Cliff Bleszinski: the games industry is 'in a massive state of turmoil'

Gears Of War creator says industry is in its worst state since its 80's crash

Epic's former Design Director and Gears Of War creator Cliff Bleszinski says the gaming industry is in its worst turmoil since the 80's crash

If you can count on one thing in the gaming industy, it's Cliff Bleszinski not mincing his words. The former Design Director for Epic Games and creator of the Gears Of War franchise has taken a moment during his semi-retirement to clarify why he won't be returning to games development during the current climate.

In an interview with Gamesindustry International Bleszinski says that he feels the video game industry is in a rather chaotic state.

"The business has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the '80s," Bleszinski said. "I really think we're in a massive state of turmoil. I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward. I think Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows."

In spite of all this, Bleszinski seems to feel there are still reasons to be optimistic about the industry's future.

"People love playing games on their iPad," he said. "The PC is going through a wonderful renaissance right now. I think we're ready to do digital download games all the time...I just want to see what happens. In regards to the industry, it's like the Super Smash Bros. of business right now, and I want to see if Peach or Mario wins."

Bleszinski left Epic Games, the company he'd worked at for two decades in October last year. At the time Epic released a statement saying Bleszinski was leaving the developer to "chart the next stage in his career". Since then, the Gears Of War creator has been on something of an extended sabbatical, although he is scheduled to speak at the East Coast Games Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina this April.