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‘Gears of War’ creator Cliff Bleszinski developing arena shooter for PC

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According to a report today from Polygon, Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski is working on an arena shooter the likes that the younger generation of gamers hasn’t seen.

Beleszinski, who cut his teeth working as a game designer for Epic Games, made know of his plan to reintroduce a “proper arena shooter” back into the video game fray on the Pointless podcast, hosted by former Attack of the Show host Kevin Pereira.

"I have a slide deck, I have a pitch, I have concept art, I know pretty much what I want to do," Bleszinski said.

The game, Bleszinski said, will “hearken” back to the age in which many designers first developed their chops –– an age in which most younger gamers missed out.

“A lot of these kids playing Call of Duty, I don't think they know what a proper arena shooter is,” Bleszinski said, saying that the undisclosed game will be a first-person shooter unlike those popular today.

Bleszinski doesn’t have a development team, but he doesn’t want to “work with the old guard, per se,” in the sense that he doesn’t need a large studio nor the traditional arrangement between publishers and developers.

"I'll talk to them, have meetings,” Bleszinski said. “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.”

Bleszinski left Epic Games in October 2012.


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