Epic Games have announced the departure of their star Design Director Cliff Bleszinski aka Cliffy B from their studio. Cliff has spent the last 20 years of his professional career at Epic and is responsible for the success of the ” Gears Of War ” series has seemingly left the studio on good terms.
Here is the statement issued by Epic CEO Tim Sweeny addressing the departure of Cliffy B:
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!
Furthermore, here is the note of the man himself Cliffy B to his former colleagues at epic:
I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going nonstop. I literally grew up in this business, as Mike [Capps, president of Epic Games] 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.
As to what he will do now, Cliffy B did not mention that. Whether he works in another studio or perhaps makes his own, we wish him all the best.