Gears of War Creator Cliff Bleszinki Leaves Epic Games

Gears of War creator, and games industry luminary Cliff Bleszinski announced his departure from Epic Games Wednesday.

The North Carolina-based company released a statement from the former design director, who contributed to many games, including Jazz Jackrabbit and the Unreal Tournament franchises, on its blog. “I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop,” Bleszinski wrote of his 20-years with the company, “I literally grew up in this business, as Mike [Capps, Epic Games president] 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,” Bleszinski wrote in a farewell message to his colleagues, “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.”

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, and President Mike Capps expressed their gratitude for Bleszinski’s contributions to the company, and offered well wishes for his future.

It remains unclear if Bleszinski will continue his career in the games industry.

Bleszinki is the fourth in a recent line of notable developers to leave Epic Games. In August, Gears of War Series Producer Rod Fergusson left to work for Irrational Games on Bioshock Infinite. A few days later, People Can Fly founder Adrian Chmielarz, Creative Director Andrezej Poznanski, and Artist Michal Koseradzki left the Bulletstorm developer after Epic Games acquired the studio. People Can Fly is currently developing Gears of War: Judgement, the next game in the Gears of War series, set to release March 19, 2013.

Source: Epic Games

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