You know what? Deathsquad’s podcast with Cliff Bleszinski is really, really interesting. First and foremost, that podcast revealed some of the new features of Bleszinski’s upcoming title. Secondly, in that podcast Bleszinski claimed that Xbox One and PS4 are nothing impressive (as they are more of the same) compared to Oculus Rift. And finally, Bleszinski threw his glove at Epic Games, claiming that there was constantly somebody who doubted Bleszinski’s ideas.
As Bleszinski said when he was asked about his departure from Epic Games and whether he was burned out from the industry or from someone breathing down his neck:
“Oh, what’s a good way of putting it… um, but NDAs are not dead. My way of putting this. I was, I was very like burned out after twenty years, you know. I sold a bunch of stock. I had a nice windfall. And for each person that believed in my ideas at Epic there was somebody who doubted just as much.”
Later on, Bleszinski revealed that he wouldn’t go back to Epic Games (although it’s a positive environment nowadays as he said) and that ‘the amount of “I don’t buy” you get when you pitch an idea it wears you down.’
If we are to read behind lines, we can safely say that Bleszinski wanted to create something different than Gears of War, yet his supervisors did not let him create what he had in mind. Which is precisely why Bleszinski left Epic Games.
Ironically, PC gamers have been asking for a new Unreal Tournament title or a different game than Gears of War these past years. And while Epic is working on Fortnite, we strongly get that feeling that Fortnite is basically a result of Minecraft’s success. We strongly believe that Epic would not be developing such a title if it wasn’t for Minecraft, which is why we were disappointed when we heard that its PC exclusive title – back in April 2012 – was no other than Fortnite.
We strongly suggest listening to that podcast, even if you hate Bleszinski. Yes yes, Cliff called all PC gamers pirates and we are not forgetting that statement, however this podcast will give you an idea of what it’s like to work on such a big company like Epic Games.
Oh and Cliff… we’re still waiting for an apology about that ‘PC gamers are pirates’ statement!