|Epic's Cliff Bleszinski discusses Jazz Jackrabbit, Day Z and "Sci-Fi Rim"|
|Posted: 18.09.2012 08:22 by Nick Akerman||Comments: 1|
Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinksi made himself available for questioning through Reddit earlier this week. He spoke about many potential games and ideas. Highlights include a discussion on a Jazz Jackrabbit reboot, chatter on Day Z and the potential of a Sci-Fi based Skyrim.
When asked if Jazz Jackrabbit would return, Bleszinksi replied:
"Not any time soon. We're (fortunate) slaves to our success here at Epic with great franchises like Gears of War and Infinity Blade. It seems like a risky bet: Could we see a 2D platform game return and really move that many units, or would it just be a cult hit?"
Bleszinki then responded to a question asking about the future of Unreal on the PC. His reply may have Skyrim fans excited.
"I was quoted recently on a Fortnite panel about the first Unreal and what a reboot might look like. Having really grown into a big Bethesda fan lately (Skyrim rocked my world), I couldn’t help but wonder what a reboot of Unreal would be like if it was more 'SciFi-Rim.' Sure, there would be shooting involved, but exploration would almost be more important. Get back to that sense of wonder that the first game had. (Caves and castles and crashed ships are basically your dungeon instances, whereas the ‘overworld’ is less intense.) Put it on a high-end PC, and prepare yourself for amazing visuals never before seen in real time."
He continued by discussing the power of downloadable games, including DayZ and Minecraft.
"I haven’t had a chance to play DayZ myself, but I’ve seen the viral videos. That mod is a prime example of my theory stating, ‘Bugs notwithstanding, there’s a direct correlation between how cool your game is and how many interesting YouTube videos it can yield.’ I loved the ‘Never trust anyone in DayZ, especially if they have a helicopter‘ video. Pure gold."
"So, put the survival and social aspects aside for a second and step back and consider that we’re in a world where a mod like that can blow up thanks to the connected nature of the world in which we live. A handful of guys can now have a great idea for the next big thing and put it out and it can explode seemingly overnight! We had seen this before with mods like Counter-Strike, but it’s only become more and more frequent lately.
"My wife and I were very hooked on Minecraft for months. It’s brilliant, and I have a lot of respect for Notch and the crew at Mojang, and I find it thrilling that unique games like the aforementioned can flourish now."
It seems Epic have plenty of ideas lined up. How many will actually come to fruition though?
Source: PC Gamer