Gears of War Judgment creative director leaves studio

Adrian Chmielarz and two artists depart People Can Fly; Epic Games confirms total acquisition of Polish developer for undisclosed sum.

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Development on next year's Gears of War Judgment will continue without its creative director. A statement provided to Kotaku today confirms that People Can Fly co-owner and creative director Adrian Chmielarz has quit the Warsaw, Poland, studio, alongside senior artists Andrezj Poznanski and Michal Kosieradzki.

Gears of War Judgment will be judged without its creative director.
Gears of War Judgment will be judged without its creative director.

"Adrian Chmielarz, Andrezj Poznanski, and Michal Kosieradzki have parted ways with People Can Fly and Epic Games in order to pursue other opportunities, which they will announce of their own accord," Epic Games president Mike Capps said.

Chmielarz's departure from Epic Games comes the week after director of production Rod Fergusson announced he had left the Gears of War house. Fergusson has joined Boston area BioShock Infinite developer Irrational Games, where he now serves as executive vice president of development.

It was also revealed today that Epic Games now wholly owns People Can Fly. Speaking to Joystiq, Epic Games vice president Mark Rein explained that it formerly held a controlling stake in the company, but not the entire outfit. It was not mentioned how much Epic Games spent to acquire the remaining stake in People Can Fly, and the company declined to comment.

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