Gears 2: Josh Ortega is a “force of nature,” says Bleszinski

Monday, 29 September 2008 16:56 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Gears of War 2 writer Josh Ortega is a “force of nature,” according to dev lead Cliff Bleszinski, who’s fresh perspective has lent the project’s narrative a needed boost.

“He’s a force of nature, and he knew when to pick his battles and what things to push for, and I think it’s that kind of system of checks and balances that ultimately yields the best product, especially with the narrative,” said Bleszinski, speaking at a recent Gears of War 2 event in London.

Ortega took over the game’s plot from Susan O’Connor, who penned the first title.

“I think sometimes having a bit of a fresh perspective – you know, Susan O’Connor is an excellent writer – but I think bringing in a new writer for Gears 2 helped a lot, to have a new angle on existing characters, which is what Josh brought to the table,” Bleszinski added.

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