People Can Fly (PCF), the developer behind the popular game Outriders has recently opened its seventh location as they take over the Phosphor Games’ development team. This will be the third studio for People Can Fly in North America.
For those unfamiliar with Phosphor Studios (Now PCF Chicago), they’ve developed several titles across the mobile, console and PC platforms. While most of their projects appear on mobile, and primarily follow big-name Hollywood films and intellectual properties like Jurassic World, Batman, Man of Steel and World War Z, Phosphor has also created some popular and well received titles like Horn which was released back in August of 2012, with its last update rolling out on iOS in December of 2013.
On the multiplayer front, Nether: Resurrected is one of Phosphor’s titles that, at one time, had been featured here, but has largely fallen under the radar, and then was quickly abandoned. Listed as both a single-player game and an MMORPG, the game no longer holds URLs for the game, nor has the development team provided an update since January 2016, barely 2 years from the initial release date. Still, PCF, who is known for several popular titles such as Bulletstorm and most recently, Outriders believes that the Phosphor Games’ team will only bolster their presence in the US. PCF CEO Sebastian Wojciechowski had this to say regarding the acquisition:
“Taking over the Phosphor Games’ team is simply an execution of our strategy, announced during PCF Group’s recent IPO. With the variety of on-going projects, we need well-seasoned, ambitious professionals to bring our plans to fruition.”
- Sebastian Wojciechowski, CEO, People Can Fly
People Can Fly was established in Warsaw, Poland, and only recently debuted on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in December of 2020. PCF’s latest hit, Outriders, has seen some early success, despite several game-breaking bugs, such as an inventory wipe issue that was recently patched, but restoration of the gear lost is still pending. How the newly acquired Phosphor Games’ team fits in to PCF’s growing developmental arsenal is not yet clear, but we look forward to seeing what comes out of PCF’s new Chicago office in the future.