“I’ve been itching for a while [to create something new]. When we finished Unreal Tournament I wanted to do another game. It’s just a matter of opportunity and figuring things out. So all hands are on Gears right now, in the foreseeable future. But, we’ll see how things go,” said Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski in an interview with IndustryGamers.
In Epic HQ in Raleigh, North Carolina, all focus is on Gears right now, though: “That’s one thing I know about Epic traditionally is if you’re a body in Raleigh, you get sucked into the Gears vortex. That’s why Chair’s able to do Infinity Blade, because they’re in Utah. So that’s one thing that we need to be sure of as a new developer. If we want to do a new Gears game, we need to be sure that we find a way to quarter off people that can work on different stuff. Who knows? We’re just shipping Gears right now,” he said.
When asked if the developer has any new IPs in the works, Bleszinski replied: “We have other things incubating.” So there are definitely hints that we can expect to see new things from Epic, once the Gears 3 brouhaha has died down.
Commenting more specifically on future prospects, Bleszinski had this to say: “What I would like to see moving forward is if we were to make a new IP or a new Gears game, I would like to figure out a way to get some sort of ancillary thing that ties in with mobile that ties in with the game directly. The future of the game is always with you. And those who are the platform holders, such as Sony and Microsoft and Nintendo, hopefully will understand that …to open their mind and have an iPad app that talks to Xbox, that talks to the PlayStation. So then maybe there’s a mini-game that I can do when I’m in the pub… things like that that contribute to the greater good. That’s where things need to go.”
Interestingly, EA boss John Riccitiello talked in similar terms when interviewed recently.