Cliff Bleszinski, the now former Design Director at Epic Games, has left the company to pursue the next chapter of his career. Founder of Epic, Tim Sweeney commented on the departure, “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!”
President, Dr. Michael Capps also offered a farewell via Epic’s website. “In my 10 years of working with Cliff, his passion for creating video games of the highest quality has been unflinching. We are grateful for all of his hard work, and remain committed to making our fans happy and to always raising the bar in everything we do at Epic.”
The company made public, Cliff’s farewell to his fellow employees which reads as follows:
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.
During Cliff’s tenure at the company Unreal Tournament and Gears of War became staples of the video game industry.
Our best wishes go out to Cliff as he decides where he will take his talent next. When he makes an announcement regarding his next employer we’ll be sure to let you know.