Cliff Bleszinski Will Announce His New Game Soon
Former Gears of War Designer Cliff Bleszinski has been rather quiet lately (unless you follow him on Twitter) regarding his new and still unannounced independent title. After leaving Epic Games in 2012, Bleszinski has been toying with new IP ideas, culmination in some screenshot teases late last year.
That could change in the next few weeks though, as the game developer is ready to announce what he’s been working on in the next 4-6 weeks. Better yet, we could see the title launch on Steam Early Access not too far after that.
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Bleszinski has said that the success of crowd-funded games has intrigued him, and that his is currently procuring funding in order to launch his own crowd-funded project so that consumers can get involved and shape his game.
“I would like to go directly to the consumer if possible, although with the safety net of providing outside financing. I think Kickstarter is a beautiful, romantic thing. I think that for every success story there’s ten failures, sadly, on Kickstarter.”
Bleszinski seems to think that Steam Early Access is a better way to approach a situation such as this, allowing the game and company to grow while the community for the game grows simultaneously. On top of that, consumers are already paying for a game they can help development, which Bleszinski thinks benefits both parties.
“But I think it’s possible with the success of DayZ, to have the concept of pay-for-alpha or pay-for-early-access, and help the community forge and shape your game. Build the company while you build the game while you build the community, at the same time.”
Not much is known about the new project that Bleszinski is preparing to reveal, although in the past the developer has hinted at it being a first-person shooter. Some of the artwork released last year was fairly intriguing, so it will be interesting to see what the game actually looks like in about a month or so.
Bleszinski also made it clear that he would not return to Gears of War, after Microsoft acquired the rights to the game last week.