Cliff Bleszinski, game designer on Gears of War, Unreal, and Jazz Jackrabbit, has come out of retirement and formed an all new game studio. Bleszinski, along with Guerrilla Games co-founder Arjan Brussee, have formed Boss Key Productions in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina was also home to Bleszinski’s former studio, Epic Games. Bleszinski made the announcement of his return on his twitter page. He had been in a “retirement” ever since leaving Epic Games in 2012.
Polygon uncovered the documents filed to North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, with Bleszinski as Boss Key’s registered agent. Documents filed with the US Patent Office suggest Boss Key will make online games. Boss Key’s official description on the document is as follows: “downloadable multi-player interactive computer game programs; computer and video game software; downloadable computer and video game software; downloadable electronic games via the Internet and wireless devices; downloadable computer application software in the field of games; interactive computer and video game programs.”
Boss Key’s new titles, rumored to be called Project Blue Streak, may be set for a reveal on July 8th. Bleszinski posted a link to a countdown clock that expires on the 8th. When reached for comment by Polygon, Bleszinski left gamers with quite a tease. “I do not comment on rumors and speculation on the birthday of the nation that could allow a game designer to have a fantastic 20 year run at his first studio and then take nearly two years off only to seek out funding and start his new lean, agile, fun startup in Raleigh, N.C.,”
We will keep you updated as soon as we learn more about Boss Key’s first project.
by, Bobby Marquardt