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Bleszinski's Boss Key hires former Epic, Irrational, Neversoft staff

New development studio confirms it first hires

Cliff Bleszinski's Boss Key Productions is officially operational and has confirmed its first round of employees.

The Raleigh, North Carolina-based developer has picked up a number of senior staff with history at major studios including Epic Games, Red Storm, Neversoft Entertainment and Irrational Games.


Chris Mielke (Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Far Cry 4, The Division) will fill the role of senior producer. Chris Wells (the Gears of War trilogy, Fortnite) is the new senior character artist, while fellow former Epic Games man Joshua Parker is Boss Key's new senior gameplay programmer.

Shane Smith (Grand Theft Auto V, Bioshock Infinite) is the IT director, David Rose (Guitar Hero 5 and 6, and Call of Duty: Ghosts) is the so-called 'UI Ninja', Ryan Palser (Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Ghosts) is the senior animator, James Hawkins (Gears of War Trilogy, Unreal Tournament 3) is senior concept artist, and Sarah Asby (Gears of War Trilogy, Unreal Tournament 3) is the exec assistant.

"The key to building a successful company is to surround yourself with quality people, especially the ones who can do things you can't," said co-founder and CEO Cliff Bleszinski in a prepared statement.

"Arjan [Brussee] and I are excited to continue working with some of the people who have inspired us and helped us create great work in the past, as well as to hire fresh blood to bring new perspectives and talents to the table. We're still reading through hundreds of resumes to find the best-of-the-best to join us, and expect to have more announcements soon."

Guerrilla Games co-founder Arjan Brussee joined Bosskey as its chief operating officer. Brussee and Bleszinski collaborated on the Jazz Jackrabbit platformer series.

The first project from Bleszinski's new studio will be a free-to-play PC shooter codenamed BlueStreak.

Boss Key Productions plans to partner with Korean online games publisher Nexon to create the title, Bleszinski announced on July 8.