Cliff Bleszinski leaves Epic Games as Design Director

Cliffy B

By on October 4, 2012 at 10:41 am

In a shock departure this morning, Cliffy “Cliffy B” Bleszinski has announced his departure from Epic Games, the company in whose success he has played no small part over the last 20 years. In a farewell message posted on the Epic Games website, Cliffy announces his intention to move on to “chart the next stage in his career”.

“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.”

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney had some nice things to say about Cliffy as well, saying Cliffy had “grown into a true design luminary,” and that “his contributions to the ‘Unreal’ and ‘Gears’ series have helped shape the game industry into what it is today.”

Where this leaves currently in-development titles like Gears of War: Judgement is not known, but we can assume they probably know what they’re doing by now. Best of luck to Cliffy in his new endeavours!

Source: Epic (Thanks, JaMbO)

10 comments (Leave your own)

CTF-Face in UT99 will always be one of his best works.

 

Wow interesting, I’d say my favourite games from him is Jazz Jackrabbit and then Unreal 1.

After that I wasn’t impressed… UT 2004 was fun though.

 

Not too worried havn’t played many Epic games since they stopped releasing on PC. Which is a shame because I have bought every Epic product until they stopped releasing ‘sigh’.

 

I’m sure GoW Liberation will continue as normal since it’s being worked on by PCF.

 

Good on the guy really for doing what he wants, he could’ve kept plugging away at it and stayed with a very comfortable living if he wanted to.

On the negative side, I fear this may mean whatever slim chance there was of getting a true sequel to the original Unreal may have just gone down to zero. :/

 

The guy’s a bit of a prick when he was having a go at PC users…. but he was behind a lot of the greatest games I’ve ever played (Unreal, Unreal Tourney 99, UT2004) so I’ll give him some slack.

 

i’m sure him leaving won’t wreck any chance of a proper sequel to the original unreal! Man, a new single player unreal game would be awsome!

 

korbain:
i’m sure him leaving won’t wreck any chance of a proper sequel to the original unreal! Man, a new single player unreal game would be awsome!

Careful what you ask for – you’ll get another Unreal 2.

 
Lord_PorkSword

I’d like to think that he left because he wanted to work on a true Unreal sequel (due to comments he made this year) but Epic wanted to focus their efforts on their GOW cash cow!
It’ll be interesting to see what he does next!

 

guys, there are 2 games that use GoW, so you mite be better off just say Gears…

 
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