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Cliff Bleszinski pushes dynamic, less-scripted games

Cliff Bleszinski left Epic Games in October, and since then he's had a lot of time to think about what will come next. The Gears of War designer said he will start a new studio eventually, and when he does, he may be looking more to Minecraft as a design inspiration.

One of the last projects Bleszinski touched at Epic Games was Fortnite, an upcoming base building survival game. He told VentureBeat he would like to keep moving in the direction of more dynamic, player-driven games.

"Your game should yield lots of awesome YouTube videos," he said. "Moving forward, the type of game I want to build would not be this super-linear Gears or Uncharted type of campaign game. It would be something that’s much more free-flowing in regards to the number of systems that work together to create new and emergent gameplay."

But where and with whom will he make it?

"The thing is, I would want to get back to the triple-A space eventually, but the last thing I would want to do--and no offense meant to Curt Schilling [of 38 Studios] and John Romero [of Ion Storm]--is to do what those guys did," Bleszinski said. 'Let’s throw 300 bodies at it! Sure, we’ll just make it work!' That’s the equivalent of taking a garage band and having them play Wembley Stadium on day one."

Bleszinski said he would consider starting off with a small staff and taking an indie approach, though he admitted the glamour and reach of triple-A development was a strong pull.

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6 comments

  • jackthemenace - January 27, 2013 2:45 a.m.

    Yeah, I'd love to see what Cliffy B could do with this kind of approach. I enjoy his stuff, and I enjoy non-scripted games as well; That said, please do something better than Minecraft, Cliff.
  • TBone4Ever - January 26, 2013 8:14 a.m.

    While Cliff make such a good game of Gears Of War: Damn you Cliff for making levels with hardly any cover! Mercy comes as an example.. To many bullets not enough cover! How frustrating!! Arrrgghh!!
  • Tjwoods18 - January 25, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    He don't know what he wants. -_-
  • alex-roy-bristol - January 25, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    Again Cliffy B is a good friend of mine. Not really, but I do love him... <3
  • winner2 - January 24, 2013 8:21 p.m.

    Well said.
  • ObliqueZombie - January 24, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    I'm definitely game for this. Games like Skyrim and Minecraft that has untold, sometimes imaginary stories are the best. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of scripted campaigns that tell good stories--especially my recent play through with Uncharted 2--, but when I plunder one of Skyrim's hand-crafted dungeons and simply learn about or infer to what happened really keeps me going.

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