Mystery Epic project revealed to be Bulletstorm

Next month's cover of Game Informer IDs unnamed game from Painkiller creator People Can Fly; Cliff Bleszinski now promising two official announcements on Monday--Gears of War 3 surprise already blown.

Friday began with Xbox Live accidentally revealing that Gears of War 3 will launch in April 2011. It ended with another project from Epic Games being identified, courtesy of the cover of next month's issue of Game Informer. On its Web site, the GameStop-owned magazine has unmasked the game in development at People Can Fly, Epic's Polish subsidiary.

With People Can Fly's mystery project revealed, it's unclear what Bleszinski has left to announce on Monday's Late Night.

Titled Bulletstorm, the new game is described as a shooter that has players "take on hideous mutants in a flurry of lead, all the while racking up combos that encourage variety over headshot after headshot." Though no further details about the game were revealed, the cover of the May issue did show off a protagonist battling some opponents that looked like a mix of Gears of War's Locust and some of Borderlands' badland bandits. (The cover also bears more than a passing resemblance to the box art of the original Doom.)

Epic bought a controlling interest in Warsaw-based People Can Fly in 2007, after the latter company had designed several multiplayer maps for the original Gears of War. Previously, the studio was best known for making the horror shooter Painkiller, its first expansion pack, and its console offshoot Painkiller: Hell Wars. In 2008, Epic announced that Electronic Arts would distribute the then-unnamed game, with the publisher slotting it for Q1 2011 in February.

Despite the double-whammy of announcements, Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski is still keeping up a pretense of mystery. This afternoon, he posted a Twitter message that promised "Two announcements about two upcoming games" on his Monday appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Bleszinski had been scheduled to appear on last night's show but bowed out at the "11th hour" in order to "polish" whatever he is planning to show as part of the announcement.

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digi-demon
digi-demon

Justin Bieber! / locust alert!, frag out!

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@ diabloakaSAHA yeah i agree UT 1 was awesome, they wrecked it with the next games(which were alright)

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@kenerhai anyway FPS's are great(so are 3rd person shooters), and there are still lots of 3rd person shooters around(maybe not as many as there were), such as the next ghost recon (future soldier), should be 3rd person as well as GTA4, Red Dead Redemption etc. and there are plenty of others to.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@kenerhai well it say's 'shooter' not FPS so it might not be first person, although it is likely to be.

kenerhai
kenerhai

Another FPS?!?!? They seem to be all the rage today. Kids nowadays with their first person games. I remember when I was a kid, almost all games were third-person shooters and you could see the badass you played as. I wish there were more 3rd person shooters.

diabloakaSAHA
diabloakaSAHA

hmm now while theyre at it how bout making a remake for the original UT game. Unreal Tournament HD ,the first UT game is the best UT game . :D . DO IT EPIC!! make it happen :)

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

wow these companies need to get some ducktape. i hope none of their motto's are loose lips sink ships :D

Augm3ntal
Augm3ntal

Unreal 2010(or 4) on 4.0 on 720... now that'd be epic..

Wylen0
Wylen0

Hey it may seem like it's just gonna be generic, But truthfully epic makes some great games and im sure they will find a way to make this one worth everyones time!

DEATH775
DEATH775

Bulletstorm, I didn't expect this one. Anyway I can't wait for Gears 3. Going to be one hell of a battle.

glendale1
glendale1

yawn... Gears should be fun, though. Especially if it plays for longer than an hour. When is Bethesda coming out with a new Elder Scrolls?

Black_Adder_
Black_Adder_

Bulletstorm...I think I'll live without another dumb shooter...I think...

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

So epic epicly fails at keeping secrets, kinda like sony. Bad puns not withstanding though, if cliffy has a third game on the making it would be awesome.

Seiki_sands
Seiki_sands

That cover doesn't look particularly distinctive or interesting (outside of the whip), but the description is interesting enough I guess. A little reminiscent of Sega & Bizarre Creation's The Club, only done with Gears-esque aesthetic sensibilities, judging by the cover. There is room for more shooters with rewards or focus on combos, something very few have done. I probably shouldn't be conjecturing too much off of a cover and a blurb.

Sefrig
Sefrig

I'm sorta glad that this got bumped because of Justin Bieber. >_>

mightEone
mightEone

Looks like Dom Santiago with a fro.

DarkZxion
DarkZxion

Cliffy B is the man with the plan.

vectorman88
vectorman88

hes going to have to really impress. I think that if there's anything we have learned in the past few months is that hype builds anticipation, but the final product needs to live up that hype. In addition, it needs to be not perfect but as foolproof as possible. if it doesnt, then tons of $$$ is lost, a fan base angry and discouraged, and hours of development wasted. of course, im talking about MW2. its still a good game but hackers, glitchers, Activision, and laziness ruined most of the enjoyment of the multiplayer. that stimulus package is disappointing too. Personally, this is a good way to introduce a new game but hes got to lose the d-bag, im better-then-everyone-else attitude. hes also got to deliver a lengthy single-player and a solid, unique multiplayer. No meleeing through walls or any of that crap. and if he cares so much about business, branch out to the ps3.

MrPush
MrPush

2bitSmOkEy Posted Apr 12, 2010 1:40 am GMT -12 Meh. How many times can people shoot mutants/aliens before it starts to get old? ----- about the same amount of times mario can save the princess, you dont like it go read a book

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

Im excited for not just Gears 3, which we all have known there would be since the original game, but this new title as well. I will be keeping a close eye on it.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

All the protagonists from Epic always has the same face!! starting from the Unreal Tournament 3, followed by Gears Of War, then this title!!

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Meh. How many times can people shoot mutants/aliens before it starts to get old?

hahamanin
hahamanin

new Unreal game not teh tournament running on ue4

Rigour_Mortise
Rigour_Mortise

I bet anyone a million pounds/dollars that this is an XBLA game

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

The titles might be good, but we'll see next year when it comes out.

green_dominator
green_dominator

Bulletstorm just sounds like another GOW clone...... I'll wait for Brink.......

vaejas
vaejas

Bowed out?? Another site said he got bumped for Bieber. bieberbieberbieberbieberbieber.....

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

It's always funny to see everyone get excited about another shooter. As if it will do anything different the 8 million other shooters that are flooding the market. XD

Red122
Red122

I cant wait till monday even i these are cliffs's surprises because I want video and I bet we will see a lot come monday. Hopefully this changes Garfield's mind about monday eh lol

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

I still don't see what it is about Gears of War that gets people so excited.

ragedemonz
ragedemonz

Wait a second, Cliff bowed out of a hyped up airing of Jimmy Fallon's show? Isn't that the dickest of moves?

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

@Daian Somebody gave you a thumbs down. That means someone likes Beiber. Which also means that there is a Wii owner amongst us. We must single him out, and "remove" him... permanently. P.S Somebody should throw stones at Beiber. I know I want to.

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

yeah hes a big bayonetta fan. sounds sick.

buft
buft

Bulletstorm sounds like a devil may cry style game, i was wondering why cliffyb has been name dropping bayonetta and devil may cry so often in interviews recently

VexnadDanger
VexnadDanger

seems everyone is fired up about this >.>

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Well I'm sure the thing they are "polishing" is some kind of trailer to one of these games so it'll still be worth checking out Monday night.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

Beh. I'm not getting on any hype wagons anymore. Games always sound amazing on paper, but how many times were we left with some half-baked product? People should learn that before selling the skin of the bear, you gotta kill it first.