Cliff Bleszinski Leaving Epic Games

#151 Posted by Feikken (226 posts) -


#152 Posted by evanbower (1244 posts) -

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

Haha that's a lot to assume from the information he gave.
#153 Posted by HulkHanson (74 posts) -

@Alphazero: Goodnight, sweet prince...

#154 Posted by DougCL (270 posts) -

as long as he doesnt try to "explore free-to-play and social gaming spheres" like so many designers who leave their company ill be excited.

#155 Posted by ucankurbaga (180 posts) -

well I didn't see that coming

#156 Edited by KaneRobot (2224 posts) -

@TripMasterMunky said:

@MormonWarrior said:

@KaneRobot said:

Cliff gets his Super Mario Bros. score published in the first issue of Nintendo Power and later becomes the face of Epic.

Nintendo Power shuts down. Cliff leaves Epic.

The end.


Haha. It really is the end.

Yeah. I probably should have written "The FUCKING END" instead.

#157 Posted by shuref00t (109 posts) -

"Ahhhhh, c'mon!" -Marcus Fenix

#158 Posted by BaconGames (3830 posts) -

Good for him, I love hearing stories of people leaving the industry who've been in for a long time because they deserve it and it gives people an esteemed slot to take up and make their own.

#159 Posted by Landon (4134 posts) -

I'm sure whatever he does from here will be bigger, better, and more badass.

#160 Posted by Blitz_Kill (37 posts) -

The videogame world is imploding, lol

#161 Posted by Roodog (51 posts) -

I really enjoyed the work he did on GoW...good luck Cliff!

#162 Posted by Rongaryen (288 posts) -

Seems like a lot of major names in the industry have been taking a break or leaving big companies recently.

#163 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (7028 posts) -

Truthfully, this might be a good thing in disguise. Epic can continue to make franchise money, and Cliffy can maybe move on to something new. And maybe some new blood is precisely what Epic needs. Who knows? I don't. He does. She doesn't. Or him. Or that guy in the yellow shirt. Maybe that dude with the plaid sports coat and the fro-hawk. Guys like that definitely know what's going on.

#164 Posted by Hogans_Hotdogs (50 posts) -

The king is dead. Long live the king.

#165 Posted by sthusby (449 posts) -

@theanticitizen: It's hard to look right, at you baby.

#166 Posted by pw2566ch (499 posts) -

It's about time he leaves. Not saying this to sound like an ass. The video game business these days is very stressful and I know how it feels to juggle a busy work life and family. It's a good thing he did this before the stress overtakes him and it affects his personal life.

#167 Posted by Stinky51012 (175 posts) -

@peEtr said:

This is crazy.

Here's my number, so call me maybe?

#168 Posted by EquitasInvictus (2067 posts) -

This may be the end of an era.

He's practically most defining person in the industry of this generation for me. I hope he's sticking around to help usher in the next generation, but that's probably asking for a lot. He'll do well wherever he ends up, though, I'm sure.

#169 Posted by HerbieBug (4228 posts) -


#170 Posted by NTM (8478 posts) -

Is it too early to say... It's the end of gaming!

#171 Posted by Libb (122 posts) -

Young Clifford - go forth and make Jazz Jackrabbit 3 for the people!

#172 Posted by selbie (2113 posts) -
#173 Posted by DoanDavid (3 posts) -

Feels like all the big names in the industry are retiring...

#174 Posted by Napalm (9230 posts) -

Holy fuck. This is serious news.

#175 Posted by Grimluck343 (1177 posts) -

What a crazy news story.

#176 Posted by AngelN7 (3000 posts) -

Dude Huge.

#177 Posted by OriginalHB504 (28 posts) -

Now maybe Judgement has a better chance of coming to pc.

#178 Posted by Seppli (11233 posts) -

Time to 'Savoir Vivre' - lucky guy gets to go at it while he's still spry.

#179 Posted by rmills87 (537 posts) -

@DeF said:

This is kinda like a big deal!

I was thinking the same thing. Good luck though, Cliff. I hope you find another way to make tons of more money... :-\

#180 Posted by nightbird (58 posts) -

If he starts a new game company, I'm putting in a resume.

#181 Posted by Jimbo_N (1475 posts) -

One of the absolute greatest creative minds gaming has ever seen. I will quote my own lost over people I respect and admire for their work in the industry: "Very few can match Cliffy B when it comes to knowing what a gamer wants in a game and how to implement everything while totally avoiding frustration. Cliff has so much feeling and precision when it comes to designing a product it makes other game designers feel clumsy"

Good luck!

#182 Posted by Strife777 (1768 posts) -

That totally caught me by surprise. I never thought he would leave anytime soon. But he has been in the industry for a while now. I wish him the best, he's a great developper/personality.

#183 Posted by OCD12345 (34 posts) -

@leejunfan83: lol

#184 Posted by Yorkin (150 posts) -

Good luck to the man.

#185 Edited by chose (273 posts) -

Dang. Now I'll never get my Android Pinball 2. SHIT... I mean, DANG!

#186 Posted by cannedstingray (443 posts) -

I'm not super surprised by this...

Seeing him on the past few weeks of Bonus Round at GameTrailers, and the general way he was talking makes sense in the context of him leaving Epic

#187 Posted by Alkaiser (394 posts) -

Well, I wish him the best in his future endeavors. Whatever he does, I hope he's happy and lives well.

That said, I don't really like his games legitimately (Gears of war is fun, but I laugh wholeheartedly at the 'story that will make you cry' part) and listening to him in interviews he comes off as incredibly arrogant.

#188 Posted by Gscept (7 posts) -

Gears without Cliff means a"Storm of Bullets" for Epic Games!!!

#189 Posted by Paindamnation (837 posts) -


#190 Posted by UnsolvedParadox (1870 posts) -

Excited to see what his inevitable new company will come up with, I'm sure it will be awesome.

#191 Posted by dvorak (1510 posts) -

He should be and will always be addressed as CLIFFY B, DESIGNER OF JAZZ JACKRABBIT, AT EPIC MEGAGAMES.

#192 Posted by _Horde (851 posts) -


#193 Posted by michaelfossbakk (263 posts) -

This will sound more like a eulogy than anything, but here goes:

I remember playing Gears of War for the first time and realizing that I was going to love this game for a long time to come. From the gritty, dark co-op campaign to the addictive multiplayer, it was a game that defined a large portion of my life. As time went on and sequels to the series were released, I grew less attached to the series. Each iteration changed enough of the original palette that it wasn't Gears anymore (to me, anyway). It had changed. Fair enough.

When Cliff did an AMA on Reddit recently, he said, "I try to make it out to the coast as often as possible as it's truly my happy place, especially when there's a full moon. The beach always feels like the ending of Contact on those nights, and I half expect an alien to walk up that's in the shape of my long lost dad." When asked if his relationship with his dad, whom died when Cliff was 15 to heart issues, influenced Marcus' relationship with his dad in Gears of War, he said, "When you beat Gears 3 and watch the ending I think you'll find that my beach answer may resonate more."

So, while some may only see Gears for what it is on the surface (big muscles, guns, and gore), behind it is a human that is capable of expressing something profound even among the clout of all of the big muscles, the guns, and the gore.

Thanks, Cliff. You are an inspiration even if you don't know it.

#194 Posted by LiquidPrince (16516 posts) -


#195 Posted by supamon (1339 posts) -

Whaa? Truly shocked to hear about this. Cliff Bleszinski will always be one of the most prominent faces in gaming this generation to me. Maybe Cliff is following Rod Fergusson and jumping ship to Irrational Games?

Whatever his future endeavors, I wish Cliff the best in whatever he's doing next.

#196 Posted by probablytuna (4234 posts) -

That is really unexpected. Although not a big Epic Games fan, his contribution to the industry is unquestionable and is one of the more outspoken game developers and we need more of those. Good luck to your future endeavours!

#197 Posted by JamesJeux007 (563 posts) -

This is understandable. The man has been doing the same thing for his entire life, he wants to do something else for a change. Good luck to him !

#198 Posted by theanticitizen (299 posts) -

@theanticitizen: It's hard to look right, at you baby.

@sthusby you're my favorite
#199 Posted by twhalen (129 posts) -

Holy cow, I didn't see this one coming. And I was getting excited recently with his talk of Epic making PC games again. I remember reading an article on Gamespy where he talked about a remake of Unreal as a Bethesda style open world game. I was really excited about the potential...

#200 Posted by hollitz (2100 posts) -

Pretty surprising. Never been a huge fan of his games, but he seems like a nice, genuine person. Hope he gets some much-needed rest and lands on his feet.

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