In a true shocking moment today, Clif Bleszinski (or Cliffy B as he’s more affectionately known) has left Epic Games. More inside!
One of the most influential members of the Epic Games team has left the company today. Cliff Bleszinski, aka Cliffy B, has departed Epic Games after making games for the better part of his life. Basically, this dude just needs a break!
Epic’s Founder, CEO, and Tech Director, Tim Sweeney had this to say about Cliff:
“Today we are saying farewell with warm regards to Cliff Bleszinski, who is departing as Epic’s design director to chart the next stage of his career. During the past two decades, Cliff has helped shape many successful games that have captured the imaginations of millions of players around the world. We are grateful for his influence on Epic’s legacy, from the wild adventures Jazz Jackrabbit to the visceral combat of Gears of War.
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!”
Here’s an excerpt from a personal note to Cliff’s coleagues:
“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.”
I’d say this is a much needed break for one of the true visionaries in this industry, of course that’s assuming this is indeed a break. You never know when someone could jump ship, I’m just sayin’!
Congratulations on your time with Epic, Cliff! We here at FYIG hope you resurface at some point to make some more kickass games!