Cliff Bleszinski’s future in game development remains shrouded in mystery, but one thing the he is certain of, it’s that his next project will for PC and that disc-based games no longer appeal to him, the designer told Gamasutra in a recent interview.
“PC is where I’m going to wind up,” Bleszinski told Gamastura. “That’s where the community is. The trend will always be the core.”
“The whole ‘old guard,’ where you get a Game Informer cover and an E3 reveal, is dead,” Bleszinski added. “I’ll never make another disc-based game for the rest of my career.”
The Gears of War creator left Epic Games in October 2012. In August 2013, Bleszinski started teasing concept art for a new project, sharing three images that depicted various sci-fi settings. In December, while guesting on Kevin Pereira’s Pointless podcast, Bleszinski indicated that his next project would hearken back to Unreal Tournament–style arena shooters.
Bleszinski’s new approach will probably mirror the dissemination games like Rust and Minecraft flourished from: word of mouth.
“Your game is as good as how many YouTube videos it can yield,” Bleszinski said. “My wife and I are totally hooked on Rust right now. It’s not about the ‘new user experience’; in these games the new user experience is utter shit, and it’s okay. There are two lessons people have not learned from Minecraft: Get the game out there and build it. Some kid will put out a video. Players will teach each other. you don’t need the ‘press A to jump.’”