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Cliff Bleszinski interested in a new “arena shooter” for PC

by William Schwartz

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Cliff Bleszkinski, famed game designer of Jazz Jackrabbits, Unreal Tournament and Gears of War, stated on a podcast with Pointless that he was interested in “starting fresh” and making a new game. Bleszinski, who had left Epic Games after working for them for over 20 years, started garnering attention after he tweeted pictures of cropped art for his upcoming project.

According to Bleszinski in the podcast, “I have a slide deck, I have a pitch, I have concept art, I know pretty much what I want to do. It will be a PC experience that will hearken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on, if you know what I’m saying.” When asked to clarify, he said it was a first-person shooter with a caveat. “A lot of these kids playing Call of Duty, I don’t think they know what a proper arena shooter is.”

Bleszinski currently does not have a development team, however, he indicated that he wants to stay away from a big team, pointing towards No Man’s Sky as an example. “It would require a studio. But as much as I’m impressed with No Man’s Sky, you know, that’s four people.

Bleszinski also made mention that he is not interesting a typical developer-publisher arrangement. “I don’t want to work with the old guard, per se. I’ll talk to them, have meetings. But the last thing I need is some mid-level marketing guy telling me that ‘well, traditionally, this doesn’t sell well, so we’re concerned,’ and all that. Because they’re all rearward-looking, and it just drives me fucking batshit.”

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