Epic Games Kills Bulletstorm Sequel, Dirty PC Pirates Partly To Blame

Brad Chacos

When an Ubisoft dev blamed piracy for the lack of an "I Am Alive" PC port towards the end of last year, he touched a nerve with a lot of desktop gamers -- at least if the heated comments left on the article are any indication. Now, the Jolly Roger flag-waving torrent crowd has helped Epic Games decide to put the kibosh on a Bulletstorm sequel, and not just for PC gamers.

"We made a PC version of Bulletstorm, and it didn't do very well on PC and I think a lot of that was due to piracy," Epic President Mike Capps told Gamespot in an interview yesterday . "It wasn't the best PC port ever, sure, but also piracy was a pretty big problem."

Since we're talking games, it's time to bust out a protip: If you don't want people pirating your game, don't treat PC gamers like second hand citizens and toss them a half-assed console port. And while we're tossing out protips, here's one for pirates: illegally downloading PC games makes developers less likely to make more of them.

For what it's worth, Capps says that Bulletstorm's sales were "good, but not amazing" and he hopes a sequel pops up someday in the future.

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