Radical Heights' Cliff Bleszinski accuses Fortnite developer of employee poaching

 windowscentral.com  4/16/2018 8:56:53 PM 

Ever since PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) gained popularity, games like Fortnite quickly adopted the "Battle Royale" genre. Now there are numerous such titles out there, with Cliff Bleszinski's "Radical Heights" being the latest entry in an increasingly crowded market.

Bleszinski left Epic Games many years ago and, after a brief hiatus, formed Boss Key Productions. Radical Heights is the studio's second game after "LawBreakers". LawBreakers failed to gain a significant following so Bleszinski hopes Radical Heights will be different due to its free-to-play nature.

Hey @epicgames, could you please stop trying to hire away my team? We just launched @Radical_Heights on #UE4 and are really happy with how it’s going. pic.twitter.com/pe2DoZNuRq

— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) April 13, 2018

However, it seems like the game's development may already be in trouble because Bleszinski recently accused Epic Games of trying to steal Boss Key's staff on Twitter. A few months ago, Boss Key's cofounder Arjan Brussee joined Epic Games after LawBreakers failed. Losing highly-skilled developers can be disastrous for young studios because it's hard to find that level of expertise that easily. This can greatly affect the quality of a game.

We have plenty of ways to make it our own but they may never see the light of day if they keep doing this

— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) April 13, 2018

Bleszinski added that if this keeps on happening, Radical Heights might not make it to the market because the studio won't have many experienced developers. Whether this is true or not, the Gears of War creator definitely made his opinion vocal on social media. Epic Games hasn't responded to these allegations, but employee poaching is a common practice in the technology industry because there's high demand for certain technical skills.

There's room at this genre for more than a few games SMH

— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) April 13, 2018

Hopefully no more staff will leave Boss Key Productions and Radical Heights will leave early access soon. In order for the game to succeed, it needs to be on more platforms than LawBreakers, which was restricted to just PC and PlayStation 4.

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