Cliff Bleszinski's newly launched game development studio, Boss Key Productions, has confirmed its first round of employees. The Raleigh, North Carolina-based developer has hired senior staff members that have worked at such studios as Epic Games, Red Storm, Neversoft Entertainment and Irrational Games.
Chris Mielke, whose credits include Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, Far Cry 4, The Division, has been hired as a senior producer; while Chris Wells, who has worked on the Gears of War trilogy and Fortnite, is the studio's new senior character artist; and Joshua Parker, a former Epic Games developer, is the company's new senior gameplay programmer.
Shane Smith, who worked on Grand Theft Auto V and Bioshock Infinite, is Boss Key's new IT director; David Rose, whose credits include Guitar Hero 5 and 6, and Call of Duty: Ghosts, is the company's 'UI Ninja'; Ryan Palser, who worked on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Ghosts, is the senior animator; James Hawkins whose credits include Gears of War Trilogy and Unreal Tournament 3 has been hired as senior concept artist; and Sarah Asby, whose credits include the Gears of War Trilogy and Unreal Tournament 3 has been named as an executive assistant.
"The key to building a successful company is to surround yourself with quality people, especially the ones who can do things you can't," said co-founder and CEO Cliff Bleszinski in a prepared statement. "Arjan [Brussee] and I are excited to continue working with some of the people who have inspired us and helped us create great work in the past, as well as to hire fresh blood to bring new perspectives and talents to the table. We're still reading through hundreds of resumes to find the best-of-the-best to join us, and expect to have more announcements soon."
The first project from Bleszinski's new studio will be a free-to-play PC shooter codenamed "BlueStreak."