As one of the most influential game designers of the past 20 years, the super star video game design director Cliff Blesinzski has called it quits with developing firm Epic Games. Not reading too much into this surprising update, it seems that as of now the non-stop creative junky just needs time to himself and his family. Back in June of this year Blesinzski popped the big question to his game industry girlfriend putting in motion a whole new mixture of life and responsibilities for the gaming guru.
Based on the official Epic page which discusses in full detail the departure, it seems genuine that the his now former working pals at Epic will be missing their go to guy tremendously.
Said Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder, CEO and technical director, “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. Cliff leaves Epic with our gratitude for his many contributions, and our wishes for continued success in the next chapter of his life!”
“In my 10 years of working with Cliff, his passion for creating video games of the highest quality has been unflinching. We are grateful for all of his hard work, and remain committed to making our fans happy and to always raising the bar in everything we do at Epic,” said Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps.
“Cliff has been my friend and business associate for the past 20 years and, while it is sad to see him move on from Epic, I know that everyone here has benefitted greatly from his passion for gaming and the depth of his expertise and experience,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic. “I’ll miss watching his star shine from such a close vantage point but I’ll still look forward to watching his continued success.”
Despite the heartfelt goodbye’s Cliff also leaves Epic and us, the gaming benefactors with a sense of hope for his next sequel in gaming life,
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.
“It’s time for a much needed break” he says. The last time I checked a break isn’t that long depending what it truly implies. Here’s to hoping that our insatible and selfish gaming needs cans once again be fully satisfied by one of the best gaming minds in the business.
Cliff we at GameInsider wish you much success in marriage and in your next business endeavors – just don’t keep us waiting too long, lol!