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Cliff Bleszinski Leaves Epic Games

Discussion in 'News & Articles' started by Sir_Brizz, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. Sir_Brizz

    Sir_Brizz Administrator Staff Member

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    Whoa! In shocking, last minute news of the day, CliffyB has announced his departure from Epic Games. Cliff was one of the original team that built Unreal and has been involved in virtually every game the company has released in the last 15 years. His contributions to the industry are nearly numberless and the effects he has had on millions of individual gamers will be felt for years to come.

    Cliff says that, while he has loved working for Epic, he has been going non-stop for twenty years and is ready for a break. Having met Cliff numerous times and talking to him on several occasions, I can say that there are only a handful of people with the same level of passion he has for the games he is involved in and the industry as a whole. It really is sad to see him go.

    That being said, we here at BeyondUnreal wish him all the best in future projects. It sounds like he is getting out of games for now, but I'm sure this won't be the last we hear of CliffyB.

    Good luck, Cliff!

    Update: Here is the official press release from Epic
     
  2. Synastren

    Synastren Explodious!

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    Weird. I posted a thread in OT because I didn't see any news stuff on the main page. I guess it takes a few minutes for the servers to update?
     
  3. Go&nd

    Go&nd Meow

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    Wow. :eek:

    Something about this makes me feel all wistful and nostalgic. :violin:

    I guess it's time for the next chapter in life.
     
  4. UBerserker

    UBerserker old EPIC GAMES

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    He made Vortex Rikers and Rrajigar Mine
    cya Cliff


    he really hated that art team at Epic huh? XD
     
  5. Capt.Toilet

    Capt.Toilet Good news everyone!

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    Good riddance. Now he can take himself and his Lamborghini out of the industry.
     
  6. _Lynx

    _Lynx Strategic Military Services Staff Member

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    Huh, the abruptness and the fact that I can hardly imagine CliffyB not being in Epic, is... shocking, I guess?
     
  7. Psychomorph

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    Being rather uninformed on the subject, but what exactly are his achievements that are so infuental?
     
  8. r1esG0

    r1esG0 Unreal Engine Padawan

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    O_O

    wow

    Reading this has leave me cold and shocked... its hard to believe....
     
  9. Gambit84

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  10. [NBK]Rattman

    [NBK]Rattman Goo God

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    Kind of surprising..but I wish him the best.
     
  11. Synastren

    Synastren Explodious!

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_bleszinski

    Creative director? Project lead? Don't know, specifically.

    Basically, he was massively instrumental in Unreal/the UT series, and spearheaded the Gears series. He's made something of an impact.

    Furthermore, I guess, back when this was still the Planet Unreal community, CliffyB had a map reviewing site, where he would only review the best stuff. He was a really well known part of the community for a few years.
     
  12. Manticore

    Manticore Official BUF Birthday Spammer

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    I was going to say that the last thread on him here at BU must have really pissed him off. You win. :lol:

    So long Cliffy.......... B.
     
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  13. hieloco

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    Well that is surprising, considering he was on Bonus Round on GT just a few days ago. But yeah, working on this field is tiring so I guess vacations are warranted!
     
  14. Selerox

    Selerox COR AD COR LOQVITVR

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    *retch*

    He also created IronDeity, Curse3 and Chrome. It very much spins both ways...
     
  15. QAPete

    QAPete Chief Muckety Muck

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    I originally met Cliff back at the UT release party (yes, I'm that old). He immediately impressed me as one of those rare people who has an exceptionally well-developed creative AND technical brain. Most people in this world are only really good at one or the other. Cliff was/is the whole package. He was also friendly, kind, and frankly, just a good guy. I am thankful to have been able to spend some time with him during the "formative" years of his career, and UT.

    He was always VERY willing to discuss any detail of UT and subsequent Epic games with me and other representatives from this site. While I didn't always agree with Cliff ("fixing" the scale of players in UT 2003? UT2003 in general?), I can say without hesitation that the Unreal series of games would not have been anywhere as good without Cliff's involvement and leadership, and Gears of War was really his baby.

    While we would kid around about him being such a fashion plate or "too cool for school," the fact is that Cliff Bleszinski is one of the most talented people in the gaming industry, then and now, and his talent, dedication and humor will have to be missed at Epic Games. Personally, I have always had an incredible amount of respect for CliffyB, and I want to wish him well in whatever endeavors he takes on in the future.
     
  16. Godfrey.Payans

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    So does this boost the chances of a UT4? It's getting on for six years since the last one.
     
  17. Raynor.Z

    Raynor.Z Ad Nocendum Potentes Sumus

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    Unreal Tournament 4

    Increase or decrease the chances, that's the question I'm also thinking about. :hmm:
     
  18. -Jes-

    -Jes- Tastefully Barking

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    My nerdy dreams of CliffyB and Carmack squaring off in a digital storm of gamecreating epicness have just been dashed.

    DASHED I say.



    Seriously, I had a dream like that last year. Only also with Warren Spector. And John Romero was there too, but only 'cause he could keep his fucking mouth shut.
     
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    Good for him. Maybe he finally had the revelation that there's more to life than gaming.
     
  20. DarkSonny

    DarkSonny Beware!

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    worst news i've heard even, wow, nao the ut is truly dead without the creator of this unreal world...time will tell if the other old ut team still inside epic will leave the ship

    good luck Cliff!
     

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