Published on October 3rd, 2012 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor
Cliff Bleszinski Departs Epic Games
Tim Sweeney, Epic Games founder and CEO, announced today that Cliff Bleszinski, creative director of the company for over 20 years, is departing the studio.
At the official Epic Games community site, Sweeney said, “In 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!”
Bleszinski is credited with his contribution to the Unreal games franchise, but is most famous for the popular Gears of War series on the Xbox 360.
Leaving a personal note to his colleagues, Bleszinski wrote:
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.
We look forward to what see what Cliff will do in the future. However, we do know for a fact that whatever that future endeavor may be, we at GAMINGtruth give “Cliffy B” the ultimate 20 Lancer salute!
You can follow Cliff Bleszinski via his twitter feet at @therealcliffyb