Cliff Bleszinski has plans to start a new studio, it’s just a “matter of when and with who.”
Cliff Bleszinski is widely known as the face of chunky, murder-festival, Gears of War, but there’s more to his body of work than grimacing beef-slabs butchering each other in the third person. In a simpler, more innocent time, when he called himself “Cliffy B” and looked like this, Bleszinski worked on a number of ground-breaking games. Of course, the only people who remember the likes of Unreal or Jazz Jackrabbit are us ancient nerds. When Cheetos and Hotpockets claim the last of us, only the young will remain, and they’ll remember Cliff as “that guy who put a chainsaw on a gun.”
Fear of that dark legacy seems to partially motivated Bleszinski’s surprising decision to end his 20-year career at Epic Games this October.
“I don’t want the chainsaw gun to be my legacy,” he recently admitted in an interview with X-play. “It is pretty cool and whenever somebody puts together a top 50 weapons in video games and it’s up there with the Halo sword and the lancer and the Doom BFG, that’s really flattering, but a lot of these kids who have only been playing games for the last however many years, that’s the only thing they think I ever did.”
While there’s still no news on what he intends to do next, Bleszinski did confirm that he would be starting his own studio at some point.
“It’s not a matter of if,” he said. “It’s a matter of when and with who.”