Cliff Bleszinski talks new studio and 'redefining my legacy'

Gear of War designer meeting with "a lot of developers and publishers"

Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski has revealed "it's a matter of when" not "if" he will create his own games studio.


Speaking in an interview with G4, the Gears of War creator said that moving forward he hopes to "work on something new and fresh and sort of redefine my legacy".

He added: "I had been working with [Epic] since I was 17-years-old. It's time for a fresh start. I'll start a new studio maybe at some point - it's not a matter of 'if', it's a matter of when and with who."

The designer announced his departure from Epic this October, stating that he intended to "take a much-needed break."

However it wasn't long before the offers started streaming in, and Bleszinski suggested he's in the process of identifying a partner.

"I started to get a little bit bored and then my phone started ringing a lot. I started meeting with a lot of people, a lot of developers and publishers... just to see what could possibly happen, of which I can tell you nothing right now," he explained.

One publisher who courted Bleszinski was Ubisoft, who sent a mobile phone to the developer with a single number programmed on to it.

"I felt like Liam Neeson in Taken. I called the number, talked to them, and we ended up meeting up and it was cool, but it was like the covert ops moment that was really amazing."

Cliff said his intention with any potential studio venture is to "pan for gold, while also having faith in the process" - but he's also aware of the risks historically attached to 'celebrity'-helmed studios.

"I think when you look at Romero and when he did Ion Storm, I think it worked against him as much as for him. If you look at Curt Schilling and his studio [38 Studios]... You have to be careful when you have a certain amount of cult of personality. You can use it and leverage it to some extent, but you have to be careful not to believe your own crap, honestly.

"And surrounding yourself with people who will question yourself at the right times... you don't want to surround yourself with a lot of 'yes men' essentially."