There are few people in the video game industry as colourful as ol’ Cliff Bleszinski. He’s made some of the most loved games in history, and at the same time said and done a few things that raised some eyebrows. But it would seem he is done with video games if a few recent tweets were to be believed.
Bleszinski responded to a tweet that has since been deleted, but it essentially asked him why he didn’t refund people who supported him and spent money on Lawbreakers:
I paid my employees, their 401ks, and their health care – even months after the studio folded. So they could care for their families.
I didn't take a salary myself for two years.
I get you're sad, but god, this kinda shit is another reason I am NEVER making another game. https://t.co/RtS7l5WcAl
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) November 15, 2018
A former employee, Zach Lowery commented on the tweet, stating that his severance pay was only a few weeks, rather than months, but from subsequent replies, it looks like there’s no animosity between him and Bleszinski.
It seems Cliffy B is just tired of all the crap that goes with making games. He can be a bit arrogant at times, but he at least tried to do the right thing after his company, Boss Key Studios, folded. And it sure can’t be easy if all he did was try and make a good game but nobody played it.
When asked by GamesIndustry.biz whether he is serious about his tweet, he simply responded: “I’m done”. I doubt that we’ve seen the last of Cliff Bleszinski, love him or hate him, it is undeniable that he has a passion for what he does, and people like that won’t stay out of the game for too long. He might just do things a little bit different next time around.