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Cliff Bleszinski's New Shooter Is Codenamed BlueStreak

The former Gears of War designer is partnering with F2P behemoth Nexon on its first game.

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The first details on the next game from former Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski have been revealed.

Bleszinski has founded Boss Key Productions to bring "AAA quality" to free-to-play games, and an arena shooter currently codenamed BlueStreak will be the studio's debut title on PC.

Boss Key is partnering with free-to-play behemoth Nexon, and the company received both a minority stake in Boss Key and worldwide publishing rights to BlueStreak.

OK, But Who Is Cliff Bleszinski Again?

One of the premier modern shooter developers. He was the lead designer on Gears of War at Epic Games, the North Carolina-based studio he worked at for 20 years. You might also know him from designing the Jazz Jackrabbit series of platformers, which were also created at Epic.

Didn't He Retire?

Kind of. Bleszinski started game development as a teenager. Epic Games was everything he ever knew. After shipping Gears of War 3 and finishing out that the story started in Gears of War 1, he wanted a break.

"I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop," said Bleszinski in a blog post from October 2012. "I literally grew up in this business, as Mike likes to say. And now that I’m grown up, it’s time for a much needed break."

Isn't Gears of War Still Around?

Yep. Microsoft is developing a new Gears of War game at Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver.

That's Not Epic Games!

You're right. Microsoft purchased the rights to Gears of War earlier this year. While Gears of War was always considered an Xbox exclusive, that's because Microsoft partnered with Epic Games and made the series its own. Epic Games always owned the rights to Gears of War, and it was totally possible a new Gears of War game could have ended up on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

What About Jazz Jackrabbit?

Epic Games still owns the rights to Jazz Jackrabbit, but Bleszinski did start Boss Key with Arjan Brussee, who co-created Jazz Jackrabbit with Bleszinski before he founded Guerrilla Games.

Do We Know Anything Else About BlueStreak?

Not really. But Bleszinski is promising more details tomorrow, according to his Twitter account:

Isn't It Weird He's Making a F2P Shooter While Epic Revives Unreal Tournament as a "Free" Shooter?

Yes.

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Edited By JimmyPancakes

I thought I must be on Kotaku, what is happening to Patrick, is he a malfunctioning Android?

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Posted By crithon

he's dangerously close into falling into David Jaffe territory.

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Edited By Vampire_Chibi

did they say anything of what engine they would be using?

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Posted By Example1013

Why do I need to be told who Cliff Bleszinski is in the article when his wiki page is linked in the first line? Among other things.

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Posted By kindgineer

I was really excited until I heard they partnered with Nexon. They couldn't have chosen a worse company to do that with. I have zero faith that the game won't have its mechanics ripped from its heart as soon as the cash shop opens. Not to mention all of Nexon's bullshit "security guard" software that literally protects nothing.

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Posted By DasaKamov

Regarding the article format, seems like the camp is pretty split. I'm of the "didn't like it" persuasion -- faux-FAQs when it's obvious that that the "questions" all involved the author talking to themselves really grate on me, for some reason.

That said, the information in the article itself was interesting. Thanks, Patrick! :)

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Posted By JesterArbo

I really liked the format of this article. It was very informative in an easy to read/digest way. Plus I loved Jazz Jackrabbit.

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Edited By MonkeyKing1969

I have nothing against Cliffy B, except that he keeps acting like Cliffy B instead of Cliff Bleszinski's. Boasting and stupid bravado was cute when he was 17, but adults who shamelessly self promote are tiresome.

Actions speak louder than words, so make it your mission this time to show, not tell what you are doing.


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Posted By SPCTRE

I like the faux Q&A style, the last answer actually cracked me up a little.

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Posted By Humanity

@corvak: I don't know about egotistical.. I think the guy realized some of the errors from his past and has been nothing but very straightforward and quite civil for the longest time. I actually really appreciate the transformation from bleached hair, cool dood Cliff, to the civilized human being he is today.

He also discusses a lot of cool industry topics from an insiders perspective - he's sort of doing articles that I wish Patrick was doing.

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Edited By Corvak

Cliffy is a bit too egotistical for me, and his presence doesn't make me think "good shooters".

Before his sabbatical, he would go off on scathing rants about how horrible PC gaming was despite learning his trade making PC games, and he got straight up angry at the fact that people didn't like the original Xbox One. He just strikes me as yet another arrogant rich guy.

Based on his opinions, we can count on their games including a lot of DRM.

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Posted By BasketSnake

@joshwent said:

This is a really weird structure for a news article. Like Patrick kept interrupting himself while he was trying to write.

Just trying some stuff out. I really like the approach Vox has taken with some of its stories -- finding a way to communicate everything really early, and then trying to contextualize extraneous information using headers that prepare the reader for the information that's ahead.

I don't read any of your articles because I find them boring (I find most articles about anything boring) but I thought this was formulated in the right way for me at least. I like how you wrote it.

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Posted By Vuud

Ya know, if it turns out to be really bad, at least we can laugh at reviews calling it "BrownStreak".

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Posted By soulcake

Not a Moba thank you cliffy !

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Posted By Stimpack

@patrickklepek: I like it. I think the idea behind it is solid, but it could perhaps use work? Reading it is slightly jarring, but it's effective.

Also Cliff Bleszinski is a rude dude with a bit of an ego problem, but I still hope the game is good. It's not like he's a sole person working on it. Here's to hoping it works out for them. If they're willing to bring creativity to the industry, I'm all for it.

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Posted By Dizzyhippos

I am glad that hes back making games, but a multiplayer shooter is the least interesting thing he could of done. But then again if thats what he wants to make more power to him.

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Posted By Nime

Well I really REALLY want SOMEONE to make a new arena shooter that is good, but Nexon and F2P immediately make me super apprehensive of this one.

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Posted By Allison

@mattpannella: Frank Cifaldi has been putting the game industry on blast lately and I love it. Dude has a lot of perspective that I really hope other people can take the time to try and see things from.

Either way. This announcement from Cliff B sounds really "off" but I'll hold judgement until further news comes out I suppose. Only fair.

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Posted By iamStilbon

Cliff Bleszinski is back?!!!!!

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Posted By iceman228433

Free you play you say, here is to me not caring.

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Edited By billyok

Patrick, it might be the web designer in me thinking too much about web design, but I wonder if this format would work better with some tweaking to the CSS? Though obviously different up close, the headers and body text kinda run together at a glance, which causes those headers to slightly sneak up on you and break up the flow in a way you're not expecting if you're quickly running down an article. Vox's site makes a greater separation (both stylistically and spatially) between light body text and bold subheader text, which makes the format less jarring (and more pleasant) to process.

Something to think about and maybe pass along? I think there's a place for this kind of format -- maybe on topics more opaque than this (I keep hearing about this "DOTA?"), but it has merit.

Keep on experimenting, fellow Chicagoan. Someone needs to keep these coastal bastards on their toes.

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Posted By Haz

I'm not sure how I feel about this. Gears of War wasn't anything particularly interesting in my opinion, though I understand it's influence on the third person shooter genre. I'm also not a fan of the F2P genre as more often than not it's done poorly and becomes pay to win. So, we'll see how this turns outs - but right now I'll proceed with caution.

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@patrickklepek said:

@joshwent said:

This is a really weird structure for a news article. Like Patrick kept interrupting himself while he was trying to write.

Just trying some stuff out. I really like the approach Vox has taken with some of its stories -- finding a way to communicate everything really early, and then trying to contextualize extraneous information using headers that prepare the reader for the information that's ahead.

I don't mean to be a dick, but I (as someone who grades scientific papers) think you went waaay overboard and it's unpleasant to the eyes. You capitalize every word in bolded subheaders (why?) and using a header for 2-3 lines of text is unnecessary (unless it's an Q&A transscript).

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Posted By paulunga

@hailinel said:

@paulunga said:

Is that an actual FAQ or do you think your audience is that stupid?

Surely you can come up with criticism more constructive than this.

I could, yes, but I think it got my point across pretty well as is. This imaginary discussion he's having is ridiculous.

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Posted By Hailinel

@paulunga said:

Is that an actual FAQ or do you think your audience is that stupid?

Surely you can come up with criticism more constructive than this.

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Posted By SasquatchDoobie

@patrickklepek: I really liked the article format. It might not work for every story, but I think it did for this one.

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Edited By DoctorPayne

I really dislike this style of writing on Vox, and I really dislike it here. The fake, pseudo-conversational format just comes across as stilted and awkward. The Vox format is what it is because it's aimed at people who only occasionally follow the news - an explainer on Hassan Rouhani or ISIS or what have you is needed for those people - but does it make sense to follow that style for the kind of person that reads Giant Bomb? I guess you'd know your demographic better than me, but I'm assuming the majority of people here know who Cliff is, what he;'s been doing etc.

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@joshwent said:

This is a really weird structure for a news article. Like Patrick kept interrupting himself while he was trying to write.

Just trying some stuff out. I really like the approach Vox has taken with some of its stories -- finding a way to communicate everything really early, and then trying to contextualize extraneous information using headers that prepare the reader for the information that's ahead.

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

Apropos of nothing: When I see giant blocks of text on a linked article, I often read the first two sentences and then click the back button

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

Yet if that same article has a bunch of subheads and is organized so I can skim quickly, get the gist, and start over, I usually read it all

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

So, either I'm dumb or, I suspect, that's probably true of a lot of other people too.

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

Not the best example but the only one I can recall doing, here's a news article with easily skimmable subheads: [url]http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/173813/Newcomer_hopes_to_disrupt_the_console_market_with_an_open_Android_box.php[/url]

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

If I ever got into video game news again I think I'd probably do a whole lot of that. Factual news story = facts in list form.

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

I think the aim of a news article on the internet should be to beam facts into brains as instantly as possible, and that's one way to do it.

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

And it's a nice evolution of "reverse pyramid" style in newspapers, where readers opt in to read past the first couple paragraphs for detail

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

Anyway the point is I think I'm pretty smart.

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

.@RJTZ right. And note how GAF threads usually bold the important parts of the story for easy skimming. Same concept as lots of subheads.

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

I honestly think the world would be better informed if news sites admitted that readers skim now and take advantage instead of fighting it.

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

Otherwise those skim-readers' opinions are based just on reading a headline. Anyone who runs a site can tell you how common this is.

@frankcifaldi · Jun 25

Ever notice how Buzzfeed gets a lot of traffic? Maybe it's time to examine their layouts instead of assuming the world is stupid.

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Oh, right, I kind of forgot that Vox is doing exactly what I'm talking about. So uh, good job guys. [url]http://www.vox.com/2014/6/25/5841722/surprise-the-supreme-court-does-know-a-lot-about-mobile-phones

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This is pretty weird format for a relatively uninteresting story. Not sure I'm a huge fan of it, since 90% of it is stuff I already know. I get that not everybody has this vast knowledge of super important stuff like I do but I hope Patrick improves on this a bit, cause this feels like the articel version of the Skyward Sword tutorial. I already know how to jump Nintendo!

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Posted By falling_fast

so it'll be rated E for Everyone, then

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Edited By forteexe21

Will this come out before Fortnite?

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Edited By dudeglove

Stop writing like you work for Buzzfeed or some other clickbait site, Patrick, it's insulting (or are you forgetting that this site is a wiki?).

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Posted By Mr_Creeper

Not a MOBA is my favourite genre.

After this one I stopped reading the comments and went and pre-ordered the game. You just can't get any more right than that.

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Posted By VooDooPC

For some reason when I put Cliff Bleszinksi and Free 2 Play in my head the only thing that comes out is Huxley.

http://www.giantbomb.com/huxley-the-dystopia/3030-21488/

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Posted By Justin258

@believer258 said:

Seems like a fairly silly thing to point out. Or, if you wanted to point it out, you could have clarified what you were talking about.

It was a joke.

It's not really a funny one. Or my sense of humor is too base to understand your transcended comedy.

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@joshwent said:

This is a really weird structure for a news article. Like Patrick kept interrupting himself while he was trying to write.

Just trying some stuff out. I really like the approach Vox has taken with some of its stories -- finding a way to communicate everything really early, and then trying to contextualize extraneous information using headers that prepare the reader for the information that's ahead.

I have to say

"Isn't It Weird He's Making a F2P Shooter While Epic Revives Unreal Tournament as a "Free" Shooter?

Yes."

Made me laugh. It's as if the bold writing is someone who is extremely informed on a situation and must know if their information is accurate.

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Posted By Paindamnation

But what about articles with more then one answer?

We have that too. @patrickklepek

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Posted By GaspoweR

This project couldn't sound any less interesting to me. Unless, of course, they manage to get Martin Lawrence's likeness, then I'm totally on board.

Man, I kinda wished that it was going to have a single player campaign where you play as a security guard who happens to stumble on some shady shit.

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Posted By Rotnac

@milkman said:

I'LL RIP YOUR LIPS OFF AND KISS MY ASS WITH THEM SHITS

I'LL RIP YOUR TONGUE OUT AND LICK MY BALLS WITH 'EM

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Posted By DefaultProphet

I read that quick and thought it said Condemned: Blue Streak and got real excited for a second.

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Posted By Castiel

Cliff Bleszinski; the most dudebro guy in the video game industry. Whether you see that as an insult or a compliment is up to yourself to decide.

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Posted By Cybexx

The FPS genre can often lack innovation so I am looking forward to Cliff Bleszinski's follow up to Active Reload.

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Posted By IcyEyes

"From the people who brought you MapleStory and Gears of War, comes...."

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Posted By Lego_My_Eggo

Im just gonna say that im not a fan of the format of this article. It feels like its just going all over the place and the majority of it is not about Boss Key or Blue Streak and feels like it didn't really need to be talked about. And some of the stuff was kinda mentioned more then once and could have probably been expanded on a little the first time it was talked about so it didn't need its own little section.

I kinda wish Cliff was working on something other then a shooter, since there are just so many and there all kinda bland, but ill give the guy in charge of one of the more enjoyable third person shooters in a while the benefit of the doubt.

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Posted By cooljammer00

Welp, at least Cliff won't need to worry about used games stealing food from his mouth anymore, as he tweets about his two Ferraris.

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@believer258 said:

Seems like a fairly silly thing to point out. Or, if you wanted to point it out, you could have clarified what you were talking about.

It was a joke.

This is the internet asshole. We got no place for jokes. Also put on a god damn fedora or something, CHRIST.

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Posted By DharmaBum

@taku128 said:

Gears of War sucks, stole all its mechanics from better games and Cliffy B is an egotistical asshole. I don't know why anyone gives a shit about anything he does.

Which game did it steal wall bouncing from?

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