CliffyB’s Boss key on a hiring spree

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Clifford Bleszinski, one of those public game developers that you love – or love to hate – is making a “not-a-comeback” return to videogames. His studio’s first game is a free-to-play PC arena shooter called BlueStreak. He formed the studio, Boss Key, with Jazz Jackrabbit collaborator Arjan Brussee – and now the company’s on a bit of a hiring spree.

Here’s the list of people that CliffyB’s Boss Key has picked up from studios like Neversoft, Epic and Irrational Games.

Chris Mielke, who’s worked on Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Far Cry 4 and  The Division will be the new senior producer. Former Epic staffer Chris Wells who handled the Gears of War trilogy and  Fortnite is the new senior character artist. Fellow former Epic Games staffer Joshua Parker is now a senior gameplay programmer.

IT stuff will be handled by by new IT director Shane Smith (Grand Theft Auto V, Bioshock Infinite) while former Neversoft member David Rose (Guitar Hero 5 and 6, and Call of Duty: Ghosts) is tasked with UI stuff.  Guy in charge of Animation, Ryan Palser worked on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Ghosts, while James Hawkins has left Epic where he worked on Gears of War Trilogy and Unreal Tournament 3. He will now be Boss Key’s senior concept artist, Sarah Asby from Epic joins as the exec assistant.

"The key to building a successful company is to surround yourself with quality people, especially the ones who can do things you can’t," said co-founder and CEO Cliff Bleszinski in a statement.

"Arjan [Brussee] and I are excited to continue working with some of the people who have inspired us and helped us create great work in the past, as well as to hire fresh blood to bring new perspectives and talents to the table. We’re still reading through hundreds of resumes to find the best-of-the-best to join us, and expect to have more announcements soon."

That’s quite a number of staff with some rather intriguing pedigree. I can’t say that a free-to-play arena shooter interests me in the slightest, but I’ll certainly give BlueStreak a look when it’s out. He may appear at times to be an insufferable egomaniac, but Bleszinski sure knows how to makes games.

Last Updated: July 24, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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