Replace – 7/6/19: Folks Can Fly has responded to PCGamesInsider.biz’s request for clarification on whether or not its New York workplace was, in reality, an acquisition of native developer Defiant Studios.
The Polish video games agency revealed this US outpost earlier within the week. It is being headed up by David Grijns, who based Defiant Studios in 2016. There are additionally one other ten former Defiant Studios staff working at Folks Can Fly New York, begging the query whether or not this was a brand new developer or an acquisition of Defiant.
In accordance with Folks Can Fly, it’s the former.
“Folks Can Fly U.S., LLC opened a model new studio in New York Metropolis, in a brand new workplace and placement,” a spokesperson stated.
“New York provided a large pool of thrilling expertise to construct our new group from. This included some gifted and skilled individuals from Defiant who needed to hitch our new group.”
Authentic story – 6/6/19: Polish video games agency Folks Can Fly has arrange store in North America.
The Bulletstorm and Painkiller maker has stated it has established a studio in New York, its fourth in complete, following its Warsaw, Poland headquarters, the Newcastle, UK outfit arrange in September 2017 and its second Polish location in Rzeszow, in Might 2018.
The New York outfit is being headed up David Grijns, who has held roles on the likes of Activision Blizzard, John Woo’s Tiger Hill Leisure, MTV Video games, Atari and Avalanche Studios. Earlier than being appointed studio head for Folks Can Fly’s North American outfit, he arrange an organization known as Defiant Studios in April 2016, working with Rockstar Video games, Warframe maker Digital Extremes and troubled Swedish developer Starbreeze.
Apparently, of the 15 individuals at present listed on LinkedIn as working at Folks Can Fly working within the New York space, 11 beforehand labored at Defiant Studios, begging the query whether or not the Polish outfit has arrange a brand new growth home or just purchased Defiant Studios.
Defiant Studios remains to be down as an energetic firm in New York State’s Division of Firms listings, with Folks Can Fly US additionally registered as its personal organisation – as of Might 28th, 2019.
We have reached out to Folks Can Fly for remark.
Proper now, Folks Can Fly New York is made up of 30 members of employees, with the agency giving no indication of how giant it desires to develop.
Beforehand, Defiant was beforehand engaged on a sequel to CI Video games’ Lords of The Fallen however was taken off the venture final month. By the way, the corporate additionally trademarked ‘Megalodon’ on July 31st, 2018. This was suspended on February seventh, 2019. That is pure hypothesis on our half, however this might have been a venture that Defiant was engaged on earlier than Folks Can Fly got here into the image.
“It is a tremendous time for Folks Can Fly,” Folks Can Fly CEO Sebastian Wojciechowski (pictured) stated.
“With the opening of our New York studio, we’ll surpass 200 employees, which can assist us speed up the event of our triple-A venture with Sq. Enix. On the identical time, Folks Can Fly now has a strategic foothold in one of many biggest cities on the planet by which to draw world-class expertise. David and Roland have a incredible monitor document in constructing and managing high-quality groups. I sit up for working with them alongside our present studios within the UK and Poland.”
Grijns added: “Once we first met Sebastian, we may inform instantly that we shared the same imaginative and prescient. Sebastian instantly noticed the distinctive alternative our group represented, and we have been amazed by the sport Folks Can Fly has been engaged on for the previous few years. We could not be happier to assist construct upon Folks Can Fly’s unbelievable monitor document and historical past and to work hand in hand with the superb groups in Warsaw, Rzeszow and Newcastle. We’re additionally thrilled to be reunited with our previous pals at Sq. Enix.”