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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butterpanda888

DogWalkers and DragonFlies look like they would have been really cool if done right.

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Video Game Professor

Hmm…No dog in the race, but did get pretty upset when I read here that people weren’t told they got laid off, so I went to see what kind of a creep this CliffB guy was. According to him, though, there was a meeting where he told everyone what was up.

Feels disingenuous and slanted to suggest that Cliff gave his producer the James Comey treatment.

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Bruno Brito

Now i want to know if there are any Radical Heights ex-employees interested in proving him wrong.

Else, it becomes he-said-she-said.

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J

The Mad Hatter: [sobbing] Would not, could not… would not, could not… oh, could not join the dance.

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PurpleCopper

See, now why did he make Lawbreakers instead of those games instead? All those interesting concepts and he decided to make a game that looks like Overwatch (a much more popular game) that plays like an arena shooter (a much less popular genre).

I mean really. Perhaps he should have gone the Doublefine’s Amnesia Fortnight route where they split the entire devteam into multiple groups pumping out smaller games instead of just one big game.

Also, talk about 4 years of waste.

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Sorenthaz

God the MOP comments hold the weirdest Internet grudges.

Dogwalkers sounds like it would’ve been an interesting concept. Can never complain about a lack of mech games. DragonFlies sounds pretty crazy on a visual level and would’ve been cool to see.

I’m still annoyed that Radical Heights has to be closed down though, especially after hearing from a dev about what was in the works for it. Folks will dismiss it as another generic BR but those folks never really played it and just want to lump every BR into the same pile much like every MMO that wasn’t WoW was just lumped into the ‘WoW clone’ pile. Really sad how gaming culture has become such a cesspool of closed-minded circlejerking.

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McGuffn

“Really sad how gaming culture has become such a cesspool of closed-minded circlejerking.”

You mean like Cliff? You reap what you sow. He could have spent the last several years fostering good will and the response would be very different.

“I like this game and therefore I don’t know why people are holding him accountable for his actions and statements” is the stranger proposition.

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Bryan Correll

Cliff Bleszinski: At least he’s not Jason Appleton.

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Hirku

Not the most graceful exit one can make. I guess the lashing out comes next.

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A Dad Supreme

RADICAL HEIGHTS’ CLIFFYB POSTS SOME ‘WHAT COULD’VE BEEN’ CONCEPTS

Hey CliffyB, this “could’ve been” my house. I had it all planned out! Anyone else have “could’ve beens”?

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Utakata

“Here’s another one, initially planned for VR, codenamed ‘Rover’ but was shaping up to be ‘DogWalkers’ – DOG stood for Destructive Ordnance (on the) Ground.”

…I guess that idea went to the dogs! O.o

(And here I thought Kern was the one to come up with silly names.)

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Alex Willis

DogWalkers sounds neat, but…I’ve seen this concept bandied about dozens of times. Most frequently in the Spaceship-based “Everybody Crews A Single Station” concept. It’s a great idea, but I have never seen it brought to fruition in any meaningful way.

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Max Sand

There is a star trek VR game that does it. Came out last year. Looks fun.

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Alex Willis

Yes, you’re right. Honestly though, until there’s a TNG version? Pass.

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Max Sand

If they like money they will do TNG. It’s perfect sequel bait.