Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

One of the more colorful game creators of the last decade has moved on to a new stage in his career.

Cliff Bleszinski, affectionately known as Cliffy B to his friends and puppies, has decided to leave Epic Games, a company that he has helped shape for the last twenty years.  Best known for his work on the Gears of War series, Bleszinski gave no concrete reason for his departure, simply stating that it was “time for a much needed break.”   He announced no plans for his future, but it’s fair to say that we’ll hear something from him soon.  Bleszinski doesn’t seem the like the kind of guy who will sit idle for too long.  Perhaps he’ll open his own studio?

Bleszinski’s departure caps a large creative exodus for Epic.  Epic Games senior producer Rod Fergusson and Adrian Chmielarz, creative director of internal studio People Can Fly, both have left the brain trust recently.

Bleszinski also released this personal statement on the official Epic Games blog:

“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.”

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