‘I want it to be… an arena shooter.’
Cliff Bleszinski may not be taken as seriously as he deserves to be, simply because of how outspoken he can be, but the man is a veritable genius of a game developer. He was behind the Unreal and Gears of War series, and now, after departing from Epic Games, he is working on a new game- a new PC exclusive shooter in the vein of Quake.
Talking on the latest Pointless podcast, he described his newest project:
“I have a pitch, I have concept art, I know pretty much what I wanna do. It will be a PC experience that will harken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on, if you know what I’m saying.
“[I want to do] a first-person shooter. It’s in my DNA. It’s one of those things – a lot of these kids playing Call of Duty, I don’t think they’d know what a proper arena shooter is if it’d hit them across the fucking head.
“I want to get funding, I don’t want to do a Kickstarter. With the speed and style of the title, it would not be a good fit for the [Oculus] Rift. I can confirm that,” he added, when questioned about supporting two of the newest trends in PC gaming.
“I’ve shown [the project] to various parties, and there are nibbles. I wanna do something. It’s just I’m not gonna do it if the time is not right and if the funding’s not right.”
Can Cliffy B usher in the return of the age of the arena shooter? One can only hope.