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Cliff Bleszinski leaves Epic Games

Cliff Bleszinski, Epic Games design director, has departed from the developer. Bleszinski worked at Epic Games for 20 years, contributing to Jazz Jackrabbit in the Epic MegaGames era, to then-PC-graphics-powerhouse Unreal, to the Xbox 360 tent pole Gears of War trilogy. His exit was announced in a post on the company's blog.

"I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop," Bleszinski said in a departing note to his colleagues. "I literally grew up in this business, as [Epic Games president Mike Capps] 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, [People Can Fly], or Impossible will be top notch and will please gamers and critics alike.

No indication was given as to the 37-year-old game designer's next vocation or place of employment.

14 comments

  • jackthemenace - October 5, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    Yep, good luck to him. I've not played MUCH of Blezinski's stuff, but everything I HAVE played, I've LOVED. Here's hoping he stays in the gaming business, and just moves to another developer/publisher.
  • leonel19888 - October 4, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    All i have to say is Thanks for not letting them take out the chainsaw....hell the lancer its the manliest weapon ever till some invents a monstertruck launcher rifle and we all know thats exactly what Cliffy is working on...
  • ultimatepunchrod - October 4, 2012 12:38 p.m.

    Man, this is pretty insane. I wish Mr. Bleszinski the best, and I'm sure Epic will be fine, but they just lost a darn good face for the company. I don't know of anyone with a bad thing to say about Cliffy B.
  • WizardZombie - October 4, 2012 2:45 p.m.

    Except for, you know, when he trash-talked the PC, and said it was going nowhere, only for him to come squirming back years later, claiming that PCs were made by the Gods.
  • gazzc - October 4, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    Bye bye Cliffy B
  • ChristopherDalley - October 4, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    Just you wait; he'll be back in ten years for the mega-bucks reunion concert.
  • comaqi - October 3, 2012 9:41 p.m.

    Goodnight sweet prince.
  • tiben36 - October 3, 2012 5:21 p.m.

    DING DONG, THE WITCH IS DEAD
  • Corsair89 - October 3, 2012 6:56 p.m.

    WHICH OLD WITCH?
  • radiodeaf - October 3, 2012 8:13 p.m.

    THE WICKED WITCH.
  • ChristopherDalley - October 4, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    DING DONG THE WICKED WITCH IS DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAD!
  • ObliqueZombie - October 3, 2012 5:16 p.m.

    Farewell, Cliff. I wish you the best.
  • LordZarlon - October 3, 2012 4:37 p.m.

    He'll be back in a few years. Possibly the most successful developer of his generation. Think about it. How many financial winners has he had verses financial failures. Great guy!
  • artcellrox - October 3, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    Damn... best of luck to the guy, wherever he goes from here on out. =-=)7

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