Cliff Bleszinski, longtime design director at Epic Games, is leaving the company. According to Epic, Bleszinski is leaving in order to "chart the next stage of his career."
Bleszinski was at Epic for over 20 years, and in that time was instrumental in the creation of games from “Jazz Jackrabbit” to the Gears of War series. "I literally grew up in this business," Bleszinski said in a statement. "And now that I’m grown up, it’s time for a much needed break."
"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," Bleszinski added.
“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!”
“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 benefited 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.”
Source: Epic Games