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Cliff Bleszinski Comeback?

A couple of tweets from Cliff Bleszinski suggest the Unreal, Gears of War, and Lawbreakers designer may be rethinking his retirement from the game industry. After the failure of Lawbreakers and Radical Heights led to the closure of Boss Key Studios, Cliff stated he is "NEVER making another game." In subsequent exchanges in the twitter thread he seems to agree with suggestions that if he returns to development he start small, rather than build a studio. But the conversation started with a pair of new tweets that call the permanence of his retirement into question:

UGH guys I kinda have a game idea and it won't get out of my head.

I thought I was truly done.

But then, stupid brain shows up.

UGH.

AND IT'S NOT A F*CKING BATTLE ROYALE

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23. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 16, 2019, 07:32 EricFate
 
Someday, I hope to live in a world where nothing Cliff Bleszinski says or does is ever considered newsworthy to anyone.  
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22. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 21:11 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2019, 19:55:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Aug 15, 2019, 16:28:
He's like the Ewe Boll of video game developers. Just seems so out of touch...
Hey, man. Lawbreakers was teh awesome.

"In LawBreakers, players take on the roles of specialized fighters who inhabit low gravity arenas. Competing against Blizzard’s Overwatch, the game failed to attract a sustainable audience. Although it lacks the charm and polish of Overwatch, it is a tightly designed shooting game with well balanced units." source

He entered FPS MOBA too late.

I think Cliff could benefit from two things:

1. ORIGINALITY. Find an original idea. The latest example of this is the MOBA-Chess like hybrids of TFT and DOTA Underlords. It was there all this time. But someone thought, "Hey, what if we take MOBA and mix it with something like Chess." It's not my thing, but there is a market for it.

2. LET THE WORK SPEAK FOR ITSELF. Meaning, gather talent on a small scale, create a fun prototype, find a buyer or an investor, and then flesh it out, launch. If it finds an audience, Cliff is back. If not, no big deal.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 — Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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21. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 19:55 jdreyer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Aug 15, 2019, 16:28:
He's like the Ewe Boll of video game developers. Just seems so out of touch...
Hey, man. Lawbreakers was teh awesome.
 
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The land in Minecraft is flat, Minecraft simulates the Earth, ergo the Earth is flat.
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20. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 17:22 Cutter
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Aug 15, 2019, 15:37:
Why all the hate? Do some of you guys know him personally? I suppose some people who frequent Blue's could be ex-employees or something.

I don't think hate so much as people just have zero respect for the guy. He's got a seriously overinflated view of himself, especially in respect to games he's made. And he tends to externalize blame when they fail, it's everyone else's fault, or pirates, or what have you.
 
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19. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 16:45 Kxmode
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Aug 15, 2019, 16:28:
He's like the Ewe Boll of video game developers. Just seems so out of touch...

Most studio heads are. Have you heard the jazz from Tim Sweeney?
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 — Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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18. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 16:28 Tipsy McStagger
 
He's like the Ewe Boll of video game developers. Just seems so out of touch...  
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17. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 15:57 Nullity
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 15, 2019, 15:50:
Steele Johnson wrote on Aug 15, 2019, 15:37:
Why all the hate? Do some of you guys know him personally? I suppose some people who frequent Blue's could be ex-employees or something.

Nobody hates on him (at least as far as I know). We're just joshing him because he's such a pretentious person and projects under his creative direction/studio tend to fail spectacularly. If he wants to return, then return quietly. Make a game that'll blow people away. Then he will have earned praise.
Yeah, he's a total diva.
 
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16. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 15:56 Mr. Tact
 
Who?  
Truth is brutal. Prepare for pain.
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15. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 15:50 Kxmode
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Aug 15, 2019, 15:37:
Why all the hate? Do some of you guys know him personally? I suppose some people who frequent Blue's could be ex-employees or something.

Nobody hates on him (at least as far as I know). We're just joshing him because he's such a pretentious person and projects under his creative direction/studio tend to fail spectacularly. If he wants to return, then return quietly. Make a game that'll blow people away. Then he will have earned praise.
 
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 — Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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14. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 15:37 Steele Johnson
 
Why all the hate? Do some of you guys know him personally? I suppose some people who frequent Blue's could be ex-employees or something.  
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13. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 14:19 PacoTaco
 
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12. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 14:04 jdreyer
 
Never have I seen Bluesers so unified...  
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The land in Minecraft is flat, Minecraft simulates the Earth, ergo the Earth is flat.
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11. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 14:03 jdreyer
 
"Just when I thought I was out, they I pulled me back in."  
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The land in Minecraft is flat, Minecraft simulates the Earth, ergo the Earth is flat.
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10. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 13:58 [SC]TherMight
 
Shhh... There, there, Cliffy. Take a deep breath and quietly iterate. We all have ideas. Does not mean you have to act on every one or that it's good.  
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9. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 13:24 Kxmode
 
Is Cliff hoping his return will bring him to Radical Heights because if so that would be Unreal?  
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William Shakespeare's "Star Wars" Act I, Scene 1: Aboard the rebel ship. / Enter C-3PO and R2-D2. / C-3PO: "Now is the summer of our happiness / Made winter by this sudden, fierce attack!" / R2-D2 — Beep beep, Beep, beep, meep, squeak, beep, whee!
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8. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 13:22 Acleacius
 
No no no, this can't be happening first drumpf, then a recession because of his idiocy and now this!! Fick ut!  
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people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
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7. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 12:30 Nullity
 
It's ok Cliffy, you can stay retired. We won't mind, promise.  
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6. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 12:15 eRe4s3r
 
I am gonna guess it's going to be a survival rogue lite.  
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5. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 11:15 Creston
 
Such a shocker, attention whore cliffyb can't do without the attention.
 
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4. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Comeback? Aug 15, 2019, 10:53 Cutter
 
Don't call it a comeback
I've been here for years
I'm rocking my peers
Puttin' suckers in fear
 
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