Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

The creator of Gears of War has left his position at development studio Epic Games. Epic announced the news in a blog post today, saying that designer Cliff Bleszinski has left to “chart the next stage of his career”.

Bleszinski, who worked at Epic for 20 years, was often the face of the company and the creative vision behind Gears of War, Jazz Jackrabbit and many of Epic’s other games. He’s well known for his outspoken views, openness with fans, and significant contributions to both the Unreal game franchise and the ubiquitous Unreal Engine.

“In 20 wonderful years with Epic, Cliff Bleszinski has grown into a true design luminary, and his contributions to the ‘Unreal’ and ‘Gears’ series have helped shape the game industry into what it is today,” wrote Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “Cliff leaves Epic with our gratitude for his many contributions, and our wishes for continued success in the next chapter of his life!”

Bleszinski had his own words to add:

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.

The next Gears of War game, Gears of War: Judgment, is scheduled for release this coming March.

Cliff Bleszinski Departs Epic [Epic Games]


  • I was quite glad when I heard of this news, mainly because i’m tired of Cliff always talking about the Gears franchise as he lays down examples during his interview and such. I think this man has a lot of potential, and Epic games hasn’t really shown much innovation besides their two main franchises which are nothing more than tough guys killing monster aliens.

  • I’m pretty surprised by this news. In a lot of ways, Cliff was EPIC (along with the guy who designs UE), and he seemed to have free run of the place. This would be like Gabe leaving Valve.

  • I used to think Cliff was a douchenozzle who was one of those dude-bros of the games industry on par with Romero. I think as I got older I noticed that it wasn’t arrogance but more passion that drove him. He’s one of the key figures of the industry and will be missed, best of luck with what you go onto doing.

    • Way back in the day he used to take a lot of crap from Something Awful and co., but he took it with such good humour it was hard not to respect him. CliffyB, I salute you.

  • Dude (Huge) deserves the break. I expect he’ll announce his own studio later next year, and I will be very interested to see what comes out of it.

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