Cliffy B now states he might return to game development after all

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Cliffy B now states he might return to game development after all

In November of 2018, Cliff Bleszinski (or “Cliffy B” if you prefer) stated that he was never making another game ever again, for real, never. Many people responded to this by posting that bit from The Cabin in the Woods with the enthusiastic, “The evil has been defeated!” Especially people who had dealt with the launch and fizzle of LawBreakers followed by the even quicker launch and fizzle of Radical Heights. And yet now… Bleszinski has stated that maybe, maybe, he’ll go back and make another game.

Of course, perhaps Mr. Bleszinski has matured and grown since those halcyon days. Yes, this was the time when he first stated that he was going to try to be “less of a dick” in online interviews before stating that he thought gaming journalists could “fuck off,” but we might attribute all of that to stress and a difficult working environment. Surely there have been no more ill-considered comments this year, like his claiming that LawBreakers failed due to being “too woke” back in February. You know, that story in which we declared the death of the English language.

Also, he would like to remind you to please buy his book either way. Awesome.

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James Crow

people can say what they want but this guy gave us few of the greatest games in video game history.

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Unreal Tournament

and yes for me LawBreakers was better than the other arena shooters at the time, the problem was they aiming at OW users by saying its the same but it was more like 4v4 Unreal tournament with classes.
at those times every game that aims against OW was kind of dead at launch, thats include Gigantic & BattleBorn games that also wasnt the same as OW but people said they are.

also, Cliffy already tweets few months ago that he would glad to be part of Gears 6 if microsoft would want him.

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Box

He should hire a publicist so someone can stop all the oral diarrhea that comes out of his mouth and actively vents all his social media because christ does some of the things he post just scream this.

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David Goodman

“Cliffy B” reminds me of the kind of guy who wears his cap backwards, but when he turns around, it’s STILL backwards.

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Grimalkin

This guy, along with Derek Smart, is one of my favourite sources of entertainment.

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John Kiser

So while Cliffy B had a young and meteoric rise in the gaming industry at a young age he was and is quite full of himself. He doesn’t want to simply admit fault in anything and it quite readily shows.

Lawbreakers didn’t fail because it was “too woke”. It failed because the work for balance wasn’t actually put into the game. Once the very basic novelty wore off people realized it wasn’t that great a game and was an unbalanced disaster. That novelty wore off fast enough that I ended up flat out refunding it on steam.

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Bryan Correll

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federicobeiz

Surprising absolutely nobody lol. I remember seeing memes that predicted this like an hour after he announced his “retirement”. He’s quite the character, but not necessarily a bad designer.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

remember when he patted himself on the back more in the farewell letter than he did his staff?

no thanks to any of my money going to another of his games. his style of self aggrandizement is a relic of the past.

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Sorenthaz

Looking back at the ‘woke’ article, that seems like a pretty ridiculous strawman of what he said followed by overreaction/outrage to the strawman.

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“One big epiphany I had was that I pushed my own personal political beliefs in a world that was increasingly divided.

“Instead of the story being ‘this game looks neat’ it became “this is the game with the ‘woke bro’ trying to push his hackey politics on us with gender neutral bathrooms.’ Instead of ‘these characters seem fun’ it was ‘this is the studio with the CEO who refuses to make his female characters sexier.’ Instead of ‘who am I going to choose’ it became “white dude shoehorns diversity in his game and then smells his own smug farts in interviews’ instead of just letting the product … speak for itself.

“It’s okay to be political when your company or studio is established for great product FIRST. But we were unproven and I regret doing it. (This will be quite the doozy of a chapter in the upcoming memoir.)”

His argument was ultimately that he felt like he was trying to inject his political views into it too hard instead of just letting the gameplay speak for itself. Also his reputation for catering to the dudebro crowd didn’t help either.

Still, he was making bad excuses for making an objectively bad game that had no traction/momentum. Trying to release that game for $30 and then do the Overwatch lootbox model was not going to work. The game needed to be either F2P or significantly cheaper as an entry price.

I don’t think calling it quits on game development entirely was a very good reaction to stuff. Radical Heights did have a nice little community and there were some cool folks working on it. But it’s the type of game you make as a pet project/labor of love AFTER getting a big successful game in the bag.

In general Cliff just didn’t seem to have a good grasp on the gaming market and jumped on the team shooter train like other studios did without realizing that it’s not as big of a market as folks thought. Overwatch/Paladins ended up being the notable two who sucked up a majority of what pie remained – OW getting the B2P crowd, Paladins getting the F2P.

Dude comes off as an a-hole who’s a PR disaster, sure, but if he puts out a good game worth checking it out I’ll probably give it a try.

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Bruno Brito

that seems like a pretty ridiculous strawman of what he said followed by overreaction/outrage to the strawman.

Eh. If you say idiotic stuff publicly and behave like an self-important prick, expect to be called one and made fun of.

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Sorenthaz

Still it’s selective reading and emotional tunneling.

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Utakata

It was the words he chose and the bed he made.

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Bruno Brito

It really wasn’t. He made that bed, he gets to sleep on it.

Or how my mom likes to say: “If you can’t endure the game, don’t come down to play”.

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Utakata

What if I told you that wasn’t a strawman? o.O

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cursedseishi

He learned that writing some mary-sue self-insert ‘autobiography’ doesn’t get him any attention. And really, if nobody isn’t talking about you or complimenting your chainsawgun or praising your generic-arse-generic bullcrap game…? What even is the point of living?

So of course he’s ‘thinking about making games’, again. And of course he references games mostly from before he opened his mouth as if it’s some revelatory show of shock. It isn’t as though indies haven’t found success since Minecraft’s alpha/beta release or the like.

Again, it’s just some crack-addicted old attention-starved diva who got far too attached to the limelight back when showing some ankle was enough to give men ‘The Vapours’…

Except by crack it’s just… attention, he’s really addicted to people acknowledging him. And by… ‘attention-starved diva etc.,etc.’ I mean… well, attention-starved diva who got far too attached to the limelight. And… showing some ankles in gaming industry time was like the first Gears of War where he peaked and immediately started to fall out of relevance.

If anything? That gamingbiz article proves he doesn’t deserve ANY attention still. He still doesn’t get why Lawbreakers failed, he doesn’t get why Radical Heights wasn’t as ‘radical’ as he thinks. The man hasn’t learned a single thing in several years. I mean hell, he’s still pinning the blame on others in it!

I know it is literally impossible, but… games media in general just needs to… not talk about him. Don’t feed the troll. Plus, I’m sure that’ll shorten his book a good several chapters as he invests a chapter for every news site that spoke negatively of him and how it impacted him;

‘like… rain off my Lamborghini’s tinted windshield and staining my leather seats, I had tears. I made crying, harder than ever. I suffered worst than any one person or group in history ever. F*** you, fight me.’