Cliff Bleszinski giving PAX East keynote

Former Epic Games design director to give "storytime" address at March gaming convention; Saturday, three-day passes sold out.

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Cliff Bleszinski will give the keynote "storytime" address at PAX East 2013. Penny Arcade's Jerry "Tycho" Holkins announced the news, saying the former Epic Games design director has "seen a lot of sh*t and is in a very good position to handle this format."

Last year's PAX East keynote speaker was Prince of Persia creator Jordan Mechner. PAX East comes to Boston, Massachusetts, March 22-24 this year. Saturday and three-day passes are entirely sold out.

Bleszinski left Epic Games in October after 20 years. Since leaving the company, Bleszinski has visited the offices of Activision, Zynga, Double Fine, and Electronic Arts. He has also met with God of War and Twisted Metal designer David Jaffe and has been courted by Ubisoft.

In a December interview, Bleszinski said he intends to eventually open a new studio and get to work on a new intellectual property codenamed "Silverstreak." The longtime Gears of War designer explained that he wants to redefine his career, saying, "I don't really want just the whole chainsaw gun to be my legacy."

In addition to announcing Bleszinski as the PAX East keynote speaker, Holkins revealed the concert schedule for the now-annual event. Friday's lineup includes the Video Game Orchestra, Those Who Fight, and Protomen, while Saturday's schedule features Sam Hart, Frontalot, Jonathan Coulton, and Paul and Storm.

Discussion

45 comments
Archangel3371
Archangel3371

:lol: Haters goin' keep on hatin'. Gears of War games are fantastic and I always enjoy hearing what he has to say. I'm also very much interested in seeing what he comes up with next. He also seems to really enjoy gaming and playing a bunch of different games to which I like to read his opinions on. I'd flip to see him work in some capacity with Capcom or Konami on franchises like Resident Evil or Contra.

akruckus
akruckus

Cliff has contributed a LOT to  the industry, but sometimes following his twitter makes me wonder if his #1 goal in life is to try and remind everyone how awesome he is. Bragging to the community you drive a 350,000 italian sports car and constant talking about your supermodel wife doesn't really do anything but further alienate him from the gaming community.

rannoni
rannoni

wow people realy hate him...

WoZe
WoZe

He's so in love with himself. Does this guy ever shutup. Why do we never hear from the great developers Kojima, Todd Howard, etc but this mofo gets all the interviews.

TheSnowmanSaint
TheSnowmanSaint

Keep at it Cliff, let the hate roll off the shoulders. 

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

I would love to see a Cliff centerfold. GIMME MY HANDIWIPES

OMD29
OMD29

I wish this guy would go away already. So self-absorbed.

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

is anyone sick of this guy yet? never liked his games either

jewell21
jewell21

Dude looks like a sex offender in that photo.

saoe
saoe

He should join CD Prokekt RED!

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

Some of his latter comments last year left me with the Impression that he talks equal amounts of sense to nonsense. However, he Is very ambitious,  I will give him that. He's had a taste of decent money from his success at Epic & he's aiming big. For a big bank balance that Is.

tgwolf
tgwolf

Since when does a grade-schooler that passed for an adult cloning his own very-ordinary shooters and calling them sequels giving a key note to anything but a pencil-maker convention??

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

He should just go run the EA public relations dept he sure talks enough garbage to do the job well.

Aletunda
Aletunda

geeez, lot of trolls on this page, I think CliffyB is one of the finest devs we've got in the industry and I'm excited to see what he does next.

tommygun6644
tommygun6644

God Damn Cliff giving me bedroom eyes again

LoG-Sacrament
LoG-Sacrament

So he's giving a speech on storytelling? Not the first person I would have thought of, but more power to him.

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

Wha? ....wait this dude still around?.......after the Fails called Gears 2 and 3?

oflow
oflow

wasnt he supposed to be 'retired'? Hes like the kayne west of gaming developers...

GhansB
GhansB

holy crap every time I see that pic of him I simply rage

Joe51187
Joe51187

I've read this same article like a million times with slight variations to it. "Cliff is interviewing with Activision! He left epic blah blah blah" No one even knows how much Cliff Bleszinski even contributed to the games Epic has released. For all we know he just brought everyone coffee and rode the wave of success and functioned as a face for the company.

BlueRaptor7
BlueRaptor7

Not really interested to hear from him. Gears is akin to Transformers. Fun to watch, but ultimately disappointing. 

Pyerun
Pyerun

He will talk about how graphics are the most important part of a game.

SwimSwimHungry
SwimSwimHungry

The only good game Epic ever made was Jazz Jackrabbit. He wont be missed.

Hawkeye049
Hawkeye049

DISLOYAL!! A company you helped build from almost nothing! You don't have any shares in your own company or what??... On my resume it says LOYAL I really hope yours doesn't. You should hire me epic, I won't be so into myself.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

He is certainly at an interesting stage of his life.

Niffirg6
Niffirg6

@WoZe you said it yourself, he is in love with himself.

WoZe
WoZe

@TheSnowmanSaint When he starts talking about his "legacy" its easy to dislike him. He made one good franchise in Unreal. Congratulations. What separates him from rockstar devs, ubisoft devs, todd howard, newt, kojima, miyamoto, etc? 

WoZe
WoZe

@saoe Hell no. They don't need this blowhard. He'd make another gears clone.

popegtr
popegtr

@saoe He would ask for to much money. I wouldn't mind tho. But do they need him?

Shingetsu
Shingetsu

@Aletunda 


Agreed. He actually left EPIC when they decided to make GOW Judgement. He wanted GOW3 to be the last one for a few years, so he could start working on something new and less generic. But when he found out about Judgement he quit, and fair play to him I say. He didn't want to see the GOW franchise being whored out on a yearly basis like COD, and decided not to be a part of that.

Interested to see what he'll be able to come up with in the future when he is his own boss.

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

@BlueRaptor7 well, just giving you added info that he innovated multiplayer and singleplayer fps (Unreal 7 & UT). So, Gears was just an afterthought for him.

akruckus
akruckus

@Shingetsu @Aletunda So why didnt he stay for fortnite? He could have worked on a number of projects, why didn't he switch? He left because he wanted a break.