People Can Fly, makers of Bulletstorm, Painkiller, and Gears of War: Judgment, are going to be amongst the handful of big studios launching on next-gen platforms later this year. The cross-gen release of Outriders, a Square Enix-published third-person "shooter RPG," will be the team's first outing on the new hardware, but it's already making plans for another.
Today, People Can Fly announced that it is working on "a new original action-adventure AAA title planned for release on next-gen consoles, streaming platforms and PCs." It'll be both a step into a new genre for the Poland-based studio and a huge leap for its satellite New York location, which will be leading the project.
At the time of writing, there are 20 open positions listed for the New York branch and several more at the studio's other locations. The official announcement for the project says that People Can Fly expects to grow its U.S. team "over the next 12-18 months and additionally open a new startup studio in Montreal."
With that specification of "next-gen consoles," it also seems like People Can Fly is planning to launch this title a decent way into the lifecycles for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Many of the job postings ask for experience with Unreal Engine 4, but it's entirely possible that this new project could make the leap over to Epic's new version of the engine once it's released to developers next year. After some recent confusion around Godfall (an Unreal 4 title coming to PS5) and Hellblade 2 (a title targeting Unreal 5 that is currently using Unreal 4), it might be for the best that People Can Fly isn't talking engine specifics at the moment.
Given that Outriders apparently isn't being planned as a "games as a service" title, lots of the folks working on that may move on to this new project fairly soon. Editor-in-Chief Kat Bailey went hands-on with Outriders earlier this year and came away from the experience hoping it'll lean into its weirder influences and away from the likes of Gears and Destiny.
Outriders will be released in Holiday 2020 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. A Google Stadia launch planned for 2021 was announced earlier this month.