Outriders and Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly has acquired Phosphor Games.
Now renamed People Can Fly Chicago, Phosphor Games was founded in 2009 and, by its own description, “creates dark, quirky, and whimsical games” such as mobile horror, The Brookhaven Experiment.
It becomes PCF’s seventh studio – and third in the States – for the Polish developer which also has teams in Rzeszów, Łódź, New York, Newcastle, and Montreal.
“A new chapter opens for our team,” said Justin Corcoran, Phosphor Studios CEO. “We are very excited to be joining People Can Fly to open a brand new Triple-A studio – People Can Fly Chicago. Our goal is to strengthen PCF’s presence in the US and help build People Can Fly as a global brand.”
Welcome PCF Chicago!
We’re excited to announce that we are taking over @phosphorgames development team with a newly established company – People Can Fly Chicago. It’s our 7th location, 3rd in North America.
— People Can Fly (@PCFPeopleCanFly) April 23, 2021
“Taking over the Phosphor Games’ team is simply an execution of our strategy, announced during PCF Group’s recent IPO,” added i, People Can Fly’s CEO, Sebastian Wojciechowski. “With the variety of ongoing projects, we need well-seasoned, ambitious professionals to bring our plans to fruition.
“Considering Phosphor’s team experience and quality I’m sure they will be a great addition to the PCF family and will facilitate our growth. Welcome on board!”
According to the recent press statement, PCF is working on two other “AAA projects” alongside the newly released Outriders: “a new game for Square Enix and a recently announced original, action-adventure title for Take-Two Interactive”.
In related PCF news, we already knew that Outriders players are kicking Devastator class players from endgame over a perceived lack of damage output, and now it seems Outriders griefers are kicking co-op players out of endgame missions before they can get their loot.
The game’s endgame, dubbed Expeditions, features a number of rock hard encounters that, if completed, reward powerful loot. However, expeditions only reward loot upon completion, and this where the trolls are stepping in to ruin their victim’s day, kicking them out before they can reach the drop pod.