Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic

In something of a shocker, Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski, better known as Cliffy B, has left Epic Games to “chart the next stage of his career”.

“In 20 wonderful years with Epic, Cliff Bleszinski has grown into a true design luminary,” said Epic’s Tim Sweeney, “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!”

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“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager,” said Cliff, who I met once and discovered he’s hugely passionate about his games. “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,” he said to his colleagues.

“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.”

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11 Comments

  1. :(

  2. Great guy he always has a smile on his face in interviews that I saw.What ever he does next I wish hm well.

  3. That is a shocker…

  4. Mmm this guy was an ass, the way he behaved in the unreal tournament forums wasn’t professional

  5. Hmm, not a huge fan of Cliffy B’s attitude but he worked on some cracking projects nonetheless

  6. not a fan of his but good luck to him.

  7. Can’t say I’m a fan either. He suffers with a bit of the Peter Molyneux syndrome where both have been given far more adulation and credit than they deserve.

    Either way, best of luck to him.

  8. Whoa that was unexpected….. Gears of War games were brilliant and EPIC will miss Cliff Bleszinski big time
    I have always wanted to say this….. Cliff’s Gears of War was….. EPIC!
    I’ll grab my coat…..
    Seriously though good luck to Cliff and all the best to him.
    Thanks for Gears of War – awesome game.

  9. Bad times for EPIC, losing two of their best people in the space of just a few months.

  10. I always thought of him in the same vein as John Romero, and I wonder if now that he’s left the company that made him, he will fare any better..

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