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Old 10-03-2012, 06:29 PM   #1
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Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

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Epic Games designer Cliff Bleszinski announced he left the studio after over 20 years. Bleszinski offered no reason for his departure, only that he is looking for a break. Producer Rod Fergusson and People Can Fly creative director Adrian Chmielarz also left Epic in the last month.
Cliff Bleszinski began his career working on such titles as Jazz Jackrabbit and the Unreal Tournament series. He later help create the popular Gears of War franchise in 2006 and was most recently working on Gears of War: Judgment, which is being developed primarily by People Can Fly.
ďIn 20 wonderful years with Epic, Cliff Bleszinski has grown into a true design luminary, and his contributions to the ĎUnrealí and ĎGearsí series have helped shape the game industry into what it is today," Epic Games CEO and Founder Tim Sweeney said in a statement.
"Cliff leaves Epic with our gratitude for his many contributions, and our wishes for continued success in the next chapter of his life!Ē
Below is Bleszinski's full statement on his departure:
Iíve 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 Iím grown up, itís 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 Ė itís been one big, rewarding learning experience.
Iím 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.
[Source: Epic Games]
SOURCE - http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/a...aves-epic.aspx
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:58 PM   #2
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I feel like a hipster because the only game by Epic Games I enjoyed was Shadow Complex.
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From what I read of his intentions on another site, he just wants to relax before doing anything else.

I kinda hope he does his own thing and makes his own studio if he can.
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There's nothing wrong with that, it's the best game they ever made.
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The truth of the matter is: He hasn't really done that many amazing things. Not enough to justify the attention he gets or the way the industry respects his opinions anyway. The gaming media just likes to ride his nuts for some reason. In Zero's opinion the guy is an overly cocky douche. If it weren't for that he'd be all right.
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