Gears of War designer wants to work with you on his next game

Cliff Bleszinski says he's intrigued by crowd-based platforms like Steam Early Access for his next game, which could be announced in 4-6 weeks.

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The next project from industry veteran Cliff Bleszinski, who spent 20 years at Epic Games working on Unreal Tournament and Gears of War, could be announced in March. Speaking with GamerHub, Bleszinski said, "Right now I'm looking at procuring funding for that; expect some news hopefully in the next 4-6 weeks."

Though he's seeking funding presumably from a venture capital firm or a private investor, Bleszinski explained that he ultimately hopes to use this funding as a safety net for an eventual crowdfunding campaign.

"I would like to go directly to the consumer if possible, although with the safety net of providing outside financing," Bleszinski said. "I think Kickstarter is a beautiful, romantic thing. I think that for every success story there's ten failures, sadly, on Kickstarter." (Ed. Note: The actual Kickstarter success rate for video game projects is 34.96 percent).

Bleszinski also expressed his admiration for platforms like Steam Early Access, through which supporters can buy an in-development project and provide feedback to shape the final product.

"But I think it's possible with the success of DayZ, to have the concept of pay-for-alpha or pay-for-early-access, and help the community forge and shape your game," he said. "Build the company while you build the game while you build the community, at the same time."

Outside of a single image released last year (above), we don't really know what form Bleszinski's new game will take. He apparently has a pitch for a new first-person shooter. He has also spoken previously of a new IP codenamed "Silverstreak" that he'd like to work on some day. Bleszinski left Epic Games in October 2012 after 20 years with the company. He now wants to redefine his legacy and will not work on the new Gears of War game at Microsoft.

Of note, the GamerHub interview is primarily focused on Bleszinski's investment in a Raleigh, North Carolina restaurant.

Discussion

142 comments
fartys
fartys

This man ruined GoW multiplayer.  I wouldn't hire him for anything video game related.  Poison.

Darkeus
Darkeus

Jesus, he even says something dumb and ill-informed in the interview.....

 "I think Kickstarter is a beautiful, romantic thing. I think that for every success story there's ten failures, sadly, on Kickstarter." (Ed. Note: The actual Kickstarter success rate for video game projects is 34.96 percent).

And this guy is a legend in this industry?  No wonder the Age of the Video Game Fall is upon us....

Justin Grove
Justin Grove

No thanks, the dude is an asshole. DId u see his tweets last E3? lol. nope.

David Chang
David Chang

Cliffy B is great, but I wouldn't call him a legend,Gears, imo was just average, I would reserve that for people like Ken Levine, Mark Pacini, Viktor Antonov, Miyamoto, Gabe Newell, Neil Drukkmann, etc,etc.....

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Oh, so you're back and want us to fund your new game....Sure let me get right on that Cliffy B.



Remember when you called us gamers "the worst thing ever"? Pepperidge farm remembers......

Allister Baca
Allister Baca

And he made one of the best selling trilogy of all time on the xbox 360, and yes, a lot of PC gamers are pirates, I know way to many people who just download their games off Pirate Bay

Allister Baca
Allister Baca

Cliff Bleszinski is a legend, why wouldn't you want to work with him???

Moses Ali
Moses Ali

Better be wallbouncing in this game XD

Ati Islam
Ati Islam

How about a game where you play a group of reindeers, that must fight back an invasion of snowmen in order to save the planet. We'll call it Deers of War.

Herb Clare
Herb Clare

I know early access is all the new rage, but i'm not paying a dime for an unfinished product with the hopes of completion. And Cliffy is way over hyped.

Mike Neil
Mike Neil

Will he supply poodles? We must have poodles

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

"Gears of War designer wants to work with you on his next game"

Pfft xD

How about "Gears of War designer wants you to fund and beta test his games"


This is getting out of hand, so stupid.

Godlikan
Godlikan

But I'm a pirate! Arrgh!

Umar Nexus
Umar Nexus

he called all PC gamers as pirates, honestly he made two good games and now he thinks he's hideo kojima or miyamoto. and the list go on...

Christian Wells
Christian Wells

Cliff backs always on DRM because he thinks most PC gamers are pirates, yet in he strides wanting our support? Nah, I'm good.

Handaloo
Handaloo

Working with Cliffy B in any regard for me is out. I followed him on Twitter while he was still at Epic, then got totally sick of his bragging about how rich he was. No thanks Cliffy. 

Jason Lane
Jason Lane

Okay, I'm in, but only if I get controlling interest. 50.1% will be okay. I'm not greedy.

Schuyler France
Schuyler France

How about a big burly voiced guy going around killing mole people. Wait...

Jake Zehr
Jake Zehr

Why? You don't want to work with a legend?

Funny
Funny

hey guys can you like my page pls

Nat Potter
Nat Potter

Well then, here's some pointers your way Cliffy B; Dinosaurs and Jetpacks. Let's make it happen.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Got a few ideas for ya Cliff, call me.

Auriken
Auriken

Well I hope he doesn't release this game on the PC, because if he expects PC gamers to fund his game after years of treating us like shit, then he's out of his damn mind. I won't give this guy a penny and I hope my fellow PC gamers won't either.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

Na,I'm not funding one of his generic FPS games.Learn to make a good story Bleszinski,then we can talk. 

iamllamapie
iamllamapie

@Mega_Skrull  You forgot that he won't credit anyone either. Oh, and once paid for, you'll have to buy the game as well!

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

@iamllamapie @Mega_Skrull Yeah, that goes in the part where they act like it's a privilege. Man, I pray for the dump sheep to understand all that and not support this crap too much...

iamllamapie
iamllamapie

@Mega_Skrull @iamllamapie  I'm so 50/50 with this. As a game design student I wouldn't have a publisher as my 1st contact. Hell, if a community was willing to support my game fundraisers would be where I'd start. 


But unlike people like Cliff, who think they are much better than the average gamer, even a $1 would get you in the credits rather than "$1 will make you feel better". 


Guess it's about the face behind the funds.