Cliff Bleszinski announces departure from Epic Games

Wednesday, 3 October 2012 22:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Cliff Bleszinski has announced his departure from Epic Games as its design director, in order to move on to the “next stage of his career.”

Bleszinski announced his departure from the firm on Epic’s website.

“Cliff has been my friend and business associate for the past 20 years and, while it is sad to see him move on from Epic, I know that everyone here has benefitted greatly from his passion for gaming and the depth of his expertise and experience,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic. “I’ll miss watching his star shine from such a close vantage point but I’ll still look forward to watching his continued success.”

Bleszinsk said he leaves the company, knowing that its many projects are in capable hands.

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop,” he said. “I literally grew up in this business, as Mike [Capps] 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.”

For two decades, Bleszinski was behind many successful games starting with Jazz Jackrabbit and ending with the Gears of War series.

“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,” said Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder, CEO and technical director.

“Cliff leaves Epic with our gratitude for his many contributions, and our wishes for continued success in the next chapter of his life!”

“In my 10 years of working with Cliff, his passion for creating video games of the highest quality has been unflinching,” said president Dr. Michael Capps. “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.”

VG247 wishes Cliff the best of luck in his future endeavors.