Cliff Bleszinski announces BlueStreak, a free-to-play shooter from his new studio Boss Key

Cliff Bleszinski is returning to the videogame business with BlueStreak, a free-to-play sci-fi arena shooter for the PC.

There's really not much to say about this one: Cliff Bleszinski, known far and wide as the mastermind of the Gears of War series who " retired " from game development in 2012, announced his return today via a couple of brief tweets . "Friends, BossKey will be working with Nexon to publish a Free2Play Sci-Fi PC areana shooter code named #BlueStreak," he wrote. "And no, there won't be a fake CG trailer showing "Gameplay" because that's not how @bosskey does it."

The South Korean publisher Nexon specializes in free-to-play online games, with releases including Maple Story, Atlantica Online, and Combat Arms; it also publishes Dota 2, Counter-Strike Online 2 and FIFA 13 in Korea. Bleszinski announced Boss Key, which he launched with Guerrilla Games co-founder Arjan Brusee, last week.

I'm a little disappointed that it's not a new Jazz Jackrabbit—after all, does the world really need another F2P multiplayer shooter? There's no press release, no website, no screens or anything else of that nature; you literally know as much as we do right now. We'll keep you posted.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.