People Can Fly was making a supernatural detective game before Bulletstorm

1:30 PM on 05.19.2014

Jordan Devore

Managing Editor

But it was canceled by publisher THQ

People Can Fly was working on a supernatural detective game set in the 1940s, Come Midnight, under publisher THQ until the project was cancelled in 2006. Former creative director Adrian Chmielarz tells Eurogamer it was "an incredibly moody game. Great narration, third-person perspective like Resident Evil mixed with LA Noire, and full of surprises."

The protagonist character, a private eye, had the ability to communicate with the dead -- to witness the last 30 seconds of someone's life by touching their corpse. Chmielarz said the game was "very hard to explain," but its cancellation happened "for reasons outside of the game itself."

It's not a total loss. The studio went on to create what would eventually become 2011's Bulletstorm, which was a breath of fresh air at the time. And while it's unclear who has the rights to Come Midnight -- "it's not THQ," according to Chmielarz -- the concept could be revived, one day.

Why THQ canned Bulletstorm dev's LA Noire-like game, Come Midnight [Eurogamer] [Image source]

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