In case the hardcore gamers out there are going into gore-withdrawal in the holiday season, Epic Games' main man Cliff Bleszinski has some good news. Aside from Gears of War 3 and Bulletstorm, fans will soon have another project to look forward to, as Cliffy B revealed in an interview in the latest issue of EGM that the developer is currently beginning production on an entirely new IP of his own creation. No specifics were given, but the man placed in charge may mean that the game will depart from Epic's standard fare.
The idea for the game was mostly formed by Bleszinski, but Eric Holmes, the lead designer of the third-person open-world game Prototype has since taken over control of the development. Cliff concedes that while he may have given birth to the idea, Holmes has since taken the game in his own direction.
Some fans out there may have spent a few hours daydreaming about what kind of game would result from the marrying of Gears of War's gore and attitude with Prototype's inventive traversal system, and apparently they weren't alone. Bleszinski wouldn't shed any light on how the game is being shaped, but did state that the first looks would be coming in early 2011, instructing fans to keep their "eyes peeled at GDC."
While the Game Developers Conference doesn't come around until the end of February, Cliff made it clear that even though the studio has had massive success with their own tried-and-true games, as well as licensing the Unreal Engine, new and interesting ideas are as important as ever:
"I believe game designers are the Stan Lees and Jack Kirbys of our day, and we're creating these universes that leave a huge impact on people. Gamers votes with their dollars and they often like established IP, but those IPs came from somewhere, right? Call of Duty was crafted by the original Medal of Honor guys. Gears of War was crafted by the original Unreal Tournament guy. I look forward to creating what's next."
These words would suggest that fans might be in for a very new experience, or at the very least something out of the ordinary for Epic. The creative team has definitely found their niche with an attitude-heavy, gritty and violent catalog of games. The first looks at Bulletstorm show that their GoW framework has been injected with a bit more humor, so who knows what kind of game would result from a large influx of creativity in gameplay? It would seem from Epic's incentives for GoW3 that the team is looking to build on their previous success even as they expand into new territories, so 2011 could be a record year for the company.
Prototype was a fun game that had a lot going for it, with its fans obviously hoping that the game's positives will be expanded upon with the upcoming sequel. No matter how that game turns out, fans can look forward to another title shaped by Holmes and delivered by a reputable development team.
It's impossible to know what kind of ideas float around Blezsinski's head, but what kind of game do you think will result from this unexpected alliance? Would you like to see Epic's standard approach to games brought into a new genre, or an entirely new concept?
We'll keep you posted for any more details on the as-yet-untitled project from Epic Games as they arise.