..and that was all in the course of a week.
Last week industry veteran Cliff Bleszinski, of Gears of War fame, announced via Twitter, his return to the video game industry. “I’m officially coming out of retirement to make video games again,” he said on Monday, June 30. Since then he hinted repeatedly that he had news to share on his next project which was finally unveiled earlier this week along with the name of his studio, Boss Key Productions, who’s co-founder is EA producer and Guerrilla Games co-founder Arjan Brussee.
His new game, provisionally called “BlueStreak,” is unsurprisingly a free-to-play, sci-fi, arena shooter. BlueStreak is set to land on the PC and will be published by MapleStory and Dragon’s Nest publishers, Nexon.
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) July 8, 2014
Following this news Bleszinski decided to answer peoples questions in an AMA on reddit with one of the main questions being about the games free-to-play nature, a model that has shown great success, but still comes with an unwanted stigma.
“Anyone can just jump in and play your darned game,” Bleszinski explained, noting that Bluestreak wll not be pay to win. “I’m DETERMINED to not do Pay To Win. Since this game is a shooter I want that one player who likes the game and doesn’t feel like spending any money to be able to take down the trust fund kid that’s spent a ton of money to have All The Stuff.”
To expand on that, Bleszinski couldn’t offer much of an answer about microtransactions and whether Bluestreak would contain them, “I’m not sure, and it’s entirely too easy to tell or make the call. Free to Play is one of those genres that means something entirely different depending on the game. For every model that feels like Las Vegas methods (Zynga, Candy Crush) there’s folks who do it right, like League of Legends, or WarFrame,” he said.
“I’ve never shipped a Free to Play game before. That’s one of the MANY reasons why we’re going with Nexon, they can provide server structures and a global peek into gamers of all types and guide us into a game that’s more ‘Shut up and take my money’ as opposed to ‘shaking you down for your hard earned cash.’
So we’ll experiment, tweak, tune, and most importantly, build a positive community around the game as we develop it.”
As for Martin Lawrence making an appearance in BlueStreak, y’know, because he starred in that movie.. er.. BlueStreak.. Bleszinski said. “With the internet and it’s goofy sense of humor I might have to stunt cast him as a voice role, because we’re in a world where Potato Salad Kickstarters can make thousands of dollars.”
Along with the AMA, BossKey also released the first concept art for BlueStreak which looks awesome. Lets hope the game is just as good!