People Can Fly is a Polish studio that gave us Outriders and co-developed 2013’s Gears of War: Judgement. The latest contract People Can Fly had been working on was with GTA publishers Take-Two. PCF had been working on a new IP called Project Dagger for the last 2 years with Take-Two as the publisher.
However today, it was announced that the contract has been terminated by Take-Two. And they would not be working with PCF on the project anymore. The announcement was made by People Can Fly today via their official site.
Take-Two and People Can Fly Parting Ways
The press release states that on September 23, 2022, PCF group received a letter of intent for contract termination from Take-Two interactive. The duo had been working on an action-adventure IP titled Project Dagger. Both parties insist that the termination occurred on a positive note and with mutual intent of both.
'I assume we will part on good terms, and I don’t see reasons why we couldn’t work with Take-Two on some other project in the future. We strongly believe in the Project Dagger’s potential and are now committed to continue its development within our self-publishing pipeline. The game is still in pre-production – our team is now focusing on closing combat and game loops and migrate from UE4 to UE5. I’m conscious that this decision will add investments on us, but self-publishing is part of our strategy. Of course, we are not ruling out working with a new publisher if this creates a compelling business opportunity.'
Future of Project Dagger
Fortunately, the game isn’t going to waste post-2-years development as PCF still holds the complete rights to Project Dagger. They have stated that the game is still in pre-production and they are moving the game from Unreal Engine 4 to 5. Also, PCF state that there are multiple options for publishing now. They will either self-publish the game or they don’t rule out working with another party either.
Also, the amount of advances People Can Fly must pay back to Take-Two has not yet been agreed upon by the two parties; this will depend on whether the game is self-published or whether the developer can find another publisher to help.
It is a good sign that both companies have parted on a good note and it won’t affect the game. People can fly currently have around 7 projects in the pipeline so they are generally a busy company. We are looking forward to what they’ve planned for Project Dagger’s future. So, stay tuned for any further information.
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