The developer was co-founder and design director at Epic and was responsible for many games including Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. During his 20 years with Epic Bleszinski built up a reputation as an eccentric developer, becoming an industry icon to many gamers.
Here is the message that Epic passed on for CliffyB via its website:
“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 [Capps] 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.”
It is not clear what Bleszinski plans to do next.
Here’s hoping that wherever that will take him, it will be just as successful as what has come before.