Cliff Bleszinski talks about Boss Key ideas

Cliff Bleszinski Shares Concept Art Including One With Samurai Riding Dragons In 'Feudalpunk' Setting

Cliff Bleszinski was the studio head of Boss Key Productions, which he has chose to shut down recently after their failure to gain success with projects like LawBreakers and Radical Heights.

If there is anything that can be learned from game development and the industry as a whole, it's that things change and projects come and go in an instant, and in the case of Boss Key Productions and Cliff Bleszinski, recent statements from the developer have shared some enlightening info on the constant challenges that face developers from a creative and business standpoint.

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Cliff Bleszinski Shares Concept Art Including One With Samurai Riding Dragons In 'Feudalpunk' Setting
Cliff Bleszinski talks about Boss Key ideas

Another one of Boss Key's ideas was for a game codenamed "DragonFlies". (...) you'd find dragon eggs, hatch them, and raise them.

Fights would mostly take place in the air, and Bleszinski said the plan was to "do for dragon riding what Halo did for vehicles".

It seems that BossKey had also floated the idea of working on a VR project that they referred to as "Rover" but considered releasing under the name of DogWalkers. DOG, in the context of this game, stood for Destructive Ordnance (on the) Ground. Bleszinski suggested that publishers did not see enough novelty-or too much-for them to want to sign on. Titled Donuts, this game would have boasted a colorful and cute style that was created to "fight Seasonal Affection Disorder". It was described as "Mario Kart on Water" and featured colorful artwork of various animals enjoying together like on a water slide. You've got to love the simplicity and bluntness of that description. As for why these projects never saw the light of day, he noted that a general problem with pitching ideas to publishers is that you're either often told that your idea is too similar to an existing project or that it's too unique to be marketed and financed properly.

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