CliffyB Ends His Epic Career
"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.”," announced Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder, CEO and technical director.
Anytime a major change happens to a company we wonder if the company can still go on and still create the magic. I believe that despite this change Epic Games will go on and continue to do great things. The Pink Lancer Event will still happen, Epic Games will still be at the Montreal International Game Sumit (MIGS), and Gears of War: Judgement will still come out and quite possibly be hailed as the greatest Gears yet. I and many others, however, will miss Cliff as part of the video game industry. He represents what video gaming is and all the potential that video games has. Cliff Bleszinski is what is great about video game making. He was the inspiration to the people at Epic - the people who helped make Epic the gaming giant it has become - not Epic itself. Cliff even said,"I will miss the projects, the play tests, the debates, and most importantly, the people. Epic only hires the best of the best..." He created the teams, he inspired the people, he didn't leave Epic Games he just set down the torch for someone else to take and run with it.
Look at it this way, Epic announced his departure on October 3 and on that same day Epic announced the student game development competition. This competition, using the Unreal Engine 4, could help Epic find the next CliffyB. The newest inspiration to their team. The person moving video games to the next unthinkable level. Cliff leaving Epic is a changing of the guard of sorts, with his career spanning more than two decades, it was just time for a "much needed break." We are sorry to see Cliff go but he and his work will no doubt be placed in the same innovative league as Shigeru Miyamoto, Nolan Bushnell, Steve Russell, and Steve Jobs. He will be the source of inspiration to the next one brave enough to now carry the torch. Question is who will pick it up and run with it?