Earlier today, Epic Games Design Director, Cliff Bleszinski, conducted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit, and while there were plenty of winning questions, he responded to one in particular by Destructoid’s Max Scoville regarding a possible partnership between Hasbro and Epic to create some NERF powered Gears of War licensed guns, and that really got me thinking…why hasn’t this happened yet? Here’s Cliff’s response:
“Getting NERF to make guns based on an M-rated game would be tricky, but I sure would love to do it. We honestly haven’t approached them yet, thanks for the reminder.”
Really? NERF has got some seriously deadly looking guns out there. Have you seen the Nerf N-Strike Vulcan EBF-25 Blaster? It’s a machine gun with an artillery feed that looks like something you’d see in Rambo, not Bambi. And at the end of the day, NERF or not, what part of holding a gun in your hand doesn’t scream “violent act?”
While the M-rated dilemma Cliff posed was certainly plausible, it wasn’t enough to deter my curiosity. So, I reached out to Hasbro myself and asked them if they might be interested in producing a Gears of War Limited edition Lancer (seemed like a good weapon to start with). While I haven’t heard back yet (and maybe I never will) this is something that really needs to happen. Just imagine the fun you could have with this thing at obnoxious birthday parties, drawn out board meetings, weddings you reluctantly got dragged to, the list could go on and on.
My question to you the reader is this: If NERF and Epic actually made this bad boy would you buy one and how much would you pay? Sound off in the comments section below.
Update: I finally got an email response back from Hasbro, unfortunately it wasn’t anything to jump for joy about. You can read it below.
Thank you for contacting Hasbro, Inc. regarding new Nerf product ideas; we appreciate your interest in our company.
As you can imagine, each year we receive many contacts and inquiries such as yours, and while we appreciate hearing from our friends and consumers, we must advise you that we do not accept unsolicited submissions for review or consideration. For many years it has been and remains Hasbro’s policy to decline offers to consider unsolicited external ideas or suggestions. We depend on employees and other organizations with whom we deal on a regular basis for such ideas.
In accordance with our policy, we attached the material you sent to us, which we have neither copied nor reviewed.
Thank you for your understanding.