Cliff Bleszinski took to Reddit last night to show off the first piece of concept art for his latest gaming endeavour Bluestreak.
The image, which you can check out below, shows a group of three men outfitted with backpacks and guns against the backdrop of the famed Hollywood sign and an electrical storm overtop the city.
This comes as part of a Reddit AMA that Bleszinski took part in, answering questions about his decision to partner with publisher Nexon and an idea of what to expect from the free-to-play release.
"Anyone can just jump in and play your darned game," Bleszinski wrote, in response to questions of how the studio is handling this free-to-play system. He also noted that Bluestreak will be entirely skill-based. "I'm DETERMINED to not do Pay To Win. Since this game is a shooter I want that one player who likes the game and doesn't feel like spending any money to be able to take down the trust fund kid that's spent a ton of money to have All The Stuff."
Bleszinski adds that he was initially skeptical of partnering with Nexon before speaking with a number of Western companies who are currently working alongside them.
"When Nexon came calling I laughed. 'The f****** Maple Story guys?!'" the Gears developer said. "And then I met Min Kim, president of Nexon US. And then Owen Mahoney, who runs all of Nexon. And I saw the direction they were going - Brian Reynold's new game, Robotaki's one, Splash Damage etc... and I spoke with all of these western devs who are working with them.
Bleszinski added that the recently revealed game studio, Boss Key, currently features about a dozen staff members, including former employees from Epic, Ubisoft and Activision. "Goal is 15-20 folks for the first year," he wrote, adding that the studio aims to "find the fun first" before eventually growing the team to 60-70 with "tons of outsourcing."
Bluestreak, which is being described as a free-to-play science fiction shooter, currently in development for Windows PC. Bleszinski had been hinting for a week he had news to share of his next game project. This news is not so much of a shocker; in December, he said he wanted to make a first-person arena shooter. "It will be a PC experience that will hearken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on, if you know what I'm saying," he told the podcast Pointless.