After 20 years creating some of the most loved game in the gaming industry Cliff Bleszinski, aka Cliffyb is leaving Epic Games for “a much needed break”. Over the years gamers have come to know Cliff as the face of Gears of War and Unreal. Epic games announced his departure via a blog post which also included a letter from Cliff to the Epic Team:
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.
Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder, CEO and technical director had these words to say “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!”
We at VGRevolution wish CliffyB all the best and thank him for all the amazing
hours days weeks of gaming over the years, and we look forward to his inevitable return to the gaming industry!