CliffyB’s new studio hired Guerrilla Games co-founder – report

Monday, 7th July 2014 12:06 GMT By Dave Cook

Cliff Bleszinski’s new studio Boss Key Productions will unveil its first game this week, and reports suggest the firm has just signed Guerrilla Games co-founder Arjan Brussee as COO.


We reported on Bleszinski’s reveal countdown and the new Boss Key site last week. Hit the cut to check out all the details.

Reports of Brussee’s hiring come from documents obtained by Polygon – specifically Boss Key’s certificate of authority – lists Brussee as its COO and Bleszinski as CEO.

At the time of writing, Brussee’s LinkedIn profile lists him as executive producer at Battlefield: Hardline studio Visceral Games. It’s possible he hasn’t revealed his departure yet, but take this with a grain of salt for now.

We should know more this week. Are you excited to see what Blesinski has been teasing all this time?

Via CVG.



  1. TheWulf

    I’m interested. It honestly seems like he’s gone through a few phases.

    - At the beginning, he was small time, and making games he was passionate about. His own games.

    - Then he was still small time, and making games back when gaming was a smaller business. He was programming Unreal Tournament, which he enjoyed because it was a title he could get behind. It was hands-on work for him.

    - He gets caught up in all the money and money and money and money and steps back, becoming more of a figurehead than anything else because money. He sacrifices his dignity for money, embraces being a figurehead fully, gets angry about his CliffyB moniker as it reminds him of a better time.

    - Money money money.

    - Has a mid-life crisis, questions whether the money is worth his actual happiness doing something he’d actually care about. Feels bad about the passionate fans he left behind when chasing the dude-bro audiences, and all the things he’d said in the pursuit of money.

    - Leaves Epic, forms a new company to create something he’s passionate about, to get back in touch with his fans and recapture the glory days. Money is now less important than that.

    Sooo… yeah. I’m really, really interested.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. OmegaSlayer

    You forgot the period in which he was interested in porn but didn’t like to watch **** pr***pse, as he said on twitter

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Talkar

    @TheWulf You missed the part where he basically said “Screw you” to all PC gamers, only to do a bigass u-turn mere weeks afterwards.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Hirmetrium

    I gotta say Cliffy B strikes me as the arsehole of the video games industry. He thinks his opinion is law and his word gospel.

    It couldn’t be further from the truth – hes massively anti-consumer and just doesn’t want to understand the reasons behind piracy, or the idea of making a product worth a gamer’s time. He’s content to say hes pushing boundaries when he makes a game like Gears of War, when in fact its probably caused a massive rut in video game development (cover based shooters no dominate the industry, for better or worse).

    Never have I seen somebody sprout so much crap that I’ve disagreed with, and he’s happy to shout down those that disagree with him, no questions.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Erthazus

    @Hirmetrium He also made Unreal tournament which is the best multiplayer FPS to date

    #5 6 months ago
  6. Hirmetrium

    @Erthazus No, that would be Quake. And the quake team is all but dead. Unreal is a game which he didn’t personally make 100%, it was made by a team which he was an integral part of. No doubt his team-members tempered some of his more hamhanded approaches.

    But still, hes a designer, not a publisher and not a PR guy. His opinions are still wildly unpopular.

    #6 6 months ago
  7. The_Red

    Then their title better be a proper game and not some F2P or tablet crap.
    (Proper = anything from small downloadable game to AAA game that is NOT free 2 play or made for 1$ table games market)

    #7 6 months ago
  8. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Since the Gears of War series was so incredibly awesome, yeah I’m definitely interested in seeing what this guys been working on. Like the company name too, can’t help think perhaps it’s Zelda inspired

    #8 6 months ago
  9. bardo

    All I know is:
    If this results in more Shadow Complex, I’m in.

    #9 6 months ago
  10. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Shadow Complex sequel? I’m DEFINITELY IN

    #10 6 months ago

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