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Cliff Bleszinski Wants to Make Arena-Style Shooter for PC

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.

  • roger smith
    please do, get the jackasses off my battlefield
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  • lp231
    Anyone who like these arena style shooters, should check out the game Hard Reset.
    IMO it's pretty good.
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  • monsta
    About time , I miss the Unreal Tournament games, better weapons and game play over BF or COD
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  • SonSon1
    "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."

    No, no idea what heck are you talking about. Oh wait, yet another FPS into an already hyper-crowded market?? zzz zzz zzz
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  • palladin9479
    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
    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
    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
    12216885 said:
    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
    12216467 said:
    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
    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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