Posted on October 3, 2012 AT 04:05pm
The long time creative director for the Gears Of War franchise – Cliff Blezinski, has decided to part from Epic Games after 20 years. Epic Games announced his departure today in a statement posted on their blog, citing that Cliff has left to chart the next stage of his career. Cliff Blezinski was the face of Epic Games better known for creating the Gears Of War series. He was also the behind the development of the Unreal Tournament series, Jazz Jackrabbit and many other games as well. Epic had the following statement:
“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!”
In his own words, Cliff also left the following statement:
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.
Gears Of War: Judgement is scheduled for release from Epic Games this March.
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