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Cliff Bleszinski Leaving Epic Games

One of the masterminds behind Gears of War is finally leaving the nest.

Who expected this one?

Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski is leaving Epic Games to “chart the next stage of his career,” according to a blog post on the company’s website.

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop,” said Bleszinski in a note to colleagues, parts of which are featured on the site. “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.”

Bleszinski pointed people to the blog on his Twitter account, but has said nothing else about his future.

The designer has been at Epic Games for 20 years, having worked on everything from Jazz Jackrabbit to Unreal Tournament. He was one of the principal leads on the Gears of War franchise, and often shared the spotlight with Mark Rein and Mike Capps as the faces of Epic Games.

He was always a fun interview, too.

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Posted by patrickklepek

Who expected this one?

Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski is leaving Epic Games to “chart the next stage of his career,” according to a blog post on the company’s website.

“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop,” said Bleszinski in a note to colleagues, parts of which are featured on the site. “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.”

Bleszinski pointed people to the blog on his Twitter account, but has said nothing else about his future.

The designer has been at Epic Games for 20 years, having worked on everything from Jazz Jackrabbit to Unreal Tournament. He was one of the principal leads on the Gears of War franchise, and often shared the spotlight with Mark Rein and Mike Capps as the faces of Epic Games.

He was always a fun interview, too.

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Posted by peEtr

This is crazy.

Posted by Kazzenn

Damn

Posted by tyxja

Wow. Well, good luck to you, Cliff!

Posted by theveej

wow

Posted by jelekeloy

Good for him, he's earned it.

Posted by theanticitizen
@peEtr call me maybe?
Posted by nifehunter

Huh...

Posted by HappyCheeze

Woah!

Posted by HalfDane1975

I hope he'll show up in podcasts and stuff like that.

Posted by iAmJohn

Oh shit.

Posted by TheYear20XX

And I was so looking forward to the final chapter in the Jazz Jackrabbit trilogy.

Posted by Mason_M

I didn't see that one coming. Although maybe he'll go on the David Jaffe track and get back to making games like Jack Jazzrabbit.

Posted by leejunfan83

The series is overrated anyway he wants to create new games not stale rehashes

Posted by wrecks

Holy Shit!

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Posted by gerp

Man didn't see this coming

Posted by Dallas_Raines

Shit be cray.

Posted by bloodsoul5

booooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by BeachThunder

o_o so what's happening with Fortnite.

Also, Jazz Jackrabbit is awesome...

Posted by DeF

This is kinda like a big deal!

Posted by Darkness2386

Wow

Posted by TurboMan

If he starts working on Playstation All-Star Battle Royale as well, then I'm through.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

Good luck to him. I'm definitely surprised.

Posted by Branwulf

I guess i'm not the only one who isn't upset, this can only be a good thing really.

Posted by gelatinabomination

That sucks. I wish him luck whatever he does next. My prediction: He joins into the beer show one of the bioware doctors is making. Can't remember which one it is.

Posted by MURDERSMASH

Jazz Jackrabbit, with Dean Dodrill doing the art. GO.

Posted by Chris2KLee

Think this might be a great move for him, looking forward to seeing what he does next.

Posted by Plipster

Well, I didn't see this one coming.

Posted by Icemo

"One of the masterminds behind Gears of War is finally leaving the nest."

That sentence sounds like Patrick was hoping for him to leave?

Posted by Lukeweizer

MY WORLD HAS BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN!

Posted by chrishardyblue

Wow, didn't expect this one

Posted by Gnorbooth

DUDEHUGE NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This means that the Bioware Doctors and Dudehuge can make games together right!? Cause I'll buy that at a high price!

Posted by WJist

As the 8-4 guys would say, this is Megaton!

Posted by SlightConfuse

wow everyone seems to be laving Epic this year. wonder what up

Posted by therealminime

First the Bioware Doctor's and now CliffyB. Oh god what is happening?! In all seriousness though, he has been insanely busy for a very long time and a break is certainly not a bad thing. It's going to be strange not seeing him so enthusiastically talking about Gears and the Unreal Engine.

Posted by NoobSauceG7

That is bananas! Best of luck to Cliff with whatever he does next!

Posted by kennybaese

Between Cliffy B leaving Epic and the Doctors leaving Bioware, it'll be interesting to see what the big names next gen look like.

Posted by Cheesebob

NOT CLIFFY B!!!!

Posted by MikkaQ

Well that's unexpected.

Posted by Quarters

Whoa...seriously. Never expected this. Man, best of luck to him in what he does next. Always loved Bleszinski.

Posted by lightsoda

Well, I guess it's time for the new generation to step in. Even if it's sad.

And we all know where this leads, because you've all been playing CoD, this is why we get things like RE6. Good thing for epic though, I guess.

/slightly sarcastic

Posted by Wiseblood

Godspeed you beautiful bastard.

Posted by Cyrisaurus

He's going to lead Kojima Production's LA studio.

Posted by Ares42

What?! ... did not see that one coming. But hey, I guess there's something to be said for quitting while you're ahead. Not to say Epic is gonna suck from now on, but it's gonna be hard for them to top the immense success this console generation has been for them.

Posted by crusader8463

It's about time! Now the man can finally make that Jazz Jackrabbit reboot they kept refusing to greenlight!

Posted by drew327

Let me guess, going to start his own company to make the 'infinity blade killer'

Posted by Crushed
Posted by Mikular

Wow. Fair enough, the man did good work, deserves a break.

Posted by graboids

Wow. guess this generation has lasted so long that not only are people getting franchise fatigue... they are getting working on franchise fatigue.

Posted by nohthink

I did not know Jazz Jackrabbit was from Unreal... The more you know...