Original Gears of War had dog companion

Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski says canine companion was cut early in the development process.

The original Gears of War had a dog companion, former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski told Kotaku in a new interview.

"Gears 1 had a canine helper with you that was cut early in the game. Guess word got out to Activision," Bleszinski said.

Call of Duty: Ghosts features a dog, Riley, that players can control in various ways. Employees at developer Infinity Ward are split on whether or not they want the dog to die, though the studio has already decided Riley's fate.

Also in the interview, Bleszinski said that "there's some truth" to the idea that cutting features can help ship games. "Sometimes you need to ship with the bare minimum of cool and then polish the cut ideas for a sequel, strangely enough," he said.

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

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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120 comments
1234ritchie
1234ritchie

The name Carmine suddenly makes a lot more sense...

salvucci91
salvucci91

Some people might scoff at him saying, "and then polish the cut ideas for a sequel," but notice that he didn't say "for DLC." That's a beautiful thing.

frylock1987
frylock1987

"Gears 1 had a canine helper with you that was cut early in the game. Guess word got out to Activision," Bleszinski said."

Suuuuuuuuuuuure it did CLiff....Suuuuuuure it did. I guess word from Fallout 1 and 2 on PC got out to YOU.

Unoriginal bastard. If your not making games Cliff, fuck off and die somewhere.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

"Sometimes you need to ship with the bare minimum of cool and then polish the cut ideas for a sequel, strangely enough."

No. You make the game as fantastic as possible instead, and then try to top what you did, with a sequel. That's how you do it.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Oh well.  He would have been as brain dead as the rest of the AI team mates.

Gears was one of the most disappointing games I ever bought.  I was hyped as hell for it, but the ugly grey graphics, stiff movements, and horrid AI made it an ugly, unresponsive baby-sitting game.  I really hated it.  Never understood why it sold well, or why anyone bought the sequels.  Then again, I could say the same of Halo. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

LOL. A dog would get cut down so fast in that world....

hastati4
hastati4

Several of my brain cells committed suicide while reading this article. I should leave before more follow suit.

BFKZ
BFKZ

they should make the next gears of war a co-op with two rogues, a cog and a locust fighting together. booyaah!

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

God... he just keeps talking. If he keeps this up he's going to make me regret ever buying the GoW games. 

spammehardo
spammehardo

Can we stop posting news about this irrelevant has been now?

hadlee73
hadlee73

"Guess word got out to Activision." lol what an ego. Or Activision just looked at all the other games that have dog companions and took their queue from those. :P

Skyt_Aura
Skyt_Aura

The only reason why I came here is because of the thumbnail + the word 'dog'.

You guys do the math lmao

davehammer69
davehammer69

why do they keep using that same shot of Anya getting sodomized by lancer over and over?

rasputin177
rasputin177

Honestly, I get what you guys are saying but think about it for a second. It wasn't like the guy released this in a statement. He was being interviewed and who knows what lead him to bring up "the dog". It could just be something he said in passing and Gamespot was just hurting bad for news.

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

This guy and Pachter should get marry.  Perfect couple.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Why is this guy still talking?  Why are people interviewing him?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

They could always put the dog back in for Gears of War 5 of whatever the Xbox one edition will be called down the road. Cole could find a puppy and then it dies at the end of the game.

Joe51187
Joe51187

When will Cliff Bleszinski finally disappear? I mean, come on, all he's been doing since he left Epic is stir up media attention around himself.

Grimkillah
Grimkillah

2013 is the Year of the Dog it seems.

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

Cliff and Activision stole the dog companion idea from Secret of Evermore.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

Cliffy just can't stand to be out of the limelight can he? We had a dog idea once...guess I'll mention it now. What? No one cares? Better go write an open letter of support to Phil Fish now then...

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

With all of the fucking problems and glitches in Gears Of War, I wouldn't be surprised if it was able to combat roll and take cover. That's how bad the bugs were.

SaintJimmmy
SaintJimmmy

"Gears 1 had a canine helper with you that was cut early in the game. Guess word got out to Activision,"

I had to stop right here.

That has to be the most ridiculous statement I've heard.

How do you connect those two things at all?

Does he seriously thing that no games have ever had animal companions before?

He's legend in his own mind.

Evan0605
Evan0605

what a surprise another article on the ass clown known as Cliffy B and oh its another article written by Eddie, the ass clown of GameSpot but not as much as one as Tom McDouche. WOW GoW 1 had a dog companion but was cut in pre-production... like we give two shits!  

Lycanoire
Lycanoire

Oh, that's nice to know - because it's been on my mind so much. Cliff Bleszinski is good at stating the obvious and looking like an ass.

Baelath
Baelath

Wow. Who cares. Seriously.

tigertaru
tigertaru

Wasn't there a time when Cliffy seemed like a cool guy?  Now every time I read his comments I know I'm packing my bags, because he's taking me on a roadtrip to douchebagel city. 

NTM23
NTM23

I only care enough about this to say I couldn't care less... Makes sense to me.

WTA2k5
WTA2k5

I wonder if Gears of War also scrapped advanced fish AI. Like the dog, it was surely too complex for the Xbox 360 to handle

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

They prob cut it since haveing a dog be fucking pointless in a gears game just like it's pointless in a mindless FPS like COD it works for things like fallout and fable 2

WilliamChase
WilliamChase

so now i know where activision steal the idea from. LOL just Kidding, instead of bragging about the invention of dog companion in games they should make better games.

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ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Like the Poochie in Fallout 3? Never did find that damn dog.

kay2kid
kay2kid

Look up  Shadow Dancer - The Secret of Shinobi, your mind will be blown.

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

Wouldn't have made this boring game any more fun.

Apastron
Apastron

Cliffy B invented dogs in games.  Visionary.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@DrKill09 it sold well because it is your opinion and the rest of the world didnt share your feelings. with the exception of 2 & judgement i personal enjoyed the hell out of gears of war and never played judgement.

OldKye
OldKye

@hastati4 They need to put comments like this above the article to save us all brain cells.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@hastati4 Don't  think too much of it. It's just another complete BS article from the best journalist in the world.

deathblow3
deathblow3

@hadlee73 i know right? his statement about put what you couldnt in the sequel was bs. because i dont recall ever seeing a dog in gow. now a good example of this was the gta planes and bikes. bikes got cut from gta 3 all together and planes half worked but this was all fixed and added in vice city

Apastron
Apastron

@kay2kid AHHHHHHHHHHH WAS THAT A DOOOOOOOG?!?!?!

I feel let down.