For the last twenty years, Cliff Bleszinski (aka “Cliffy B”, “Dude Huge” or “the Tony Stark of videogames”) has worked at Epic Games where he helped the developer create some of the industry’s most popular games. In his time with Epic, Bleszinski worked as the design director on a ton of titles, but it’s the Gears of War series that most people think of when they think Cliffy B.
On top of being design director, Bleszinski kind of became the face of Epic Games. So much so that when most people think “Epic Games” they think Cliffy B and not Tim Sweeney, who happens to be CEO and founder of Epic. What about Dr. Michael Capps? He’s the president of Epic Games, but you don’t think of him when you think of Gears of War, do you?
It’s a loss for Epic Games, there’s no denying that. The departure was on good terms so there isn’t any underlying drama to the resignation. Basically, Bleszinski thinks it’s time to move on from the company that benefited from the first 20 years of his adult life.
In a post on the developer’s blog, Bleszinski wrote the following farewell message to his colleagues and fans:
“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.”
At present, Bleszinski has given no indication of his plans for the future.