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Bleszinski won’t do what Curt Schilling did and “throw 300 bodies at it”

Thursday, 24th January 2013 23:56 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski has said that even given freedom from financial constraints to build his dream game, he wouldn’t just open a huge development studio and go in guns blazing.

“I would want to get back to the triple-A space eventually, but the last thing I would want to do – and no offense meant to Curt Schilling [38 Studios] and John Romero [Ion Storm] – is to do what those guys did. ‘Let’s throw 300 bodies at it! Sure, we’ll just make it work!’” Bleszinski told VentureBeat when asked about the possibility of founding his own development team.

“That’s the equivalent of taking a garage band and having them play Wembley Stadium on day one. You have to learn how to work with people. You find that some people don’t work out and then you get a new drummer, so to speak. You iterate, and you find the voice of the team. It’s very similar to building a sports club or building a rock band.”

Both 38 Studios and Ion Storm went broke, the latter despite producing several critically-acclaimed games and housing some of the most respected talent in the industry.

Thanks to his financial success so far, Bleszinski is “semi-retired” and has time to think about what he wants to do next rather than run off to a new employer. In fact, he could even begin forging the heart of his super team.

“What I can afford to do is get a small team of contractors on board and start iterating on a few things here and there,” he admitted.

“Even if I had a publisher tomorrow who said, “Hey, Cliff, here’s $50 million dollars; go make your dream game,” I’d still only ramp up with a handful of people. I’d prototype defined goals and a number of assumptions that I thought would be cool as far as what kind of game I’d want to make.

“Only until I had something that was actually playable. Then, once you have that goal, you start dumping amazing talent onto it. Then you start ramping up quickly. But before you do that, if you have a full team, you’re just wasting money.”

But a team would have to happen eventually, if Bleszinski is to return to the triple-A sphere he likes so much.

“I’m a pretty smart designer who has a good sense and a good track record, but unless I’m surrounding myself with my Avengers, I’m useless,” he said.

“I would need a ninja producer. I would need a ninja president for the company. I’d need a ninja lead programmer. All these people who would help supplement what I would want to do. Building that team would not be easy.”

Bleszinski has been wooed by a number of companies, and said elsewhere in the interview that he’s not sure he wants the responsibility of employees.

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9 Comments

  1. Judicas

    Dude is having a hard time getting hired I see, talk talk talk is all I hear from him. Get a job.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    @1

    He doesn’t need to. Even now he gets paid in royalties from the game he has developed. Someone is just jealous.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Telepathic.Geometry

    @2: Really? Fuckin’ sweet…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Edo

    Kicking someone while they are down…and who else “likes” those “no offense but..”?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Samoan Spider

    Yeah, this guy isn’t troubled by things like work and pay like the rest of us. He has what a lot of us would want and that’s time and money to really step back and take our time with things. Fair play to him and good luck in any endeavour he commits to.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. manamana

    Okay, he has time and money now. Fine. Anything new? It’s not that what he says are big news. And like Edo said, pissing on Schilling and Romeros efforts doesn’t help making him more sympathic either. So, no big games from him for the next couple of years, I resume.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. orakaa

    Don’t think he’s pissing on Schilling and Romero: he’s just stating that having this kind of process (start off with huge assets) is dangerous.

    In no way did he said “I would have done better than them”. Totally opposite: he’s saying he wouldn’t do that because that doesn’t work, generally speaking, and he includes himself in this statement.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. roadkill

    Well why would anyone give him money to make video games!? He knows nothing about this business.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. manamana

    @7 I know what he tries to say. But he didn’t say it that polite, did he? “throwing 300 bodies” is fucking disrespectful to companies that lost it all and therefore he pisses.

    Edit: he can talk all day. If he didn’t have a company, he’s just a rich guy with much time to talk. Maybe he will write an autobiography, seeing that he is so in love with himself…

    #9 2 years ago

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