Boss Key Productions chief and Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski has publicly accused Epic Games of trying to pinch his staff in light of the announcement of his latest project, Radical Heights.
Bleszinski aired his frustrations on Twitter (via PCgamesinsider), where he called for the developer to ‘stop trying to hire away my team.’ Obviously, he didn’t actually say who Epic was attempting to take on board, but it does come a few months after Boss Key’s co-founder, Arjan Brussee, jumped ship to join the former Gears of War developer.
The veteran games designer followed up his Tweet with another post saying the industry is big enough for more than one title in a genre, clearly referencing fact Radical Heights is competing in the battle royale space alongside Epic’s Fortnite.
Bleszinski had been a long-time member of Epic Games prior to his departure, having joined the company back in 1992 and remaining there in various roles until 2013. He was instrumental in overseeing a number of blockbuster titles at Epic, including all three Gears of War games, Bulletstorm, and the Unreal Tournament series.
He co-founded Boss Key Productions in 2014 after originally intending to retire from game development, where he first worked on the team-based shooter LawBreakers for PlayStation 4 and PC.