In a shock announcement today, Gears Of War design director Cliff "Cliffy B" Bleszinski declared that he'll be leaving Epic Games to start the next stage of his career.
"I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year," Bleszinski wrote on the Epic Games site. "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."
Epic president Mike Capps and VP Mark Rein commended Bleszinski for years of hard work, praising his 'unflinching passion for creating video games of the highest quality.'
We wish him the very best in his future endeavours.