Bleszinski "fought" for new IP after original Gears of War

Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski says fans have "no idea" how hard he lobbied for non-sequel.

Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski "fought" to develop a new franchise after the original Gears of War, the industry veteran has said.

"Those of you throwing the Gears sequels in my face have no idea how hard I fought for new IP at Epic after Gears 1," Bleszinski said on Twitter. "No idea."

"Confused Gears fans: Angry there's no Locust in Judgment's MP. Ask for Pendulum wars game, ;)" he added.

The original Gears of War--developed for under $10 million--was praised upon release in 2006 and sold over 3 million copies during its first 10 weeks on the market.

Bleszinski left Epic Games in October after 20 years with the company.

Since leaving the Gears of War studio, Bleszinski has said he may open a new outfit and get to work on a project code-named Silverstreak. At the same time, he did not rule out the possibility of joining an established developer and has met with numerous companies, including Activision and Electronic Arts.

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lnknprk_45
lnknprk_45

In response to the confused Gears fan remark he made, people are complaining that there aren't any Locust because they just got lazy and made it COG vs COG. A Pendulum Wars game wouldn't be COG vs COG, it would be COG vs UIR. While the Locust would be missing, it wouldn't get the same backlash because the UIR would be their own faction with their own characters similar to how Locusts are their own separate characters from the COG.

Gargus
Gargus

Wish cliffy would just shut up and make games or just go away. He has always irritated me terribly.

Daynan1
Daynan1

Horde mode was the best reason for playing GOW and Judgement doesn't have it. I wish more games had a Horde style multiplayer mode..

bloody_roar_fan
bloody_roar_fan

"I fought so hard to create something knew, and didn't wanted to continuing to milk a sequel because I'm a creative person and hate to be manipulated like a cow to make sequel after sequel! So I going to possibly joining some of the two most free thinking and non linear milking game developers like Activision and EA, they really like to continue to make something fresh and give creativity a priority, because they don't follow the philosophy of "if it keeps selling, we are gona milk it".

"It would be really stupid of me to say this and go for a company that does the exact same thing or even worse just because they pay BIG money, dah!"

.. Oh Clify....

anigmha
anigmha

Haters are an irrational bunch. Just read the comments below.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

The more that gaming media outlets let this moron talk shit the more shit he will talk...its funny how that works huh? Man I remember the good old days when Game developers Shut the fuck up and made games...sheesh

edinko
edinko

I knew he said something somewhere cause I farted.  I always fart when he says something

shakensparco
shakensparco

Geez people sure are angry for no reason. Sure Cliff seems kind of cocky, but holy crap, do you guys have a lot of anger for someone who has made three pretty good games. Gears isn't mind blowing, but it's a solid shooter. So what's with all the hate?

tightwad34
tightwad34

Wasn't he involved in a new sort of tower defense game that I think was at E3 last year? Cannot remember the name of it, but I haven't seen anything from it for a while now.

Auriken
Auriken

I stopped caring about anything this guy spews out when he started insulting PC gamers and then blaming us for everything. Gears of War PC was one of the buggiest games ever made. When it was released, the game didn't work. I'm not talking about the minority here, I'm saying the majority of people who purchased Gears of War on the PC couldn't play it AT ALL. Those minority who could get the game to start up was booted out within minutes.

You want to know how long it took for them to fix the problem? Almost a month. Yep...people who bought Gears of War couldn't play the game they spent money on for a month. Epic BARELY even registered that there were problems with the game. They left maybe one or two message on the forum that boiled down to "We're working on it and will fix the problem eventually" Yeah "eventually" was a month.

If they had done something like that on the consoles they would have been burned alive. But they released a patch a month later and swept it under the rug, then did a massive deletion of all posts at their forum that alluded to the bug ever existing.

And here's the best part of it all: around that time, Cliffy here decided to call all PC gamers pirates and thieves and then said that Epic would be abandoning the PC to focus on consoles. What an awesome coincidence. They release one of the buggiest PC ports of all time, put the bare minimal effort into trying to fix the problem, then decided that it would be easier to focus on consoles where they don't actually have to support their games after release.

So I don't care that Cliff is a veteran in the industry. Every word he says just comes out as "BULLSHIT BULLSHIT BULLSHIT" to me.

kabalzer0
kabalzer0

Gears sucks... and i was basically forced to play all of them because a friend of mine wouldn stop beggin me to play coop with him.

but Judgement was the game that i just could not finish. its so bad OMG how the hell can you make a boring game even more boring? well the dev team behind Judgement did it -_-

The1stFishBone
The1stFishBone

But he didn't do anything. He worked on those sequels and then quit when Epic finally started making a new game. Gears 2 and 3 were both steps backward with him at the helm. The only franchise I can think of the regressed more is Halo.

steelmouth
steelmouth

Well I would really have loved a new IP but not at the expense of Gears 2 & 3

BoSnerdly
BoSnerdly

It's good that they didn't listen to him. Between the games and the amazing novels by Karen Traviss, the Gears story (especially the characters) is one of the best!

PS - Like so many people posting, I'm also tired of Cliffy just saying things to get himself in the news.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

CLIFF B the KIM KARDASHIAN of videogames 

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

Don't really care what Cliffy thinks anymore. He supports MS not supporting used games and DRM. It seems only rich people hate used games.  You never hear major car manufactures whining about used cars. So once Cliffy decided to support MS's current practices I decided to stop caring what he thinks about anything. I mean really, he didn't want Gears of War to have any sequels but when 2 and 3 came out he promoted them non stop like a die hard fan boy. 

Namgis
Namgis

Please stop using Cliffy's match.com profile pic.

02050muh
02050muh

hmmmm silverstreak of turd

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

This is what happens when you sell out.

Revl8n
Revl8n

Am I the only one that thinks this guy is an in curable cry baby.

lemony_Venom77
lemony_Venom77

I think Cliff was right to fight to change the IP I mean gears just ended they made no new hype for there next game it was "no more gears... we already made a new one" I mean I love gears but you gotta put it on the back burner so that we the fans can start building some hype and also Epic games can add some sweet new things   

hadlee73
hadlee73

lol Did Bleszinski just put on his emo face and cry "Nobody understands me!"? :P

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

>Sequels are bad. BOO EVERYONE WITH SEQUELS.

>Sequels sell more than 1-off games.

Ok guys, this is just hypocritical. We can't go on and on about games like Kingdom Hearts 3 and Mirror's Edge 2 if we're gonna bash others for making sequels too.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I almost bought it until "including Activision and Electronic Arts"

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

@shakensparco People love to hate on other people that are; More Successful, Much More Intelligent, and Better Looking. Cliffy B. is a prodigy, and that's a fact. He created Unreal Tournament, and Gears of War. Epic Games wouldn't be S#!* if it wasn't for him. 

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

@Auriken Almost every PC gamer I know, and meet, is a TORRENTING MACHINE. They walk into my stores every day, as proud as can be. "Sixty bucks?? HAHAHA, I downloaded this last night FOR FREE!!" This is why I love services like Steam. 

macca366
macca366

@The1stFishBone Gears 2 and 3 were very solid sequels that introduced fun new gameplay features and tweaks in both single and multiplayer that improved the game, as well as vastly expanding on the first scenario, environment and variety-wise. Gears Judgement was the only step backwards quality or improvement-wise, where he was absent.

jblp
jblp

@BoSnerdly So this dude's lame stories on Gamespot are news!?! This is the fault of someone posting on Twitter. OK. Sure.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@BoSnerdly disagree. gears was good..... but I don't get what people see in it. 

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

@smoothyplum26 Actually, some car manufactures do whine about used car sales. Ferarri is one of them. Lamborghini is another. Lotus is also another one (only their electric models). Microsoft does support used games. Lending games isn't "used" games. I can happily sell a title to GameStop, and when someone purchases the title, and inserts it into their console, it will deactivate the serial key from my unit. All I have to do is manually remove the disc data from my hdd. This is public information, that Microsoft posted to their blog/forums. 

eriktkire
eriktkire

@moistsandwich then he should shut that ego of his up and go do something.

Actions speak louder than words, and he's putting way too much effort into all these words he's throwing at the industry at the moment.

Chris Roberts and Star Citizen are proof... go do it or shut the fuck up.

jblp
jblp

@hadlee73 You're targeting the target of a story written based on Twitter comments. Neat.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@chipwithdip There's 4 Gears games since 2006, 7 years. KH3 will be the 3rd. How long ago was it that KH appeared?

Do you know why people don't get sick of GOW as much as Gears? Because even though there are 6 games out there since 2005, only one has MP. I play a GOW game, and then I only return to the game some months later, completely fresh to play again. If you play a game for months non-stop, you'll get sick of it.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@jblp @hadlee73 You're targeting the post someone made on a gaming forum where we say anything we bloody well want. Neat. lol

Icy_the_penguin
Icy_the_penguin

@DiamondDM13 @chipwithdip KH3 will be the third in the main series, not the third game. Including KH3 coming out in 2014, there has been 7 KH games since 2002. 8 if you include the one released for mobile devices.

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@DiamondDM13 @chipwithdip Then have some self control as a gamer and don't buy EVERY SINGLE RELEASE of a game when it comes out. I like Pokemon, but I'm not buying EVERY release. That's utterly retarded and would eat up my wallet. Just cause one guy's made only one sequel doesn't mean you can praise them for said sequel, then bash someone else for theirs because of the number of sequels made. If people want it, it will be bought. I'm not gonna knock any sequel that's made, or any company that makes them. CoD can go until CoD: The 100th Caller. I might just indulge in a few along the way (although I highly doubt it...).

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@Icy_the_penguin @DiamondDM13 @chipwithdip Have those other KH games been on home consoles? I didn't really pay much attention to KH. It's like RE games, I only care for the main series, which has 8 games in 17 years. (To think Gears has 4 in just 7 years...

chipwithdip
chipwithdip

@DiamondDM13 @chipwithdip The little fashion contests are side stuff. You literally NEVER have to do them, and indeed, I never do them (I tried it out, but eh, I disliked them). As for the number, what's the point in releasing another game if they aren't going to expand the franchise and give players a reason to get the next one? Then they'd REALLY be doing nothing but rehashing the same thing over and over.

But totally agreed on the "everyone's trying to be CoD" thing. You can't just "CoD-ify" everything.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

@chipwithdip @DiamondDM13 I couldn't care less for CoD if it wasn't for the stupid damn greedy companies that ruin fine franchises in an attempt to cater to that market. Resident Evil is one of those franchises that I deeply love, but RE5 and RE6 just suck when it comes to being a RE games. No matter how fun they are, they don't feel like RE games. I still bought RE6 day one because Capcom was all like "we're doing Survival Horror again". And I thought I was safe. Mistake I wont repeat.

Pokemon already lost it's flame. I still have so many fond memories of Pokemon Yellow. How I loved Pokemon back them, the pure joy of collecting Pokemon and battling. Now it more about contests and sh*t and less about what made the first games so good. And 700 Pokemon is starting to be too much.