If you have ever played games in the Unreal or Gears of War Series you know the name Cliff Bleszinski or “CliffyB” as many people knew him as. Today he is departing Epic as their design director to chart the next stage of his career. We are unsure of what the “next stage of his career” will be, but I’m sure we will find out in the coming months. He left a personal note to his colleagues, which we have below.
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.
We wish Cliff the best on his future projects, whatever they may be.