Cliff Bleszinski, better known by the nickname Cliffy B, has resigned from his position as Design Director at Epic Games. In quite a surprise move, Bleszinski has decided to take “a much needed break” after 20 years with the company that he helped popularize. As one of the biggest influencing forces behind franchises like Unreal and Gears of War, he will certainly be missed at Epic as he begins the next chapter in his life. Read on to see an excerpt from his departure letter.
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.
Hopefully Epic will continue to produce quality games despite the changes that Bleszinski’s resignation will likely bring about. It will also be interesting to see what new direction Bleszinski’s career takes in the future, and we wish him the best.