Boss Key to make arena shooter

8 Jul 2014 at 21:27

We mentioned the other day that Arjan and CliffyB were reuniting to form a new game studio. This was accompanied by speculation that they’d acquired the Jazz license from Epic Games, fueled by a quote from an anonymous source who turned out to be deeply confused, deliberately misleading, or just incredibly sarcastic. Either way, we apologize for relaying it to you. Anyway, the real story is in, and it’s not bad.

BlueStreak, the game’s current codename, will be “a Free2Play Sci-Fi PC arena shooter.” Personally I’d call JJ2 an arena shooter, though I’m sure someone will be along to vehemently disagree with me on that front. :) And if it’s free to play, that means we don’t need to buy it! Obviously F2Pness is a hot-button issue in the gaming world, but I think we can trust Cliffy and Arjan enough to have some more interesting take on the subject than “pay to win.”

That’s all we really know so far, except that Arjan and Cliffy will be working on it with Nexon. This doesn’t tell us much about the game’s style, since Nexon’s past output ranges from the 2D cartoony Maple Story to the 3D gray and brown Combat Arms. Still, this screenshot from August might be a hint…

(EDIT: And if you’re more interested in following Epic Games, here’s a new gameplay trailer for Fortnite.)

- Violet CLM


cooba on 8 Jul 2014 at 22:04

Seren on 8 Jul 2014 at 23:06

That doesn’t sound like a Firefly game, Cliffy. I demand a Firefly game.

Hare on 8 Jul 2014 at 23:34

Yeah, F2P isn’t always a bad thing. I think Tribes: Ascend is my favorite example of F2P done right.

I want my brightly colored rabbits shooting at each other in space, though.

Love & Thunder on 9 Jul 2014 at 01:16

That’ll be one of the buyable skins.

Hare on 9 Jul 2014 at 01:21

@Robo4900 – It better be. LOL

Slaz on 9 Jul 2014 at 16:39

To be honest, Epic’s own Fortnite gave me a slight ‘Jazz-vibe’ seeing how some enemy designs look. It’s not Nick’s trademark design or anything, it just resembles something, well, whatever that is. :P

About BlueStreak, hmm without additional details I really have no idea what to think of it. I sometimes enjoy Quake Live and UT2004 as arena shooters, so I’d give this a try too.

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