Clifford Bleszinski occupies an odd space within the games industry in the intervening time. The artist formerly known as Cliffy B is a big-budget director of substantial expertise who’s labored on some best-in-class titles and remains to be comparatively young, however breaking off from Epic Games and setting up on his own did not go fairly as deliberate: LawBreakers was great, but didn’t sell, while Radical Heights was a hail Mary that did not quite come off both. Since those two misfires Bleszinski has turn into one thing of a social media soapboxer and, judging by how he’s been angling for a consultancy function on the next Gears, is in search of his way again into games.
One potential route, which Bleszinski has been touting for a while now, is a revival of LawBreakers. He’s additionally sending rather combined messages about it, saying solely last month that Korean big Nexon owns the rights and he is “kinda over the whole making video games thing” anyway. But wait!
Update:My friend who has his own studio and is interested in a revival of LawBreakers has my LA lawyer on retainer to negotiate with Nexon for it.Stay tuned.May 19, 2023
The “good friend” being referred to right here may nicely be Justin Roiland, co-creator of Rick & Morty and founder of Squanch Games (based in California), who also apparently acquired the rights to Radical Heights when Bleszinski’s Boss Key Productions closed its doorways. Roiland had a voice role in LawBreakers and is apparently a good pal of Bleszinski, although a Radical Heights revival might be the one factor extra unlikely than a LawBreakers comeback.
As nicely as LawBreakers, after a couple of vodka sodas Bleszinski lamented the destiny of considered one of Boss Key Productions’ unmade games. A current rumour suggests that Microsoft is seeking to somehow deliver again Scalebound, the Hideki Kamiya directed motion recreation from Platinum that was cancelled in January 2017. As unlikely as that will seem, the concept had Bleszinski reminiscing a few sport called Dragonflies and Microsoft’s refusal to back it.
“STFU Microsoft could be reviving Scalebound after they turned down DragonFlies?!” wrote Bleszinksi. “Man. People marvel why I actually have zero need to make one other recreation any time soon. And sure, I’ve had a two vodka sodas, but I’m in zero fucks mode today.”
Bleszinki has previously described Dragonflies as a sport the place you played “ninja/samurai in airships driving dragons preventing zombies with pals in a PVE ‘feudalpunk’ setting on floating islands”. You were supposed to hatch your dragons and lift them, which all sounds fairly superb, however bear in mind that almost each single sport idea sounds wonderful until people hunker down to actually make the factor. Still, if Microsoft does revive Scalebound, I’m wanting forward to Bleszinski having a number of extra vodka sodas and telling us what he actually thinks of Phil Spencer.
Outside of video games, Bleszinski’s preserving busy with a comic book about canines combating for justice in a dystopian future, as properly as penning a memoir about his time within the trade. He’s additionally an investor and producer in theatre productions.