Oct 3, 2012

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Cliff Bleszinski Is Leaving Epic Games

Cliff Bleszinski Is Leaving Epic Games

Today news came that Design Director at Epic Games, Cliff Bleszinski, is leaving the game studio to future endeavors. This seemingly came as a surprise to many, as my Twitter feed exploded with the news, and Cliff himself even tweeted a link to the news of his departure. He leaves behind a legacy of titles, having worked with Epic for 20 years or so.

“CliffyB” as he is known around the internet, has worked on such titles as Jazz Jackrabbit and even helped in creating the much loved Gears of War series of games. His has many other credits to games such as the Brothers in Arms series and even Lost Planet 2.

In a quote from Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, he had this to say about Bleszinski:

n 20 wonderful years with Epic, Cliff Bleszinski has grown into a true design luminary, and his contributions to the ‘Unreal’ and ‘Gears’ series have helped shape the game industry into what it is today. Cliff leaves Epic with our gratitude for his many contributions, and our wishes for continued success in the next chapter of his life!”

Epic Games President Michael Capps also had some kind words to say about him:

“In my 10 years of working with Cliff, his passion for creating video games of the highest quality has been unflinching. We are grateful for all of his hard work, and remain committed to making our fans happy and to always raising the bar in everything we do at Epic.”

And lastly, Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games mentioned the following:

“Cliff has been my friend and business associate for the past 20 years and, while it is sad to see him move on from Epic, I know that everyone here has benefitted greatly from his passion for gaming and the depth of his expertise and experience. I’ll miss watching his star shine from such a close vantage point but I’ll still look forward to watching his continued success.”

Cliff himself, had a few parting words as well, and included here is an excerpt:

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop. I literally grew up in this business, as Mike likes to say. And now that I’m grown up, it’s time for a much needed break.

I will miss the projects, the playtests, the debates, and most importantly, the people. Epic only hires the best of the best, and it has been a joy working with each and every one of you on a daily basis, whether you were hired weeks ago or decades ago. I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with a variety of disciplines, from code to art to marketing and PR – it’s been one big, rewarding learning experience. I’m confident that each project that is being built, whether at Epic, Chair, PCF, or Impossible will be top notch and will please gamers and critics alike.”

Source: [Epic Games]