Cliff Bleszinski left Epic Games in 2012, claiming he was retiring from making games. Although he no doubt has the financial stability that could maintain retiring at 37 years of age, it appears the desire to create has returned in force. Although this is no surprise, considering he already talked about coming back to game development last December, to see him officially announce on Twitter that he will be showing off new stuff in the next week is very welcome.
Don’t hold your breath for him to return to Epic however. He has said that he would love to open his own studio in the past, and has a very specific vision for this project. It will be a first-person shooter, Cliff said on the Pointless Podcast back in late 2013. He also stated that it will feel old, “It will be a PC experience that will hearken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on.” He also stated he does not want to do a scripted sequence ever again, and has already let us know it won’t feel like the more modern, Call of Duty type games, instead feeling more like the Unreal style of gameplay he is known for. In the same podcast, he is quoted as saying, “A lot of these kids playing Call of Duty– I don’t think they know what a proper arena shooter is.”