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Cliff Bleszinski's next game will unite developers and players

Cliff Bleszinski wants to make his next game a Windows PC title because that platform is "where the community is," he said in an interview with Gamasutra.

Bleszinski, who left Epic Games in October 2012 after two decades with the company, said last December that he's planning to develop a first-person arena shooter on PC as his next game. He told Gamasutra that he's not interested in the usual big-budget AAA model of making games — "the whole 'old guard,' where you get a Game Informer cover and an E3 reveal, is dead," he said — and is instead looking to PC because it's a space that facilitates interactions between developers and players.

"PC is where I'm going to wind up. That's where the community is," said Bleszinski. "The trend will always be the core. If I start a studio, I want a community manager there day one. I want weekly video or podcasts; I want task lists available on the subreddit."

Bleszinski said he and his wife are currently playing a lot of Rust, the open-world survival title from Facepunch Studios that's currently available on Steam Early Access, because it's the type of game that satisfies the following criteria: "Your game is as good as how many YouTube videos it can yield." Rust is a bare-bones experience at this point when it comes to tutorials, but Bleszinski believes that if you can design an interesting game, that doesn't matter — the community will take care of the rest.

"Get the game out there and build it," he said. "Some kid will put out a video. Players will teach each other. You don't need the 'press A to jump.'"

For more on Bleszinski's career, check out our feature on the history of Epic Games.

Disclosure: Cliff Bleszinski's brother, Tyler Bleszinski, is the founder of Polygon sister site and Vox Media progenitor SB Nation.

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