Cliff Bleszinski, best known for his work on Gears of War and Unreal, announced his departure from Epic Games. He was one of the co-founders of Epic and has been in the gaming industry for 20 years now. He leaves to move on to the "next stage of his career".
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.
It wasn't mentioned to what the "next stage of his career" would be. His work on the Gears of War series, and Unreal really made an impact in the gaming community.
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.
People come and go, that's just how it is. I wish the guy the best of luck in his future endeavors.
[Source: Epic Games]