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Bulletstorm dev dishes about canceled supernatural detective thriller project

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Posted on May 20, 2014 AT 12:00pm

Prior to Bulletstorm, developer People Can Fly had worked for a year on “a moody as f***” detective thriller with supernatural elements called Come Midnight, founder Adrian Chmielarz told Eurogamer.

According to Chmielarz, Come Midnight would’ve been a third-person game in the vein of Resident Evil with a splash of L.A. Noire in terms of vibe, with “shooty bits” and “fist-fighting” and “visiting shady places talking to people.”

“The problem with the game was that it was very hard to explain,” Chmielarz told Eurogamer, ”in a way that it mixed noire, survival-horror, adventure, thriller, love story…The closest I can give you would be a more streamlined L.A. NoireL.A. Noire meets Uncharted, in a way.”

As is often the case with detective thrillers, Come Midnight would’ve starred a private eye working a pretty normal case who, eventually, finds himself embroiled in something much larger—something, in this case, with a supernatural twist. After briefly dying at some point in the case, said nameless P.I. would gain the ability to peer into the afterlife, to see the last 30 second’s of a dead body’s life by making contact with them.

Unfortunately, Come Midnight would up being nixed by publisher THQ in 2006 for what Chmielarz says were “reasons outside the game itself.” The People Can Fly founder said that, at the time, THQ was “withdrawing from Europe” and canceled the game unceremoniously. To recoup the losses from time and investment, People Can Fly constructed a prototype to show to Epic Games that would eventually become Bulletstorm.

Late last year, the studio—whose previous work includes the Painkiller series and Gears of War: Judgment—had been rebranded as Epic Games Poland.

Source: Eurogamer

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