Cliff Bleszinski, who made a reputation for himself because the artistic director of the Gears of War collection at Epic Games earlier than leaving the corporate to start out a brand new studio, has kicked off a public dispute together with his former employer. Bleszinski is accusing Epic of poaching builders from his studio, Boss Key. Both are based mostly within the Raleigh, NC space.
Tweeting in the present day, Bleszinski requested Epic to cease its efforts to “rent away my group,” including that he is happy with Boss Key’s newly launched battle royale sport, Radical Heights–which runs on Epic’s Unreal Engine four. Bleszinski went on to counsel that Epic’s reported hiring of Boss Key builders is said to the truth that Radical Heights is a Battle Royale sport, and is thus competing towards Epic’s uber-popular Battle Royale sport Fortnite.
“There’s room at this style for various video games SMH,” Bleszinski stated. In one other tweet, the developer stated Boss Key has “lots” of concepts for methods to make Radical Heights stand out within the Battle Royale style, but when Epic retains hiring away its expertise, these could by no means come to gentle. “We have loads of methods to make it our personal however they might by no means see the sunshine of day in the event that they preserve doing this,” he stated.
It is unclear what number of Boss Key builders left the studio to hitch Epic, however the determine is outwardly substantial sufficient for Bleszinski to be airing his grievances in public. In December, Boss Key co-founder Arjan Brussee left the studio to re-join Epic. A former on-line engineer at Boss Key who has since joined Epic, William McCarroll, stated on Twitter that Bleszinski is out of line for calling out Epic about hiring away a few of its staffers.
“With all due respect, assuming that Epic is the one beginning contact / poaching is a bit presumptuous,” he stated. “We all had our personal causes for making the selection to depart BKP for Epic, and to behave like we’re commodities being stolen is a bit hurtful. We are folks at the start.”
Epic declined to remark when approached by GameSpot.
Boss Key’s free Battle Royale sport Radical Heights launched final week in “X-TREME EARLY ACCESS” on Steam–and it’s at present missing many essential options. The studio has pledged to proceed to replace and enhance the sport over time.