Man... Cliff was SO much more than a "mastermind behind Gears of War". Seriously.
It will be exciting to see what younger new developers will come up with now that the faces we all know are getting out of the biz. When you look at a PC Gamer from 1998 or something and see issues like "The Gods of Gaming" most of those guys are in some form of retirement and have been for years, but the industry just kept on going. This is not the end, but rather a new exciting era of new hardware and new eager devs. I hope a lot of creativity will pour forth after 2013 (if we all are alive) and we get to see some seriously needed innovation.
With Cliff leaving Epic and the doctors leaving BioWare/EA a lot of big names seem to be leaving and taking breaks.
I'm surprised he has left Epic. It will be interesting to see what design decisions will be different now that he is not there.
I hope Cliff does eventually come back to the gaming industry as he has worked on some games I've really liked over the years.
I'd like Cliff Bleszinski to eventually end up at somewhere like Microsoft as I think it would be a good fit. Microsoft seem adverse to taking risks but maybe willing to listen to someone like Cliff Bleszinski as his previous track record of working with them (i.e. the Gears of War series) has been good and Cliff Bleszinski does seem very much like a core gamer with some good ideas.
I hope he doesn't go off to do smaller titles as I think he does well with big budget AAA rated games.
20 years! that's a looong time to be working in the same place...also, How old is this dude? Was he working at Epic since he was 15 or something?
He was born in 1975, making him 37 years old. He started working at Epic at 17.
Before you say it, yeah, that's fucking crazy.
First the Bioware Doctors now Cliffy B, wonder what this says about the video game industry as a whole.
Such incredibly different circumstances, reading into that will lead you down a DARK path. The difference is that Epic is pretty content with their place in the industry and have clearly been able to do what they want, with Fortnite. I don't think he's a broken man like the Doctors were.
Thats a pretty big blow to Epic, he is pretty much their poster boy at the moment and whilst im sure life goes on and they will still make games people like, they will have a hard time finding someone who enjoys being in the public eye as much as him. This not long after Ferguson left too, is that Gears of War done then?
sounds like the invisable hand of eleoctrin arts is behind this...........
EA are largely to blame for what's going on at Bioware, but I don't think you can blame them for everything that happens.
It's more probable that Microsoft is paying them bags of money to keep making Gears of War games and he wants to move on to do something else. Pretty much the same situation as Bungie were in a few months back, except there it was with the whole studio.
Jazz Jackrabbit was one of my first and favorite action games. I don't know how much he wrote of the hilarious comic in the manual, but this humor always felt like Cliffy B to me. Fare thee well, Cliffy! Can't wait to see what you're up to next...
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