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Submitted by OliverKO 705d ago | news

Cliff Bleszinski gets an offer he can refuse... from Ubisoft

El33tonline writes:

"Sure, it’s a little gauche writing about the internet and Twitter ‘leavings’ of videogame luminaries, but this one is potentially very exciting…

After departing Epic Games in October this year, Cliff Bleszinski has been touring around the US with his wife, while visiting other game developers and making stops at places like Disneyland.

What’s news from Mr. Bleszinski today? He’s just received a phone from Ubisoft… or, maybe Ubisoft…" (Cliff Bleszinski, Culture)

LX-General-Kaos  +   705d ago
It would be interesting if he were employed by Ubisoft.

@snookies sorry for the edit..

The title said "can refuse" so I got confused. Maybe it was a typo but then again maybe it wasnt.
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Snookies12  +   705d ago
If you'd said that back during the time of Unreal Tournament 2004. I would have agreed wholeheartedly. These days though? Not so much...
OliverKO  +   705d ago
It was intentional - Bleszinski doesn't have to take up any positions anywhere for the foreseeable future and may even want to start his own studio. He might consider an offer from Ubisoft, but he can certainly refuse it ;)
LX-General-Kaos  +   705d ago
fair enough
DA_SHREDDER  +   705d ago
I don't think he has the talent to bring anything better than the crap he's put out before.
Freak of Nature  +   705d ago
Interesting if it were Gears of Ray man or Prince of Gears...Seems to be treated like a free agent in sports. Perhaps watch dogs is something they have in mind? But it's probably something all new, I cannot see him being brought in to step on the toes of other already established in developement games.

Perhaps his own game with UBISOFT backing it?
Welshy  +   705d ago
Yes, he clearly has some talent and won millions of fans and popularity over a short space of time after Gears Of War 1.

But the thing that gets me, everyone talks about Epic games titles and immediately pin all the credit to Cliff, it's hugely unfair to the rest of the team who cumulatively will have put in substantially more than he did personally.

I think his shooting to fame and media reporting every statement he ever makes has gone straight to his head, sure he optimised the Unreal engine really well for "older" tech, but from a creativity and originality stand point, i don't think he could run his own studio and do anything significant we haven't seen before.

He could make a studio and blow us all away for all we really know, but i just don't think it's in him to leave a massive mark like Konami or (early) Capcom.
Roccetarius  +   705d ago
Everyone talks about Cliffy because he was the face of Epic games. He could also do a much better job on stage than a lot of other industry people.
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razrye  +   704d ago
bubble sir. very well said. about time other ppl got credit.
dragonrage00  +   704d ago
Its all self marketing. His looks, his statements, his appearences... All of that made him stand out as a well known developer, but you cant deny the guy has talent. Itagaki did the exact same thing before him.
What's as3? o_o
RedSoakedSponge  +   704d ago
Rated E for Everyone
DarkEGKILLA  +   704d ago
That's so Metta
EyesAblaze  +   704d ago
Indeed it would. Wonder where he'll end up on their totem pole.
CommonSense  +   704d ago
It's really just a stupid title.
PS-ADDICT  +   705d ago
Gears Creed:Assasins of War, Just Cause 3 maby has his bulletstorm ultra bright Scenery and Over the top Characters.. what else does ubi make Hitman? i always thought Ubi Made Tomb Raider and FarCry.... his style would fit in with Far Cry also, I only really like The Way Epic Designs Vehicles, and the smoothness of UT3 and that NUDE chick mod on my PS3 , and it was cool playing Blood Gulch with masterchief on my PS3, friends minds were blown
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JellyJelly  +   704d ago
What you just did to your keyboard - promise me you'll never do that again.
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Nutsack  +   705d ago
It is a BlackBerry. The company that isn't important anymore, which is gonna go bankrupt somewhere in 2013.

They clearly don't like you enough Cliff...
Nakiro  +   705d ago
I guess you haven't been keeping up with the news. BlackBerry isn't going anywhere any time soon.
Gohadouken  +   705d ago
Based on what ? Their big hitters keep selling better and better . Seems more like a wish than anything
Unztayble  +   705d ago
companies are interested in him. wonder what ubisoft would have him work on.
e-p-ayeaH  +   705d ago
Improving Watch Dogs shooting mechanics maybe?
bubblebeam  +   705d ago
@ e-p-ayeaH

What exactly does Cliffy B do? I'm being legit.

He seems to get quite a lot of hate, yet I still don't know exactly what it is he does. Lead Designer? What is that? In terms of involvement with the Gears franchise?

If he had anything to do with the smoothness of Gears gameplay, then hell yeah hire him for watch dogs.
Tomonobu Itagaki  +   704d ago
@bubblebeam
To explain this simply, just imagine the lead designer as the one that tells the design team(s) what they have to do. The lead designer thinks about what to do, and the design team conceive what the lead designer want. He only gives the direction to take.

I don't know how much Cliffy is involved in the design of Gears of War series, but we can guess he asked the designers to incorporate the cover system, the chainsaw battles, etc... So he basically is behind the ideas of the gameplay mechanics.
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ThanatosDMC  +   704d ago
Watch the Fortnite video all he does is scream "double kill", "triple kill", etc.

Which kind of ruined my expectations since i didnt want it to be a pure shooter.
Summons75  +   705d ago
I can see it now..... Assassins creed now featuring hidden chainsaw.
ziggurcat  +   704d ago
he'd just turn it into an uber macho cover shooter :(
razrye  +   704d ago
make it so lol gagnam style lol
ado908  +   705d ago
He better not touch my Assassin's creed
andibandit  +   705d ago
he's working on

Assassins May Cry: Revelations of the Brotherhood
ado908  +   705d ago
Just great.....
Neo Nugget  +   704d ago
Not gonna lie.

That made me chuckle ^^
nepdyse  +   705d ago
"Good morning, Mr. Bleszinski. The job, should you choose to accept it is to make a game unlike any other, a team of highly capable developers have been assigned as your team. Failure to do so and the secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions. This phone will self-destruct in five seconds."
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Stoppokingme  +   705d ago
What a creepy way to get someone's attention,I think the guys at Ubisoft have been watching too many spy movies.

Just call the guy. The worst he can say is no.

As long as he gets his own IP to tinker with. He shouldn't be screwing with well established titles (i.e assassins creed, far cry etc) i don't want to be chainsawing a demonic unicorn in Far Cry 4.
mixelon  +   704d ago
"I don't want to be chainsawing a demonic unicorn in Far Cry 4." - lol wow.. I do!
MYSTERIO360  +   705d ago
If hes does get hired from Ubi i hope he gets started on his own IP. Don't want him turning ghost recon/splinter cell into GOW series.
GraveLord  +   705d ago
"Now what indeed. Is Ubisoft trying to lure Cliff Bleszinski into the publisher’s fold?"

They're offering him a job. Ubisoft is a great publisher. Pretty successful too and is only growing.
sypher  +   705d ago
I was under the impression Ubisoft don't like to recruit non-french speaking employees, just purely because they fit with the companies ethos better.

And you can tell Cliff is using his twitter as a bargaining chip. Playing all the companies off against each other so he gets some kind of astronomical fee ;)
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MasterD919  +   704d ago
I think Ubisoft would benefit greatly from Cliff coming in. I'd love to see that happen.
Relientk77  +   704d ago
It sounds like some 007 James Bond stuff. You'll get a package with a phone, you'll know what to do from there.
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kesvalk  +   704d ago
i dunno why Cliff get so much hate, he did a very good job in Unreal Tournament, some great maps are credited to him too.

he is a all around great designer, can't vouch for him in the history department, but in gameplay and stage design he is very good.

and wasn't Gear that redefined the TPS genre? you guys can say what you will, but the cover system, when not abused, is very good.
BLAKHOODe  +   704d ago
What gamers don't get about Bleszinski and why companies want him working for them is that he's the most recognizable face of the industry. He's a public relations dream come true. Love him or hate him, people know who he is and pay attention to whatever it is he's doing.
DevilRebellion  +   704d ago
Cliff Bleszinski + Ubisoft? This should be good :P
Wonder if it was really Unisoft, though.
mixelon  +   704d ago
In some alternate timeline.. Cliffy B and Jade Raymond would have really irritating children.
Skizelli  +   704d ago
And N4G wouldn't have trolls.

Who am I kidding? N4G would still have trolls.
Sevir  +   704d ago
Sony Shoudl Hire him and have him assemble of team of Top Sony PS engineers
and have them start working on a new PS4/Vita scalable engine that would help benefit Teams looking to transition from PS3 to PS4 under sony's stable ease into development faster! with his expertise in middleware development he'd do well under Sony's stable or MS for that matter, but they already work with Epic a great deal. so i'm sure the Next Xbox will run the next Version of Unreal well
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Soldierone  +   704d ago
Ubisoft games are getting real good again, don't really want him in the mix. I rather see where they go, and keep innovating and staying away from the standard action game....

Last thing we need is Rainbow Six with huge arms and big pushed out chests....lol
Drainage  +   704d ago
ugh , out of all the places, why ubisoft. Please go somewhere else. What, youre gonna do Ghost Recon gears edition
Kos-Mos  +   704d ago
Mediocre developers should join mediocre publishers.
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