Cliff Bleszinski wants to redefine his legacy

Former Epic Games director doesn't want to be known for Gears of War alone; working on new IP codenamed Silverstreak, intends to start new studio.

Life after Epic Games for Cliff Bleszinski is coming into focus. In a new G4 interview, the former Epic Games design director opened up on his future, during which he expressed eagerness to open a studio to get to work on a new IP currently codenamed Silverstreak. He also said he does not want Gears of War to define him as a game developer.

"I don't really want just the whole chainsaw gun to be my legacy," Bleszinski said. "A lot of these kids who have only been playing games for the last however many years, they think that's the only thing I ever did. They forget about Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal, Unreal Tournament; that I worked on things like Bulletstorm and a little bit of Shadow Complex."

Bleszinski then compared himself to iconic film director Steven Spielberg, saying just like the Saving Private Ryan and E.T. director, he must also branch out in new directions.

"Moving forward, I would hope to work on something new and fresh and kind of redefine my legacy," Bleszinski said. "Steven Spielberg didn't want to be known for just E.T., right? So he made a lot of different kinds of things."

Bleszinski said he intends to open a new studio some point in the future, noting that it is not a matter of if, but of when and with whom. He was asked by the interviewee if his celebrity status in the development community could have a negative impact in his new endeavors. Bleszinski stressed that wielding this status appropriately can yield benefits, but noted that there is danger, too.

"You have to be careful when you have a certain amount of cult of personality," Blezinski said. "You can use it, and leverage it to some extent, but you have to be careful to not believe your own crap. And surround yourself with people who will question you at the right times; you don't want to surround yourself with a lot of yes men."

Lastly, Bleszinski teased his new intellectual property Silverstreak, saying he is "gestating slowly" on this mystery game.

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 been courted by Ubisoft.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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edant79
edant79

Silly Blezinski, who told you that you have a legacy?


And that somehow, you can redefine it making iphone games?

Taz_12_Dave
Taz_12_Dave

How many millions did he make out of the Gears franchise?  My guess 15 million? 

vault-boy
vault-boy

Like it or not this dude is a genius when it comes to making great gameplay. His games might not have all the emotional and artistic merits of some other well known titles but then again how many games actually have a story worth a shit anyways? But I would like to see him combine good gameplay with a good story for once, he just needs to surround himself with the right people.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Lets hope its not going to be another 'Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' eh :P

digi-demon
digi-demon

Shocker !! I didn't even know he'd even left Epic until I read this article...I've been retro gaming / MP online over live over the past couple of months... hence I stopped reading the games news... shock. 

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I wouldn't want to be known for just one thing either.

DefunktJunk
DefunktJunk

looking forward to see what he does next.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Why?  You made one of the most over-rated series of all time.  You should be proud.

 

I mean, only a genius would make a game in nearly all grey/brown with endless chest high walls, clunky controls, and brain dead team AI.

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

I still want to see that new Unreal or UT game :/

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

He'll always be known as the guy who did Gears of War.

ZeRo2545
ZeRo2545

In that picture he looks like he's compensating for something. Jokes aside, we need jazz jackrabbit to return.

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

Why is there a Cliff vs Kojima war going on? All he's saying is he doesn't want to be remembered for the same genre/game before his time is up. At least he's branching out and not doing the same old shit (which is very common these days). 

theKSMM
theKSMM

Bleszinski is a first-ballot Hall of Famer.  Those of you falsely complaining that he only made "one good game" should be sure to mention that it's one good game more than any of you have made.

 

Boom.

boomer0901
boomer0901

seems like he bought into his crap already after reading that article, barely finished the first gears of war, was nothing special, chainsaw gun unique yes, special no, and he visited other major offices like the now money hungry Acitivision and EA, so basically he'll be going nowhere anytime soon.  I really wish I knew how to code but I really suck at mathmatics, old school gamers are dying for some real games over the last 20 years. 

Especailly in the MMO realm of things.

Sephiroth-X
Sephiroth-X

The Gears of War games aren't bad but, let's face the facts, Cliff Bleszinski is undeservedly arrogant.

williamssonoma
williamssonoma

"Bleszinski then compared himself to iconic film director Steven Spielberg" Of course he would.  He's good in his genre, I'd be impressed if he were able to break out and make something meaningful, I don't think he's got it in him.  Spielberg was a storyteller from the start, little Cliffy B not so much. 

KingofCabal
KingofCabal

I also wouldn't want to be remembered for creating some of the most boring games ever created.

00Joseph00
00Joseph00

$20 says it's a 3rd person shooter with none of the Gears of War voice actors, but the same gameplay.

MaxBlaze
MaxBlaze

Cliff and Jaffe would make a good team. 

Dudeinator
Dudeinator

I don't think anyone could forget about Unreal Tournament 99.

Deugar
Deugar

Wait, Bleszinski did Jazz Jackrabbit?

Holy shit, I may have to take back all the mean things I've said about him over the years :/

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

I'm not a fan of his games but I respect what he's doing right now. Unlike certain other directs (cough KOjima cough cough) he may have the balls to try something new.

skornedwarrior
skornedwarrior

Right now hie's known for helping to make one great series. But when you look at it it's only 3 great games. I do agree if he wants to be remembered as a great game designer he has to be involved and head a few more games that are slightly different than what he's done before.

neurobox
neurobox

jajajajajj me laugh you are all idiots while creating differences between two good games video creators, they certainly are taking margaritas together.

 

enjoy their creations now and for the future and stop wasting time. ;)

Oldgun
Oldgun

There is alot of similarity with what Kojima said some days ago not wanting to be remembered as creator of Metal Gear only....strange...

dxBIGBOSSxb
dxBIGBOSSxb

 @GamerManiE.T-1982, IJ: Temple of Doom-1984, The Color Purple-1985, Empire of the Sun-1987, IJ: Last Crusade-1989, Jurassic Park-1993, Schindler's List-1993, Saving Private Ryan-1998, A.I-2001, Minority Report-2002, Catch Me if you Can-2002, Munich-2005, and recently Lincoln-2012.

 

I don't give a damn about Cliff and his mediocre titles, but Steven Spielberg has made many spectacular movies after E.T, and Lincoln was one of the best movies this year alone. E.T sucks by comparison to many of these films. Jurassic Park alone should make you feel ashamed, let alone Schindler's List and the 2nd and 3rd Indiana Jones movies.

 

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @Jedilink109 Better to be known for one good thing than several awful things ... eh >.> (looks at Ewe Boll)

Elann2008
Elann2008

 @DrKill09 Clunky controls? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  Worst comment in comments section of 2012. 

digi-demon
digi-demon

 @DrKill09 Congrats - you win the 'brainless comment of the day award' - please place you head back up your ass to receive your prize.

zackcurl
zackcurl

 @DrKill09 that's pretty funny, i guess.  i try not to be negative on here, but i do think that Gears Of War is very similar to games like Halo, where it might not be the best game, or even the best in it's genre, but it's incredibly accessible, and at the same time provides an aesthetic that is easy for casual players to be interested in.  having said that, i do think Gears is also pretty racist, sexist, and just generally falls under the banner of what early college aged boys find attractive, and that doesn't appeal to me.

SeeDStephen
SeeDStephen

@Enforcer246 Until he does something better... he's a young man, plenty of time, life and ambition ahead of him

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

 @Ferg1213 Because people are dumb, and part of being dumb is reading something and taking it completely out of context.

boomer0901
boomer0901

although I really did enjoy unreal tournament for a while until what UT 312 came out and it was basically the same as UT 3, bulletstorm was ok, but nothing special either.  Just because you make up your entire game around special funny moves doesn't make it spectacular.  You can only shoot a hotdog up somebodies a-- before it's not specail anymore, like after the first time.

179107199999
179107199999

@istuffedsunny Yeah like when Kojima did Zone of The Enders or Boktai and Snacther Policenauts and others.He's been around for quite some time.Metal Gear isn't the only thing he's done.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

 @skornedwarrior reducing Bleszinski to  the maker of gears of war and say that's all he did is basically the same as saying Spielberg only did ET. It may have delivered him to the main stream knowledge of the masses, but his career was  diversed and successful long before Gears. As he stated hismself in the text above.

hurricanea7x
hurricanea7x

 @Oldgun it's not really that strange. They just reached that moment in life when they looked back on their careers and decided they can do a lot more than one or two good IPs.

se007
se007

Are you serious? This games you mentioned is indeed one of the best in their genre. Surely characters and storytelling sucks in gow, but the controls are absolutely exemplary for console controller, and what every TPS developer (R*) should look upon, plus a great graphics and interesting and distinct universe as a whole. While halo has wide array of different, interesting and tightly balanced weapons, and one of the best enemy AI's, and also great controls.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

 @179107199999  @istuffedsunny After Boktai 2, aside from some involvement in Lords of Shadow and SSBM, it's been Metal Gear games since.

 

Bleszinsky has been around for quite some time too, a little over 20 yrs. professionally; GoW isn't the only thing he's done

Oldgun
Oldgun

 @hurricanea7x I actually meant the coincidence is strange. Maybe it's just me. And yeah I agree with you..

Aspire85
Aspire85

 @se007 I disagree. The arsenal of drab weapons that feel absolutely flabby and powerless really let the game down for me. I played GoW 1&2 (didn't touch 3, they're all the same) and felt the whole game was a chore - aim for the head, hold the fire button for a couple of seconds, rinse and repeat until you have come to a meaningless dialogue section.. then start aiming for the head again.

 

Graphics are OK but there's absolutely no artistic direction.. I cannot remember one environment from either games apart from that cave with the long worm thing you could use as cover in 2.

 

Regarding Bleszinski, sure he's good at what he does, but there are far greater minds and developers out there - I think he has this media 'platform' purely because he's more outspoken than the others.

 

The weird thing is, GoW has such a massive fanbase but I've never actually met someone in person that likes it. I don't get what people see in it, but I accept everyone has their own opinion.

zackcurl
zackcurl

 @se007 can you put that into an actual set of sentences?

179107199999
179107199999

@Shadowdanc3r @istuffedsunny I understand however for the most part he has been mainly known for his work with Unreal and God of War.Because of comments on here I've heard of Jazz Jackrabbit but I never played it or even heard of it.I heard mainly about Unreal and GoW.It seems like those are his best accomplishements and also MGS evolved.Same gameplay but little things were added to it that kept refreshing the series.However its been said he does want to concentrate on something new.Not hating on Bleszinski but Kojima has been in the industry longer and has more memorable games out side of one franchise whereas Bleszinsiki so far to console people like me only know him for Unreal(which I do remember being on PC for a long time) and GoW.