Cliff Bleszinski, better known in he gaming world as "Cliffy B", is leaving his longtime position of Design Director at Epic Games. His time has come to "chart the next stage of his career."
Cliff started his gaming notoriety as a kid, clinching the top spot in Nintendo Power magazine on the Super Mario Bros. high score table. Taking a more hands-on approach, Cliff designed The Palace of Deceit: the Dragon's Plight in 1992, but his career started gaining speed when he joined Epic Games and created a tough as nails, machine gun shooting, green rabbit. Or to be more specific, Jackrabbit. Jazz Jackrabbit. His most famous games though, are the Unreal Tournament series and the Gears of War series.
An excerpt from his personal note to Epic
"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."
Cliff was arguably the best face of any game company. He was charismatic, outgoing, energetic and overall just radiated pure awesomesauce. Epic Games is personally my favorite gaming company and I am saddened to hear he's leaving. But, eventually people have to move on. It is an inevitability, especially in the gaming world. People get burned out. They need time to form a fresh start. New ideas. New creations. Whatever your path Cliff, I know it will be as fantastic as everything you do.
Farewell Cliff. Don't forget to rev your saw every once in a while.