Bulletstorm Dev's Canceled Project Way More Serious

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Bulletstorm Dev's Canceled Project Way More Serious

Before working on the shooter that'll have players firing grenades into enemy posteriors, People Can Fly had a project in the works with a more serious tone.

If People Can Fly wasn't working on Bulletstorm, it'd probably have something similarly "extreme" in the works, right? Maybe not. Now that the studio is in the limelight for its crazy shooter collaboration with Epic Games, a video has surfaced of a very different previous project.

Artist Andrzej Rudz posted a concept video of a canceled People Can Fly game called Come Midnight that the developer presumably starting working on after the Painkiller series. According to a report by G4, it was a survival horror game slated for the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Rudz's video doesn't show any gameplay, but it does give us a look at what appears to be a very different concept from Bulletstorm. Bulletstorm is infused with a unique sense of humor, while Come Midnight doesn't look like it would have featured blowing up enemy private parts.

The video for Come Midnight gives me the feeling that players would have taken on the role of a hard-nosed private detective that stumbles upon something he never expected. Ghosts, or ghouls, maybe. I'd much rather throw hundreds of foes onto cacti and wing them around with an electric whip than visit that boarded-up house anyway.

Source: G4TV, via GameSetWatch

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Epic games probably laughed at them when they brought up the possiblity of doing a serious mature game. A couple of "listen brah" later set them straight. That and the fact that they wouldn't get any funding.

In all seriousness, the market is already saturated with failures in survival horror at this point. Maybe not always sale-wise, but with regard to reception...

It's a shame that was cancelled, I really like how it looks.

Its not like it could be less serious than BS. I'm not sure thats possible

I'm not sure that was really anything other than a test bed for a video loop. Without any other information, there's no real point in calling it anything other than a test video.

After looking at Bulletstorm and playing Painkiller, I really can't see People Can Fly doing anything serious...

Wow, that actually looks really good. It's a shame they didn't work on it side by side, or auction it off to another developer. I hope they decide to finish it after Bulletstorm.

It looks like it would make a very good Adventure/Horror game, with locations like that. I don't like the idea of Survival Horror cause I am instantly thinking of Silent Hill/Resident Evil which would ruin the class and style that video portrays. Thinking something more along the lines of Heavy Rain, but without all the damn QTEs

Tom Goldman:
I'd much rather throw hundreds of foes onto cacti and wing them around with an electric whip than visit that boarded-up house anyway.

There would also be no PC version, so I wouldn't be able to play it anyway.

Assassin Xaero:
After looking at Bulletstorm and playing Painkiller, I really can't see People Can Fly doing anything serious...

They actually tried to be serious with Painkiller. Then they realized that serious really didn't fit the gameplay, so they just said, "screw it let's be as juvinille as possible with the next one."

Steve Fidler:
Thinking something more along the lines of Heavy Rain, but without all the damn QTEs

So... just a start menu?

GiantRaven:
It's a shame that was cancelled, I really like how it looks.

Yeah but the video doesn't give us any idea of how the game actually works. It could have been the prettiest game ever made, but that doesn't mean shit if wasn't going to be FUN.

hansari:
In all seriousness, the market is already saturated with failures in survival horror at this point. Maybe not always sale-wise, but with regard to reception...

No, the marked is saturated with flesh coloured action games.

Actual survival horror games are few and far between.

That looks very interesting, though it was probably for the best. Still, I hope they come back to it, it's got a sort of Film Noir style to it, like L.A. Noir.

HankMan:

GiantRaven:
It's a shame that was cancelled, I really like how it looks.

Yeah but the video doesn't give us any idea of how the game actually works. It could have been the prettiest game ever made, but that doesn't mean shit if wasn't going to be FUN.

Conversely, you have no idea if it wouldn't be fun. All I was saying was that I liked what I saw in the video.

Sebenko:

hansari:
In all seriousness, the market is already saturated with failures in survival horror at this point. Maybe not always sale-wise, but with regard to reception...

No, the marked is saturated with flesh coloured action games.

Actual survival horror games are few and far between.

Saturated was a poor choice of words. Numberwise, there seems to be more than an appropriate number of survival horror games.

The problem is judging how many of them are good. Silent Hill 5, FEAR 2, Resident Evil 5...there are some good ones too but I wouldn't be too optimistic about profiting from a new title when the genre has brought too much disappointment for its fans.

Dead Space had some interesting mechanics, for example, but sold quite poorly.

That's the theme music from Farewell my Lovely (1975 version with Robert Mitchum) Good movie.

Philip Marlowe meets Silent Hill? I'd play it.

Apart from anything else I can't help but feel that Bulletstorm's humour is going to get very old very fast.

They probably caught wind of LA Noire part way through the project and changed their minds.

I want more noir games. Gritty, sepia toned realism with an alcoholic PI that was removed from the force for [that one incident]. I guess I just want a cinematic game that will make me think with cynical undertones about life, and to pretend to be Bogart.

GiantRaven:

HankMan:

GiantRaven:
It's a shame that was cancelled, I really like how it looks.

Yeah but the video doesn't give us any idea of how the game actually works. It could have been the prettiest game ever made, but that doesn't mean shit if wasn't going to be FUN.

Conversely, you have no idea if it wouldn't be fun. All I was saying was that I liked what I saw in the video.

I did to. But like I said, it didn't tell us anything about the game (Save that some part of takes place on a boat). They could have gotten Lonely Island to tell us that much!

You really prefer the look of bulletstorm? That there concept looks so sophisticated and really interesting. Don't bash it.

"Unique sense of humour" - Low-brow, childish and aimed at an american audience.

That's just my opinion though.

I like the idea for a setting, but if it was just a shooter I probably wouldn't be that interested. I feel the same way about the new upcoming Bioshock. The setting, as it's been shown and explained, seems phenomenal! But I'd honestly rather play a game in that setting where combat isn't the be all end all. I'm really looking forward to Human Revolution because of that :)

A game as atmospheric-looking at that was canceled for yet another meathead shooter game?
Great creative thinking there guys, because brainless violence and profanity is just so original in the gaming culture!

That trailer alone looks about 30x better than the whole of what I've seen from Bulletstorm.

Zepren:
"Unique sense of humour" - Low-brow, childish and aimed at an american audience.

Really just had to throw in the "american audience" dig, did you?

OT: Looks pretty cool concept art. I'm sure almost all of us came up with what the game would be like in our minds. For me, mixture of urban fantasy, horror and the Noir look. Featuring like a 1940s X-Files/Fringe Division. Lone agent, maybe lost his partner at the beginning which gives the motivation to continue on the case even though it looks like he's out of his league. Cash or points collected from killing or looting to upgrade what he has, and the ability to discover weaponry while continuing. Maybe there are single cell operating groups that also try and take down the creatures. He usually finds them dying or dead, and see what they have invented.

It looked pretty interesting. But I guess Bulletstorm is more likley to sell well. A damn shame.

It looks like it could have been a very good concept. I hope they decide to go back to it at some point.

I think... hell I would have liked it, it looked awesome and had an awesome atmosphere... I dont know how survival horror-y it wouldve gotten, but I would much rather support this artsy looking game than Bulletstorm (even though I love bulletstorm)

wait a second though, why is it that Bulletstorm hasnt gotten any flak for its content yet? usually this is the kind of thing the media would jump on, what with the whole shooting a guy in the ass hole and lighting him on fire

FallenTraveler:
wait a second though, why is it that Bulletstorm hasnt gotten any flak for its content yet? usually this is the kind of thing the media would jump on, what with the whole shooting a guy in the ass hole and lighting him on fire

Because it's obviously over the top that it can't possibly be considered realistic? That, and the media only jumps at games close or after it's released.

Jumplion:
That looks very interesting, though it was probably for the best. Still, I hope they come back to it, it's got a sort of Film Noir style to it, like L.A. Noir.

Yea i thought that maybe they didn't want to compete and be compared to L.A. Noire, but.....that's not exactly a crowded market..I would easily give up bulletstorm for a game like this. Even though there is no gameplay it just has class and a distinct style with an air of maturity. I wish they made this instead...

hansari:
Epic games probably laughed at them when they brought up the possiblity of doing a serious mature game. A couple of "listen brah" later set them straight. That and the fact that they wouldn't get any funding.

Hahaha that is probably exactly what happened. "Listen brah i don't know about all that gay detective stuff but check out this game. You can put a bomb in a dude's ass!" Bulletstorm seems like good fun and the level design is magnificent but its not my type of humor. Seem's immature in a bad way, to appeal to a younger fanbase.
Anyone ever see that game ubisoft canceled? The awesome sci-fi one?

People May Fly will hopefully have some strong backing in the future for projects like this. I'm sure that Bulletstorm will be great, and since reading that article about it I've been excited about getting my hands on it (about a month left!), but People May fly seems to be the company that I'd trust to make a strong horror game, why? Because they're creative

They spend the time to make unique weapons, even the generic stuff has originality, like there's a 4-barrel shotgun that fires air in Bulletstorm, and an assult rifle that fires a 100 bullet-fused shot, in Painkiller they had a gun that shoots shuriken and lightning, and enemies in the game were all unique, nothing felt like copy pasted, changed colors of earlier enemies (WoW...I love you, but you're very guilty of this :P)

Hopefully Bulletstorm does well and gets People May Fly up on the map as a serious company, and Epic funds any projects they want to do, including this, because those graphics don't look like they were from that time, maybe future game coming up? We can only dream

"I'd much rather throw hundreds of foes onto cacti and wing them around with an electric whip than visit that boarded-up house anyway."

Then gamers expect to be taken seriously. "We're mature! Games are art!" then we go and chainsaw old ladies in GTA IV to let off those repressed sociopath tendencies brought on by a combination of a lack of parental approval and 2 bottles of Mountain Dew in our system.

Delusibeta:

FallenTraveler:
wait a second though, why is it that Bulletstorm hasnt gotten any flak for its content yet? usually this is the kind of thing the media would jump on, what with the whole shooting a guy in the ass hole and lighting him on fire

Because it's obviously over the top that it can't possibly be considered realistic? That, and the media only jumps at games close or after it's released.

oh yeah, youre right (about the close to or after release thing) well come release it'll be funny

The video reminded me of Condemned quite a bit actually, but with a noir-ish twist. That, of course, is awesome.

I usually don't feel bad for games that get cancelled, but this has me interested to find out what it could have been. I hope they come back to it in some form in the future.

cairocat:

Steve Fidler:
Thinking something more along the lines of Heavy Rain, but without all the damn QTEs

So... just a start menu?

yeah, and you can either press "Play" or "Exit"

kind of a new concept of storytelling were the player only sits there looking at the screen without using his controller and the events unfold in a really timely fashion focusing in a story.

kind of cool huh? someone should name this new concept.

I think the gaming industry needs more games like Heavy Rain, upcoming L.A. Noire, or this concept. No, wait, scratch that - I need more games like that. Damn shame, it's not going out anytime soon, really.

Why does this video make me think of...... a 3-Dimensional Zork? Not the music, just the rooms and the atmosphere. Would that ever work?

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