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    Clifford "CliffyB" Bleszinski is co-founder of Boss Key Productions and was the lead designer at Epic Games from 1992-2012.

    Cliff Bleszinski Leaving Epic Games

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    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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    #1  Edited By patrickklepek
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    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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    #2  Edited By peetr

    This is crazy.

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    #3  Edited By Kazzenn

    Damn

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    #4  Edited By tyxja

    Wow. Well, good luck to you, Cliff!

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    #5  Edited By theveej

    wow

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    #6  Edited By jelekeloy

    Good for him, he's earned it.

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    #7  Edited By theanticitizen
    @peEtr call me maybe?
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    #8  Edited By nifehunter

    Huh...

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    #9  Edited By HappyCheeze

    Woah!

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    #10  Edited By halfdane1975

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

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    #11  Edited By iamjohn

    Oh shit.

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    #12  Edited By TheYear20XX

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

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    #13  Edited 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.

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    #14  Edited By leejunfan83

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

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    #15  Edited By wrecks

    Holy Shit!

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    #16  Edited By gerp

    Man didn't see this coming

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    #17  Edited By Dallas_Raines

    Shit be cray.

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    #18  Edited By bloodsoul5

    booooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    #19  Edited By BeachThunder

    o_o so what's happening with Fortnite.

    Also, Jazz Jackrabbit is awesome...

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    #20  Edited By DeF

    This is kinda like a big deal!

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    #21  Edited By Darkness2386

    Wow

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    #22  Edited By turboman

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

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    #23  Edited By colourful_hippie

    Good luck to him. I'm definitely surprised.

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    #24  Edited By Branwulf

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

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    #25  Edited By breenmachine

    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.

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    #26  Edited By MURDERSMASH

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

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    #27  Edited By Chris2KLee

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

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    #28  Edited By Plipster

    Well, I didn't see this one coming.

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    #29  Edited 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?

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    #30  Edited By Lukeweizer

    MY WORLD HAS BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN!

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    #31  Edited By chrishardyblue

    Wow, didn't expect this one

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    #32  Edited 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!

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    #33  Edited By WJist

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

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    #34  Edited By SlightConfuse

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

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    #35  Edited 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.

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    #36  Edited By NoobSauceG7

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

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    #37  Edited 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.

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    #38  Edited By cheesebob

    NOT CLIFFY B!!!!

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    #39  Edited By MikkaQ

    Well that's unexpected.

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    #40  Edited By Quarters

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

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    #41  Edited 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

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    #42  Edited By Wiseblood

    Godspeed you beautiful bastard.

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    #43  Edited By Cyrisaurus

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

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    #44  Edited 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.

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    #45  Edited By crusader8463

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

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    #46  Edited By drew327

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

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    #48  Edited By mikular

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

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    #49  Edited 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.

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    #50  Edited By nohthink

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

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