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!”
“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.”