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Bleszinski opens Boss Key

By Brendan Sinclair

Bleszinski opens Boss Key

Mon 07 Jul 2014 2:27pm GMT / 10:27am EDT / 7:27am PDT

Ex-Epic designer and Guerrilla Games co-founder Arjan Brussee unveil new studio

Nearly two years ago, Cliff Bleszinski left Epic Games, saying he needed a break from game development. Break time is over, as Bleszinski has begun plugging his new studio, Boss Key Productions.

As reported by Polygon, Bleszinski registered the Raleigh-based Boss Key with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State, listing himself as the CEO of the outfit. Bleszinski's filing also lists Guerrilla Games co-founder Arjan Brussee as the COO and only other officer of the company. This is not the first time working together for Brussee and Bleszinski; Brussee was lead programmer on the first two Jazz Jackrabbit games, which Bleszinski helped design.

The news came out over the July 4th weekend, a little earlier than Bleszinski had apparently planned.

"I do not comment on rumors and speculation on the birthday of the nation that could allow a game designer to have a fantastic 20-year run at his first studio and then take nearly two years off only to seek out funding and start his new lean, agile, fun startup in Raleigh, N.C.," Bleszinski told Polygon.

While Boss Key will be lean, it will apparently be larger than just Bleszinski and Brussee. Bleszinski mentioned on his Twitter feed that the studio was looking to hire some people. More details on Boss Key are expected tomorrow, when a countdown clock Bleszinski teased last week reaches zero.

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Seb Downie Producer, Guerrilla Games

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Great news! Good luck to both of them and the studio!

Posted:2 years ago


Bob Richardson Server Developer, Frontier Developments

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Nice name, good logo. Best of luck to them! Although I honestly don't think I've heard the term "Boss Key" outside the Legend of Zelda franchise, which makes it a pretty strong Nintendo reference for a famously Microsoft-centric developer (MS-DOS, Windows and Xbox platforms).

Posted:2 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Heh... perhaps they can make a Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U, then? Anyway, kidding aside, this should be an interesting venture with some interesting games coming out of it.

Posted:2 years ago


Adam Jordan Community Management/Moderation

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Looking to hire you say? Well I do need to stop my banhammer from rusting, colour me interested

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Adam Jordan on 7th July 2014 6:54pm

Posted:2 years ago


Simon Garner Managing Director, Gameplanet NZ

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@Bob: Not at all. "Boss key" is an old PC term for a button that clears a game from the screen when your boss walks by (look it up on Wikipedia if you don't believe me).

I'm guessing this is also a play on the founders' names: Bruss-ski.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Simon Garner on 7th July 2014 10:20pm

Posted:2 years ago


Paul Jace Merchandiser

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Thats an interetsing studio name. But the question is rather they are going to make games for consoles or PC's. Perhaps both but I do hope they make something for consoles.

Posted:2 years ago

Ket them make games like a BOSS :)

Posted:2 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Well, a boss who plays games, Dr. C. No need for a Boss Key in that case! Har and har. ;^P

Posted:2 years ago


Tim Carter Designer - Writer - Producer

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Let me guess...

Big testosterone-drenched idiots with huge muscles, stupid looking power armour and "awesome" guns (that make no sense if you think about them), shooting up monsters with a dumb name like "locusts"...

Yep... This is the game industry.

Posted:2 years ago


Adam Jordan Community Management/Moderation

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@Tim: So...I'm guessing you're not a fan of Gears then? o_O

Posted:2 years ago


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