Epic Games’ Cliff Bleszinski is never one to hold back his opinionated beliefs in regard to the future of the gaming industry, the trends that other developers seem to be developing, or the potential graphics capability he hopes hardware publisher will pursue. Cliffy B’s newest gripe? Games these days are too easy, he thinks, and he pledges that Epic’s upcoming Gears of War: Judgment will not follow the same pattern.
“It feels like in this current console generation that we’ve taken a lot of steps to grow the audience and what I think’s happened is that the games have become more linear and easier, so it feels like a lot of quick-time events,” he said, talking to Xbox360Achievements.
Bleszinski continued by saying games that actually require effort from the player are absent from today’s market, noting From Software and Namco Bandai’s Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls as particular examples of challenging games done well.
“The more I play games [that aren’t challenging], the more I turned off to them and just want to get back to systems interacting with systems, and get back to a game that, you know, when was the last time a game really challenged you and asked something of you, right?” he said. “There’s a reason why Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls have taken off lately. It’s because they really require you actually try.”
Though tumbling around with an overpowered sawed-off in Gears of War 3 may have been hours of bloody fun, it also may not have been the most challenging of tasks. However, Bleszinski promises gamers that Gears of War: Judgment will prove to be of a more demanding difficulty.
“Casual mode will still be casual, whatever, if you just want to see graphics and you don’t want to die,” he said. “But every other mode will be hard in this game and you will die…If this game doesn’t make you sweat, we haven’t done our jobs.”
The events of Gears of War: Judgment will take place prior to those of the original game and will feature Baird as the main protagonist along with everyone’s favorite Thrashball player, Augustus “Cole Train” Cole. If you haven’t yet, check out the game’s E3 2012 promotional video below: