Today, Cliff “Cliffy B” Bleszinski announced that he is leaving Epic Games, the company he c0-founded and worked for twenty years. Best known for the Gears of War series, Bleszinski most recently held the title of Design Director at the studio.
Tim Sweeney, CEO and Technical Director at Epic Games had this 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. ”
Epic Games also shared an excerpt of Bleszinski’s letter to his colleagues where he explained his departure from the studio. “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.”
We wish Bleszinski in the best. He definitely has been the face of Epic Games and one of the more visible game designers for a long time.