Epic Games Design Director Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski is currently best known for the Gears Of War series, but according to comments made at E3, he's spoiling for the opportunity to create something new once the third Gears title hits the shelves. Not only that, but Epic are planning to aggressively engage with the mobile market. We have the full quotes below.
Speaking to IndustryGamers, Bleszinski stated that he's "itching" to design a new IP once Gears Of War 3 development has concluded.
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.
We have other things incubating.
Epic have previously stated that Gears Of War 3 won't herald the end of the franchise, but as far as new IPs go, it's likely that Bleszinski will explore both the casual and social markets - capitalising on the success of Chair's Unreal-powered Infinity Blade as well as getting involved with the one-dollar games that are apparently "killing" their triple-A income (according to Epic President Mike Capps, that is). Regardless of the angle, Bleszinski is keen to ensure that their next title ships with an "ancillary" mobile experience that ties into the game itself.
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.
Lionhead (in)famously made use of cross-platform functionality with the likes of Coin Golf and Kingmaker... so it will be interesting to see whether Epic follow the same tack. [IndustryGamers]