Radical Heights’ CliffyB posts some ‘what could’ve been’ concepts

Alas, poor Cliff Bleszinski, forced to give up on so many game ideas after the closure of Boss Key Productions. If you’re interested in Bleszinski’s various early concepts, he’s posted a few on Twitter: DragonFlies (a dragon-riding air combat game), DogWalkers (a VR mech shooter with multiple people playing different parts of a mech), and Donuts (described as “Mario Kart with animals on water in VR”). You can choose for yourself whether or not these games would have likely been successful, although the term “VR” is showing up there an awful lot; these are still the very early stages of concept design, so it’s impossible to know.

If only we hadn’t all collectively decided to play other games instead of LawBreakers and Radical Heights!

Meanwhile, CliffyB’s staff took to Twitter to discuss the way the studio’s closure was handled. Here’s lead producer Ron LaJoie.

Source: Twitter via Kotaku. This article has been updated since publication to clarify exactly what was said on Twitter.
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McGuffn

When CliffyB thanked everyone except the trolls for their support in his time of need maybe he was talking about his employees?

Imagine getting called to the parking lot where your child tells you that you don’t have a job.

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Darthbawl

Meh. Throwing CliffyB under the bus has become tiresome. Not saying he doesn’t belong there, just time for me to move on. :P

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Tobasco da Gama

Ideas are cheap. Class, on the other hand, is apparently too expensive for our pal Cliff.

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Utakata

…not sure these ideas where cheap, cheeze sandwiches or simply clueless. But I get what you mean. o.O

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styopa

From wiki:

After 20 years with the company, Cliff announced his departure from Epic Games on October 3, 2012, saying he had been making video games since he was a teen and wanted to take a break.[19][20] According to a 2015 interview, his original intention was to retire permanently. “It was a combination of gamers feeling jaded, as well as working with some very talented people who were also very jaded,” Bleszinski told Destructoid. “I could pitch the most amazing idea to anybody back when I was at Epic toward the end, and they’d be like ‘I don’t buy it,'” he further added.[21]

Boss Key Productions (2014–2018)
On June 30, 2014, Cliff announced on Twitter that he was “coming out of retirement to make video games again” and would be unveiling his next project in the next week.[22] The new game, a free-to-play, PC-focused arena shooter code-named BlueStreak, would be published by Nexon and developed by his new studio, Boss Key Productions, which he co-founded with Brussee the same year.[23][24] A year later, Bleszinski revealed that the arena shooter would be called LawBreakers.[25]

So what you’re saying is that those “jaded” Epic folk…were probably right?

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Bruno Brito

Hey, i can have ideas too. Good business acumen and management…not so much.

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Reginald Atkins

ok this is a bit untrue guys.

I know people that work / worked at bosskey and there was a meeting prior to the shut down and most people were looking for a new job anyway save the few who thought Radical Heights was going to instigate a turn-around.

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Bree Royce

We corrected the story almost immediately after publication thanks to a kind tip; we read more into the tweets than was intended. We apologize for the confusion.

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Archebius

DragonFlies – “ninja/samurai in airships riding dragons fighting zombies with friends in a PVE “feudalpunk” setting on floating islands.”

Reminds me of an Oglaf comic where a bikini-clad chick shows up to slay the evil boob shark king, claiming that she’s fulfilling a prophecy, and this guy’s like, yeah, sorry, that prophet did a bunch of doodling when he was fifteen, no one takes them very seriously.

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cursedseishi

Hmm… I think you forgot the blood… definitely the blood!

As for the game, it also sounds like Cliffy saw Panzer Dragoon and Drakengard and thought “I know, I’ll make a game about people flying on dragons and fighting stuff off! Maybe zombies! I’m so original!” And unsurprisingly, it’s also the only one I would call myself interested in and also the one not in VR… which also helps matters for me.

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Zora

Since I’m in a good mood I’ll break a lance for Cliffy (and wash my hands with bleach afterwards) imagining he might have thought someone else had been tasked with informing the employees through proper channels and/or was so pissed at the sudden shutdown that his already not overly cautious nature went into overdrive and on second thought I’m not sure I care enough to break that lance but it’s too late now isn’t it…

Pass the bleach, will you?

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Pepperzine

What a classless insensitive scummy thing to do. He just needed to fulfill his desire to bask in likes from strangers on social media.

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Wolfyseyes

Bleszinski’s creativity was never really something I’ve questioned. His business sense, however, definitely is worthy of brow-wrinkling scrutiny. To that point, I hope he does go back to design lead instead of studio lead.