Fans of Bulletstorm, the 2011 first-person shooter from Epic Games, may be in for a disappointment at this latest news regarding a possible sequel. As follow-up was in the works under Polish developer People Can Fly, however the project has since been shelved, according to a recent Gamespot interview with Epic Games president Mike Capps. This casts doubt on the possibility of a sequel, at least in the foreseeable future.
The reasons for this are two-fold. While the initial development stages for a Bulletstorm sequel were in the works, the team at People Can Fly have been moved over to another, as yet unknown project that was deemed a “better fit”. How far into the development they were at the time of this shift is unclear. The other, presumably more prevalent reason is disappointing sales of the original Bulletstorm, especially on the PC platform, which Capps summed up by calling “good, but not amazing” and he further noted that publisher Electronic Arts (EA) had expected better sales. Despite positive reviews and selling over one million copies, Epic Games did not turn a profit on Bulletstorm and thus a sequel being a lower-tier priority is not surprising. Another problem that Capps points out is the high amount of piracy on the PC platform, which further hurt bottom line for the developer.
So is a sequel for Bulletstorm completely out of the question? However remote the likelihood of us seeing it anytime soon, Epic Games has not completely laid the idea to rest. Capps commented “I think Bulletstorm was very critically successful, and I think a lot of folks really enjoyed seeing something new,” further adding “I think there’s more to do with Bulletstorm. Heck, it kind of ended wanting more. I’d love to see another project, but right now we don’t have anything to talk about.” This might provide some optimism for fans hoping to see the franchise live on, however this effectively puts a Bulletstorm sequel into the “anyone’s guess” category.