Cliff Bleszinski praises Sony for 'really embracing' indie movement, calls out Microsoft 'nightmare'

by Kyle Prahl

The name Cliffy B doesn't exactly conjure reverent images for PlayStation diehards. After all, the guy is responsible for creating one of Microsoft's biggest franchises--Gears of War--and was an influential figurehead at Epic Games, a studio whose Unreal Engine 3 was notoriously lackluster during PS3's early years.

But now that Cliff Bleszinski has left Epic Games in pursuit of other career avenues, he's free to speak candidly about the industry he's grown alongside for 20 years. In an interview with Engadget, he had some choice words to share about Microsoft's treatment of indie developers and how Sony is doing it better. "I have a very good relationship with Microsoft, but [there are] a lot of TCRs you'd have to go through," he explained. ". . . all the stuff you'd have to go through to get your game on Xbox Live Arcade, or even issue updates on; it was a nightmare."

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Abash1260d ago

I love how the PlayStation brand is now being as good to developers as it has been to the gamers all these years. Definitely what the industry needs

TrevorPhillips1260d ago

I am truly happy that Sony has taken a big leap this year with their next gen system and made life easier for the developers to create games and all. They've not only made the developers happy, but us too. Thank you Sony for all the changes you guys have brought especially the new features. Hope that made sense haha :)

abzdine1260d ago

i always thought Sony was doing everything for gamers, now they're taking things to another level!

I have never been so excited for an E3 in my life!

Greatness Awaits!

aCasualGamer1260d ago (Edited 1260d ago )

I think it's great that this time around, Sony is getting good hype before launch. Remember PS3 and the days of "doom" articles on every gaming website. Really glad Sony is getting the hype and coverage they deserve.

They made some bad choices here and there but they never gave up on PS3 and the gamers, that says alot from a company that took losses for every console sold. It means they don't necessarily think "money money money", they think strategically and they follow the tradition of having a great customer relationship.

thechosenone1260d ago (Edited 1260d ago )

"Cliff Bleszinski praises Sony"

my reaction to reading the headline

TechnicianTed1260d ago (Edited 1260d ago )

Sony is the best of all time. No one is as good as Sony. They're so great.

High Five to all the Sony lovers, let's slap each other on the back for a job well done.

When Cliff Bleszinski praises your console, it really means something. I'm not sure what, but it means something!

Go A squad!

miyamoto1260d ago

maybe he remembered when he was starting as a small just a no-name start up game designer and Sony has made it easier for indie game devs at these hard times

TechnicianTed1260d ago (Edited 1260d ago )


Yeah, you nailed it. He must have got out of his high powered sports car, and remembered when he was struggling, and thought how Sony were the only ones helping out indie devs.

That must be it. You nailed it right there.

BOLO1259d ago


Wow the Xbot troll patrol is strong on this one. Is it Sony's fault they only have gotten POSITIVE press since the PS4 unveiling as opposed to M$FT's "always on" fiasco?

BattleAxe1259d ago

Sony only does everything!

Play B3yond
Greatness Awaits
It Only Does Everything
Make Believe
Live In Your World. Play In Ours
PSP Hellz Yeah
This is Living
Long Live Play
The World is in Play

Looks like Cliffy B is "Jumping Out".

Psn8001259d ago

By saying that you know you'll get plenty of agree's , agree yeah .

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Bigpappy1260d ago

Those lazy developers were not welcome on PlayStation 3. But now the PS4 is more like 360 everyone is welcome and Sony deserves all credit for reaching out. The cell was never a problem, it was just that these lazy developers did not know how to code. Now Sony fells sorry for them and decided to dumb down the PS4 to their level. I hope their appreciate how much Sony is doing for them to get their crap games on the great PlayStation brand.

Imalwaysright1260d ago (Edited 1260d ago )

You getting more agrees than disagrees, means that PS fanboys didn't understood what you said. Bring on the crap games from them lazy devs to the PS4!!

Mustang300C20121260d ago

So where is your game at and please don't hold back on the details that went into making your game since all these developers are lazy. You are doing it better than they are so please enlighten us.

Donnieboi1260d ago (Edited 1260d ago )

Cliffy's been kissing a lot of butt lately. Yeah, what he is saying about Sony is true, but everyone already knows that Indies have been happy with Sony already. It's been 3 years of Sony working with indies, and Cliffy only NOW notices?

So what, he gets brownie points for taking 3 years to finally acknowledge the obvious?

He must still be looking for work. He's been kissing EA's (even claiming microtransactions and day 1 dlc is okay -_-), Nintendo's, Kojima's, and now Sony's butt. Am I missing any other companies?

Septic1259d ago

You say I comment on his articles a lot but you're doing the same thing except recycling the same ill-informed statements as everyone else.

This headline is is misleading and PSU has taken what he said completely out of context but hardly anyone here had the integrity to even recognise that.

nosferatuzodd1259d ago (Edited 1259d ago )

Gotta love Sony

Zodd the immortal said yess we do cant stand greedy microsuck

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Majin-vegeta1260d ago

Go Sony!

-"Greatness Awaits"-

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TXIDarkAvenger1260d ago

Referring Sony to the side that loses.

Godmars2901260d ago (Edited 1260d ago )

MS does seem to take the quicker, easier and more seductive path.

CEOSteveBallmer1259d ago

I don't see sony as the darkside. But being in the darkside is cool enough just like how cool darth vader is.