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Ah, CliffyB. The gaming world has nary felt the same since he stopped gracing headlines with one of his latest antics. Well, after today, there’s a chance we may not hear from him again for a long time — if ever. The ex-Boss Key head honcho took to Twitter earlier today to announce that his brief retirement from games has now entered super retirement. Replying to a scuffed Lawbreakers player, Cliff Bleszinski wrote that he’s “NEVER making another game.”

Lawbreakers, for those who don’t know, was a failed multiplayer shooter that came out of Boss Key Productions. Formed in 2014, Boss Key was headed by Cliff Bleszinski, formerly of Epic Games. Bleszinski apparently couldn’t carry the magic that created Gears of War over to the new studio. Lawbreakers failed to meet even the lowest expectations, and the servers were shut down on September 14 of this year. One player reached out to Bleszinski on Twitter to voice frustration over Lawbreaker‘s demise.

“I paid my employees, their 401ks, and their health care — even months after the studio folded,”¬†Bleszinski replied. “So they could care for their families. I didn’t take a salary myself for two years. I get you’re sad, but god, this kinda shit is another reason I am NEVER making another game.”

We’ve Had One Retirement, Yes

Retirement has rarely suited someone like Bleszinski, whose enthusiasm for gaming has always brought him back. This time, I’m not so sure, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he was just caught up in an emotional moment here. Bleszinski has a well known love for hyperbole.

Apparently, his employees know it as well. Just a quick scroll down on the long reply chain in the initial Twitter post reveals that mayhaps Dude Huge isn’t being entirely accurate with his claims. Zack Lowery, whose profile lists him as a developer for Lawbreakers and Boss Key’s other failed game, Radical Heights, had this to say to his former boss:

That has to sting. Of course, it could just be some joshing between two former co-workers. So, is he done for good? Considering¬†Bleszinski’s history in gaming, it’s unlikely we will never see a game from him again. It’s clear he still loves being in the spotlight.

Cameron Woolsey
Cam has been shooting for high scores since his days playing on the Atari 2600. Proud member of the Blue Team during the first console war, and has more Sonic paraphernalia than he cares to admit.

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