Outriders developer People Can Fly has announced that it is parting ways with Take-Two, the publisher of its upcoming game, codenamed Project Dagger.
In a statement posted on its own website, People Can Fly announced that it received a letter from Take-Two detailing its “intent to terminate the development and publishing agreement by mutual agreement between the parties.”
Through the split, People Can Fly retains the intellectual property rights to its game and can either self-publish Project Dagger or find a substitute publisher. However, the developer still has to pay Take-Two back the money it provided to fund Project Dagger’s costs. The details of this refund are yet to be determined and will be arranged depending on how the game is eventually released.
Project Dagger has been in development at People Can Fly’s New York studio for two years. Very little is known about it other than that it is a new action-adventure IP.
In a statement, Sebastian Wojciechowski, CEO of People Can Fly said: “I assume we will part on good terms and I see no reason why we could not work with Take-Two on another project in the future. We strongly believe in Project Dagger’s potential and are now committed to continuing its development within our self-publishing pipeline. The game is still in pre-production – our team is now focused on closing combat and game loops and migrating from UE4 to UE5. I’m aware that this decision means we have more investments to come, but self-publishing is part of our strategy. Of course, we do not rule out working with a new publisher if a compelling business opportunity arises.”
The statement also provides an overview of the developer’s numerous other games in production. Project Gemini is being created in partnership with Square Enix, while Projects Bifrost and Victoria are both self-published by People Can Fly. Project Red is in earlier stages of concept development. The developer is also working on two VR games; Green Hell VR and a new project based on an existing People Can Fly IP. The company intends to release one game per year from 2024, either through a publisher or self-published.
Earlier this year, People Can Fly released Outriders Worldslayer, an expansion to the 2021 third-person shooter. Outriders was the first new game since leaving Epic Games and returning to independent development. With the amount of games it has in development, it seems it has an ambitious future in store for itself.
Matt Purslow is UK News and Features Editor for IGN.
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