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Cliff Bleszinski Wants to Make Arena-Style Shooter for PC

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The man behind Unreal Tournament wants to make a fresh, new Arena-style shooter.

Former Epic Games designer Cliff Bleszinski said in a recent "Pointless" podcast that he's looking to develop a new arena-style first-person shooter. The news arrives over a year after he left Epic Games to do his own thing, to "start fresh." Previously, he served at Epic for two decades, working on popular franchises like Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal, and Gears of War.

"I have a slide deck, I have a pitch, I have concept art, I know pretty much what I want to do," Bleszinski told Pointless host Kevin Pereira. "It will be a PC experience that will hearken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on, if you know what I'm saying."

Pereira asked Bleszinski about the genre, and the former Epic games designer confirmed that it would be a first-person shooter unlike the ones on the market today. With "all these kids playing Call of Duty," he doesn't think they know what a proper arena shooter is.

Currently, Bleszinski doesn't have a development team in place, but he knows he doesn't want or need a massive team to get the product developed. He also plans to stay away from the traditional publisher-developer agreement, pointing to No Man's Sky, which is in development by four people at UK-based Hello Games.

"I don't want to work with the old guard, per se," Bleszinski said. "I'll talk to them, have meetings. But the last thing I need is some mid-level marketing guy telling me that 'well, traditionally, this doesn't sell well, so we're concerned,' and all that. Because they're all rearward-looking, it just drives me f**king bats**t."

Two months after leaving Epic last year, Bleszinski said he was bored and wanted to create something to add to his legacy. After talking with publishers and developers for several months, he made the decision to take the solo road and create something new and fresh that will redefine his legacy. The project is codenamed "Silverstreak," a name based on his first Transformers toy Bluestreak, which was later renamed as Silverstreak.

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    monsta , December 18, 2013 6:42 PM
    About time , I miss the Unreal Tournament games, better weapons and game play over BF or COD
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    roger smith , December 18, 2013 6:36 PM
    please do, get the jackasses off my battlefield
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    roger smith , December 18, 2013 6:36 PM
    please do, get the jackasses off my battlefield
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    lp231 , December 18, 2013 6:41 PM
    Anyone who like these arena style shooters, should check out the game Hard Reset.
    IMO it's pretty good.
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    monsta , December 18, 2013 6:42 PM
    About time , I miss the Unreal Tournament games, better weapons and game play over BF or COD
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    palladin9479 , December 18, 2013 7:09 PM
    Yes I hope they actually make it. So tired of generic on-tails military style shooters that just copy cat each other. BF is the only one of the lot that can really be called different due to it's focus on large battlefields and vehicle combat vs CoD run & gun.

    To the younger crowd who may now know what we're referring to. Doom, Quake, Unreal and even Serious Sam are all old school arena shooters. Load up an old copy of them and take notice of the different pace, tactics, style and feel.
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    bmwman91 , December 18, 2013 7:39 PM
    Nice. It has been a long time and it would be nice to have a fresh fast paced shooter. One without DLC nonsense and hold-your-hand waypoints splattered all over.
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    geofry , December 18, 2013 8:07 PM
    I love moping the floor of all the younger members of the family who talk a lot of smack until their "old" Uncle pulls out the old school FPS skills. They don't get where they came from until I load up an old copy of UT on their machines and show them the ropes. Don't get me wrong I love all the new arcade/sim military titles, but there is something about going on a rampage with a shock rifle or flak cannon.
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    palladin9479 , December 18, 2013 8:40 PM
    Quote:
    I love moping the floor of all the younger members of the family who talk a lot of smack until their "old" Uncle pulls out the old school FPS skills. They don't get where they came from until I load up an old copy of UT on their machines and show them the ropes. Don't get me wrong I love all the new arcade/sim military titles, but there is something about going on a rampage with a shock rifle or flak cannon.


    Drop them in front of the screen and have them fight Xan on the last level. Assuming you kicked a$$ throughout the game it should be a particularly insane fight for them to deal with.
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    edogawa , December 18, 2013 11:08 PM
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    About time , I miss the Unreal Tournament games, better weapons and game play over BF or COD


    That's completely personal preference. I liked UT, but it's not my cup of tea at all, and I think Battlefield games are much better game play wise from my own perspective. They are both totally different beasts entirely though, not sure it's even wise to compare the two in the first place.
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    alexoncunha , December 19, 2013 3:23 AM
    I kinda miss the UT series.... no one seems to play it anymore... sad... would be "EPIC" to have a new one reborn and mod-capable.
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    rolandzhang3 , December 19, 2013 4:36 AM
    Give the kids a taste of the glory days :D 
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    DryCreamer , December 19, 2013 5:00 AM
    And the kids taste the glory days and pass on it... I don't think it will sell well, because the market has changed so much. The only way it would be successful is to have a really unique twist or game modes beyond just 'deathmatch'

    UT and UT2003 were games I play A LOT and UT was the first game I ever experienced in glorious 60 FPS when I upgraded to a RIVA TNT card :o 

    that being said, going back and playing a game like that, I might not like it, even if I have part of the nostalgia effect in

    Fortunately, CB understands his market and how to sell a product, but I don't know if he REALLY knows the market is there for it. I guess we will see... Maybe if he makes it Free to Play like CS it will get a strong foothold and he will be successful

    Dry
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    Duckhunt , December 19, 2013 5:21 AM
    I just hope we get light guns and surround screens finally. It is at an affordable price. Under $US2k. I want a real gun just modified. I want ammo clips and no more mouse B.S.

    Give me what i want please for the love of god. I have been hankering for this for so long.
    Also want an arcade BF4 where you can run and roll in a virtual combat arena. Id pay $10 per hr on an arcade for something like that. I want steps to appear and walls to appear and stuff like that.
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    metalfan49 , December 19, 2013 6:17 AM
    Duckhunt , sounds like you should look into the CastAR from http://technicalillusions.com/
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    CaedenV , December 19, 2013 6:26 AM
    A return to arena style games? Sounds like fun!
    I miss games like UT2K4 (and previous) where there was such a huge selection of weapons, vehicles, environments, and mods to work with. And that ragdoll physics that always ended up with a dead character flying across the map rather than just crumpling to the floor. It is the unpredictability of the game which always made it interesting and exciting and could hold my attention. Modern grey/brown shooters are interesting in their own right, but they get formulaic very quickly.
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    sadsteve , December 19, 2013 6:54 AM
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    I kinda miss the UT series.... no one seems to play it anymore... sad... would be "EPIC" to have a new one reborn and mod-capable.


    There are a few of us old farts that still play. One of the old clans, Co30, resurrected a U2K4 server (DM server) for the holiday season. I was playing there last night, it's still a blast.
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    cypeq , December 19, 2013 7:15 AM
    Q3 guy reporting in... can't wait for him to make another real FPS game.
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    Chris Dupres , December 19, 2013 7:38 AM
    sadsteve, you do realize you just cost me 4 hours of work today because now I have to go home and dig out my install media. Im a consultant and can't afford to be doing things like this around Christmas, so I will be circlestrafing you specifically tonight to clear my conscience.
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    K-beam , December 19, 2013 8:42 AM
    @Duckhunt
    You mean like this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwBKMgnL-nM
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    hasten , December 19, 2013 11:44 AM
    So that's where Kevin Pereira landed. A podcast.
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