Cliff Bleszinski Departs Epic

"Today we are saying farewell with warm regards to Cliff Bleszinski, who is departing as Epic’s design director to chart the next stage of his career. During the past two decades, Cliff has helped shape many successful games that have captured the imaginations of millions of players around the world. We are grateful for his influence on Epic’s legacy, from the wild adventures 'Jazz Jackrabbit' to the visceral combat of 'Gears of War.'", writes Epic Games.

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Relientk771783d ago

I wonder if he will work for another game studio now, or open his own

lociefer1783d ago (Edited 1783d ago )

''’ive 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.''

dang looks like he's leaving the industry as a whole :S

Relientk771783d ago (Edited 1783d ago )

Maybe he is taking just a break from the industry then will come back to it eventually. Then it would be interesting to see his next move, maybe he will start his own company.

[btw I didn't disagree with you, I agreed with you]

darthv721783d ago

with all the good things he had to say about naughty dog he might just land himself a job there.

After he takes some time to think things through of course.

gaffyh1783d ago

He's probably going to start his own studio, he could easily do it.

-Mika-1783d ago

I hope sony hires him. He an amazing developer.

guitarded771783d ago

I was shocked when I read the headline. Wish him the best of luck wherever he ends up.

EVILDEAD3601783d ago

Wow..that came out of nowhere..reaaly was looking forward to seeing Cliffy ride into the next gen..

I loved how he would rile up all the fan kids with the simplest of quotes..but he easily brought some need energy and personality into the industry.

Hope he comes back in some form after his break..but definately wish him the best


badz1491783d ago

and just like that, suddenly Epic's front page man quits! what gives? I'm no fan of his but wishing him the best of whatever he's going to do next.

knowyourstuff1783d ago

So he went from loudmouth Cliff who was relevant and making games, to the irrelevant loudmouth Cliff that people can hardly take seriously.

I wonder what will happen to Gears of War now that Cliff has nothing to do with it, we'll see the direction when the next Gears comes out next year, but beyond that lets hope it doesn't go the way of Resident Evil without its original creator, losing all direction and running off the rails.

SilentNegotiator1783d ago


He's just a posterboy. And even if he was the brainchild behind Gears....the dev team can just continue to do what they've been doing with the series; the same thing.

crxss1783d ago (Edited 1783d ago )

"One does not simply leave this industry after 20 years"

Septic1782d ago

Sad news but good luck to him on his future endeavours.

I thought he was a nice chap. He seemed really committed and involved in his games and the industry as a whole.

Denethor_II1782d ago

@Evildead "Wow..that came out of nowhere..reaaly was looking forward to seeing Cliffy ride into the next gen.. "

It was Cliffy who said "next gen is here. It's in a high end PC".

Gamer19821782d ago

This is no doubt due to being sick and tired of being forced to make games he doesn't want to. He always said he only wanted to do 3 gears games yet MS threw a ton of money at Mark Rein and Epic and they said yes. That must have hurt him as he wanted it to be a trilogy and leave it locked down. It was his masterpiece. He realises its not about the love of games anymore its all about money..

mewhy321782d ago

Well I hope that he starts his own development company. I'm saddened that the industry is losing such a talented design director. I mean no one can argue that Cliff isn't one of the greats. The numbers tell the tale. Here's to hoping he doesn't just completely fall out of the industry and is never heard from again.

Bloodraid1782d ago

Why is it that the last article about him hoping that the next generation of consoles would move away from discs was plagued with people hating him for whatever reason. Yet, now that he's leaving the industry everyone is pretending to be sad about it.

It's like if Capcom were to go bankrupt next week. Everyone here would act heartbroken and start talking about how great all of their games were.

The hypocrisy on this site just kills me.

Denethor_II1780d ago

No really, he did say that, lol.

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ShinMaster1783d ago

He's taking a break from the gaming industry.

So he won't be doing anything for now.

Muffins12231783d ago

lets hope he dosent turn out like...dare i say hes name here...Peter Molyneux

Bathyj1783d ago

Dude, that the first thing I thought.
I hope he doesnt come back all Peter Molyneux.

Any way, enjoy your holiday Clifford.

Jockamo1783d ago

Cliffy knew how to quit when he was ahead. He's a young guy with a lot of money. Maybe he'll travel or something..

Walker1783d ago

He will join to Naughty Dog .
He always said; I love Naughty Dog and their games .

dubt721783d ago

He can start his own, and gut ND of talent so they can work multi-platform...

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31783d ago

Why would he go from a company like Epic, which is one of the most successful indie companies out there, both critically and financially, all the while being their posterboy--to joining ND, a 2nd party dev company? It just wouldn't make sense, that would be a huge pay cut...

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fabod861783d ago

ND is first party dude ;)

ShinMaster1783d ago (Edited 1783d ago )

2nd? ND is 1st party. Fully owned by Sony.


I think 'darthv72' already said the same thing lol.

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31783d ago

My mistake, they are 1st party, but that just makes my point even more significant, because Epic isn't owned by anyone...Sony owns ND.

givemeshelter1783d ago

Naughty Dog is owned by Sony and as such can only make games under Sony's guidelines.
In other words ND cannot make games for another company UNLESS Sony gives them the OK to do so.
EPIC is independent and can make games for any company.
Why would Cliffy B leave EPIC a independent Game Studio that has HUGE resources and licenses out its game engine to most game houses for a 1st party company that is under tight wraps with Sony?
That woul dbe taking a step backwards for him

Legion211783d ago

@dubt72 epic is multiplatform, they're an independent company and can do whatever they like with their ip's.

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K-F-C_11783d ago (Edited 1783d ago )

@relientk Who disagrees to a fracking question?

Amphion1783d ago

What!!!??? Cliffy B departs Epic? ......Unreal.

RXL1783d ago

*drum roll and cymbal crash*