Wired.com just published a great article on the history of Nerf, and it also talked about Nerf engineering. However, it also revealed the names and small details on two new Nerf blasters due out next Fall. (2013)
“It can take up to two years to develop a blaster, so right now, even as the members of the Nerf team are amping up for 9/9/12, they’re also working on new blasters for 9/9/13 and 9/9/14.Several models to be introduced next fall are nearly finished—namely the Strife, a semiautomatic pistol, and the Ruff Cut, which is only the third blaster ever that’s capable of shooting two darts at the same time. In the Nerf conference room, Jablonski picks up a supposedly functional prototype of the Ruff Cut made of white epoxy resin: “Let’s see if she works.” He points it straight up and fires a couple of darts into the 30-foot-high rafters. They touch down in another office somewhere. Jablonski calls this “the funnest thing” about his job. “Just randomly shooting. Sometimes you hear a landing. Sometimes you hear a scream.”
So all in all,
Strife – Semiautomatic pistol
Ruff Cutt – Able to fire two darts at once
The “Strife” doesn’t sound like it will need priming nor batteries to be able to fire it. And the “Ruff Cut” sounds like a vintage Nerf blaster name, with an interesting feature. Maybe it’ll be a new Barrel Break of some sort, or will it be a newly designed blaster? We are still a ways off from Fall 2013, but if any other news is out there on this, I’ll be sure to report it to you guys. What do you think of the news, would you buy these blasters based off features alone? Be sure to leave a comment so that we can talk about it.