Report: Cliff Bleszinski's new startup called 'Boss Key'

The name of Cliff Bleszinski's new startup appears to have been revealed: Boss Key Productions.

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Cliff Bleszinski's next game hasn't been revealed yet, but we may know the name of the new studio making it. Over the weekend, a site was uncovered for "Boss Key Productions," with ties to Bleszinski.

The official site at BossKey.com links to Cliff Bleszinski's Twitter profile. Meanwhile, documents obtained by Polygon name Bleszinski as CEO and former EA and Guerrilla exec Arjan Brussee as COO. Though he hasn't technically confirmed the new start-up, he has made some cheeky allusions to it. He retweeted one of Boss Key's tweets, and issued a statement hinting at a "new lean, agile, fun startup in Raleigh, N.C."

A new game reveal from Bleszinski is still set to be unveiled soon, as the countdown clock is ticking towards noon ET tomorrow.

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    July 7, 2014 9:34 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Report: Cliff Bleszinski's new startup called 'Boss Key'.

    The name of Cliff Bleszinski's new startup appears to have been revealed: Boss Key Productions.

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      July 7, 2014 9:54 AM

      I look forward to what's coming next from CliffyB... I hope it's not just a generic shooter.

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        July 7, 2014 9:55 AM

        The company name implies it might be (find key, kill boss), but I'm hoping that's meant to be ironic, or meant to sound like Bleszinski, and not a description of their direction in games, heh.

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            July 7, 2014 10:44 AM

            The more you know. (shooting star)

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            July 7, 2014 10:54 AM

            I always think of Zelda when I hear boss key. The large keys that open the final room where the boss is we're called boss keys- weren't they?

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            July 7, 2014 3:33 PM

            But the logo actually has a key in it, not a keyboard key.

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            July 7, 2014 3:58 PM

            Most Sierra games had a boss key. I think leisure suit Larry in particular threw a spreadsheet up on the screen.

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          July 7, 2014 3:31 PM

          As much as gamers used to rip on the "key, door, exit" model of FPS game flow, I'm having a lot more fun replaying those than I am with the "roller-coaster railshooter" approach of every FPS game that has aped Call of Duty.

          I don't think it'll be a shooter, though. "Lean, agile startup" seems to suggest something lightweight, easily playtestable. Probably some 2D platformer or Unity engine game.

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          July 7, 2014 5:17 PM

          I think it's going to be basically UT in but free to play.

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            July 7, 2014 8:45 PM

            But that'd be an odd choice since Epic is also doing that.

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          July 7, 2014 8:49 PM

          I don't think that company names imply anything about what games they develop.

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            July 7, 2014 8:56 PM

            Riot, Wargaming, Epic, Visceral,

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              July 7, 2014 9:23 PM

              fine, they don't necessarily imply anything about their games

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          July 7, 2014 9:10 PM

          Imagine if it has to do with him being the boss tying that lofty laborious liberty to future production which is key