Unreal: Cliff Bleszinski’s dream reboot would be like Skyrim

Monday, 17th September 2012 12:19 GMT By Dave Cook

Unreal has been absent for some time, but Epic Games’ Cliff Bleszinski spooled off his dream check list for an Unreal reboot during a recent Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ session.

The Reddit AMA can be found in full here, in which Bleszinski waxed theoretical about his dream Unreal reboot.

Bleszinski explained, “I was quoted recently on a Fortnite panel about the first Unreal and what a reboot might look like. Having really grown into a big Bethesda fan lately (Skyrim rocked my world) I couldn’t help but wonder what a reboot of Unreal would be like if it was more “SciFi-Rim.”

“Sure, there would be shooting involved,” he continued, “but exploration would almost be more important. Get back to that sense of wonder that the first game had. (Caves and castles and crashed ships are basically your dungeon instances, whereas the “overworld” is less intense.) Put it on a high end PC and prepare yourself for amazing visuals never before seen in real time.”

On Unreal Tournament, Bleszinski mused, “As far as a new UT, it’s hard to say. Shooters and their sequels are a tricky beast. Often you wind up upsetting your core whenever you make a sequel because sometimes you change things the users didn’t want changed, or the users are so very in love with their memory of the original game that there’s nothing you can do to live up to the first game. This happened with Counterstrike: Source, Quake 2, Unreal Tournament 2003, heck, even Halo 2.”

What do you think? Would an open world Unreal game cut the mustard with you, or is Bleszinski right? Would it be impossible for a new Unreal to truly live up to the originals?

Thanks OXM.



  1. CycloneFox

    Oh man, I totally forgot, how Unreal 2′s Aida looked like.^^ That artwork brings back memories.

    I would totally look foreward to a new Unreal. Especially if it’s more for exploration, than just shooing. Unreal 1 was great for it’s atmophere, isolation from the rest of humanity and the exploration of Na Pali.

    I also hope for another UT someday for the PC, as there are no good LAN-games anymore. xD
    But it had to be much like UT’99 or UT2004. UT3 and UT2003 were both very bad, gameplay-wise. (Maybe every second in the series is great)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Ercarret

    OMG, yes! I would love that. It sounds awesome. :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. GwynbleiddiuM

    Yeah cuz all we need is another shallow game from the B-Man.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    @1, Agree with everything you just said.

    UT2004 or UT99 man, i would be all over it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Talkar

    Like i would ever buy anything Cliff is involved in after what he said about pc gaming -.-’

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Hunam

    UT2003 was better than 2004 by miles, mostly because it didn’t have crappy vehicles. But that’s arguing over preference. UT3 sucked though and I think most UT fans can agree on that :P

    #6 2 years ago
  7. zinc

    Armour clad space Vikings armed with mini-guns? Make it so, Cliffy :-)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. roadkill

    @3 Exactly!

    @5 And let’s not forget about his day 1 DLC policy. He loves it! F**king douche-bag.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Hraldror

    A borderlands with Unreal artstyle and Gameplay sounds intressting, espacially with the new engine comin up.
    Could be something the most of us expected from Rage.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Omelette

    @talkar come on. He’s not bad.

    @roadkill why are you so mad?
    You don’t know more than me how it is to be a gaming studio. You can’t fund development for their engine without money, and that’s one way they do that.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. dsr

    Just don’t forget to give us proper modding tools.

    You can shove your “game” elsewhere, thank you. One ruined game series was enough(UT).

    #11 2 years ago

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