Cliff Bleszinski, famous for his work on Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal, and Gears of War, wants to make an arena shooter for the PC. Bleszinski revealed his idea on former Attack of the Show co-host Kevin Pereira’s Podcast: Pointless. Cliff has been teasing his new project for quite some time in, with cropped pieces of concept art being posted on his twitter account.
During his interview, Bleszinski said “It will be a PC experience that will harken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on, if you know what I’m saying.” He continued by saying that many of today’s gamers don’t know what a true arena shooter is, thanks to games like Call of Duty.
He also seems opposed to working with a normal publisher, and would need his own studio for the project “I’ll talk to them, have meetings, but the last thing I need is some mid-level marketing guy telling me that, ‘Well, traditionally, this doesn’t sell well, so we’re concerned,’ and all that because they’re all rearward-looking and it just drives me fucking batshit.” No word was given on if he would use Kickstarter, but that would certainly be a path he could take to avoid “mid-level marketing” guys.
This reporter’s opinion: I would be incredibly happy if Cliff gave the arena shooter game the shot in the arm it needs. I can’t even remember the last major arena shooter that was released. CS: GO maybe? That’s not a traditional arena shooter thouh, so maybe Quake Arena Arcade’s release on Xbox Live arcade? There was Nexuiz, but it was kinda awful. Back to the point, Cliff is the man to return the arena shooter back to prominence, and I hope he succeeds.
by, Bobby Marquardt