Well, the countdown’s over, and Cliff Bleszinski has officially revealed his return to gaming. His new studio Boss Key is working with Nexon on a free-to-play first-person shooter, codenamed BlueStreak.
Owen Mahoney, president and chief executive officer at Nexon explains:
Cliff is one of the most innovative and renowned game designers of our time, and his reputation for creating genre-defining games that inspire a dedicated fan base is well-earned. Players across the world have eagerly awaited Cliff’s next move, and we’re delighted to partner with Boss Key to bring the next generation of first-person shooters to market. Cliff shares our unwavering commitment to delivering players the absolute highest-quality game-play experience.
While some fans may have hoped that Cliff would return to his platforming roots, it seems the developer had another sort of revival on his mind: Creating a “proper” first-person shooter.
He explains that he can’t fight his instincts:
Creating fun and memorable shooters is in my DNA, and making the move to free-to-play games is all about maximizing the potential audience for your title while embracing where the industry is headed.
No one knows the free-to-play market better than Nexon, which is why they were the obvious partner to publish BlueStreak. It’s a game and concept I think will really resonate with players who have been clamoring for a new take on an old favorite. After all, I’ve had a year and a half to plan it.
If you want to know more about Boss Key, BlueStreak, or what else is in store, Cliff is promising to answer questions about just about everything tomorrow – ask him via Twitter, and he’ll reveal all at 5:30pm EST at an unannounced online location (What’s that in my timezone?).
Whether or not he’s ready to start talking dev team is a different matter, but we’re already promised “some new faces along with some familiar ones”. Shooter fans, pay attention.