The man that many consider the face, heart and soul of Epic Games, has decided that it is time to take a breather and leave the company. Epic Games made the announcement last night via its official blog. The split seems amicable enough for the creative force behind the Gears of War series.
"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," the company wrote on its blog. "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.'"
Epic then goes on to offer kind words from other high profile Epic employees including Epic founder, CEO and technical director Tim Sweeney; Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps; and Mark Rein, vice president of Epic.
But the most notable quote comes from Cliff Bleszinski, who offers the following fond farewell his Epic comrades:
"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."