New York). The RTS title has been postponed until Q1 2007; it will let players build their own Roman empire once released.

In a press release crafted painfully in Hell, DreamCatcher sent word that development time on the Xbox port of Painkiller has been extended to allow them to fine tune the gameplay. Painkiller: Hell Wars currently has no release date.