Epic: Bulletstorm Was a Bad Port, but Piracy Caused Poor Sales

Speaking with GameSpot at PAX East, Epic Games CEO Mike Capps revealed that a Bulletstorm sequel was in development until People Can Fly was reassigned to a new project. He went on to suggest that while Epic holds Bullestorm dear, the game‘s lower-than-desired sales on the PC platform may be the reason the IP is being shelved, and cited piracy as the major factor.

Capps said:

“I think Bulletstorm was very critically successful, and I think a lot of folks really enjoyed seeing something new. From a sales perspective it was good, but not amazing. I think EA was hoping we’d do better.

“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. It wasn’t the best PC port ever, sure, but also piracy was a pretty big problem.”

In other words: “Our PC version of Bulletstorm wasn’t that great, but piracy is the reason it didn’t sell.”

I’ll withhold my righteous indignation and let you folks have at it in the comments.

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5 Comments on Epic: Bulletstorm Was a Bad Port, but Piracy Caused Poor Sales

Jeff Mills

On April 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

When you port games from the console to the pc, it will almost always be terrible. People who play games on the PC they enjoy additional controls, abilities to control the camera better and mods. We don’t enjoy some really sloppy remap from an xbox controller. It’s lazy porting at its best and why your sales did terrible, not your BS excuse that it was piracy.

Piracy is an idiots excuse for a poor game doing bad. If you actually made a game worth the $60 price, you’d find more people would want to buy it.

When you do crappy ports from the console then CHARGE THE SAME PRICE, you’re not going to get a whole heck of a lot of sales because no one wants to play a crappy version of the same game.


On April 10, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Piracy may affect good games sales, actually. Bad games go bad both in sales and in pirated copies.

Console to PC ports are terrible most of the times. They are lazy half assed jobs most of the times: and there is always that particular moment when you play a PC game where you realise that a particular missing/or badly designed feature may have had some sense in a console that trigger your rage and makes you wov not to buy new PC games any more, since all you get is a second hand ripoff.


On April 10, 2012 at 4:38 pm

It definitely had to be pirating that led to poor sales…definitely. It would not be the terribad port, the wishfully high price tag (for a port), oh yea, and just being a port. In agreement with the two other people, I tend to ignore pc ports. They are never done right. If you cant design a game for my entertainment system of choice, F*CK OFF! Don’t expect me to throw my money at trash designed for the lowest common denominator. I would literally have more fun just burning it.

When will these dense, close-minded jackasses just man up and say “Yep, we f*cked up, sorry!”, and stop blaming the phantom menace that is “Piracy”. Make a good game, people will buy it, end of story. Some people will always pirate it, but not every pirated download would equate to a game sale anyways (people pirate the game to demo it, some buy if they like it. Some don’t have the money to buy it if they wanted to). So no, you can not say that it was pirated 50,000,000 times, that is $3 billion in lost revenue. It doesn’t work that way. Get over it. Jackasses!


On April 11, 2012 at 1:09 pm

I didn’t even bother to pirate bullstorm, that’s how bad of a reputation it had.


On May 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I eventually got it but the reason i baulked at the purchase was it needed… crummy windows LIVE.
A port of the Xbox DRM platform that is worse than Steam and so console focused it makes me groan.
I didnt like it in Batman AA nor in Bioshock and try to avoid it.

The trouble is this DRM stuff is turning off REAL PC gamers and still not stopping the pirates!
Cant they just give u a key & you register it online & game does one quick check that its not a duplicate?
I dont need all the extra & always on. Just the game & a nod to the devs that i got a legit key code.