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    Cliffy B Departs Epic

    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.”

    Said Tim Sweeney, Epic’s founder, CEO and technical director, “In 20 wonderful years with Epic, Cliff Bleszinski has grown into a true design luminary, and his contributions to the ‘Unreal’ and ‘Gears’ series have helped shape the game industry into what it is today. Cliff leaves Epic with our gratitude for his many contributions, and our wishes for continued success in the next chapter of his life!”


    “In my 10 years of working with Cliff, his passion for creating video games of the highest quality has been unflinching. We are grateful for all of his hard work, and remain committed to making our fans happy and to always raising the bar in everything we do at Epic,” said Epic Games President Dr. Michael Capps.


    “Cliff has been my friend and business associate for the past 20 years and, while it is sad to see him move on from Epic, I know that everyone here has benefitted greatly from his passion for gaming and the depth of his expertise and experience,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic. “I’ll miss watching his star shine from such a close vantage point but I’ll still look forward to watching his continued success.”


    We would also like to share an excerpt from Cliff’s personal note to his colleagues:


    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.


    We wish Cliff the best with his future endeavors. You can, too, via @therealcliffyb on Twitter.
    http://epicgames.com/community/2012/...-departs-epic/

    So what next for this guy?
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    Wouldn't of ever saw this coming.

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    damn, Rod Fergusson and now Cliffy. The hell is going on over there?


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    Wow. Wonder where he's going?

    Maybe starting his own studio called "DudeBro Games Interactive". Exclusive to MS of course.
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    I would've been throwing money at this guy for him to stay.

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    Damn, this is bad news, no matter where he goes it won't be the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBettaKnow View Post
    We posted our threads at exactly the same time actually.

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    I'm not doubting that. Just more people had posted in the other thread.

    Ironically us posting these two replies have made this thread have more posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBettaKnow View Post
    I'm not doubting that. Just more people had posted in the other thread. Ironically us posting these two replies have made this thread have more posts
    lol Yeah thats true but does it really matter who's thread has the most posts? The mods can always merge the two threads.
    Last edited by mistercrow; 10-04-2012 at 01:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    lol Yeah thats true but does it really matter who's thread has the most posts? The mods can always merge the two threads.
    Fusion.....haaaaaaa!!!!!1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Knight View Post
    Fusion.....haaaaaaa!!!!!1
    lol Yep. As for the topic it sounds like Cliffy B is "taking a break" from the industry so we propably wont hear from him for awhile.

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    I am puzzled what A guy working for Epic decides to leave has to do with Microsoft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by radgamer420 View Post
    lol Yeah thats true but does it really matter who's thread has the most posts? The mods can always merge the two threads.
    I couldn't care less what thread has more posts. Was just trying to help keep the discussion in one place

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    I've merged the two threads.
    Quote Originally Posted by keefy View Post
    I am puzzled what A guy working for Epic decides to leave has to do with Microsoft?

    Because this generation at least, he has been developing games primarily for the Xbox, and Epic is mostly known as a MS studio so, yeah.


    It is strange news, and odd that he didn't stick around for the release of GeoW:J... but good luck to him.

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    i think he either goes to MS to help with the next console or he'll go to EA

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBettaKnow View Post
    I couldn't care less what thread has more posts. Was just trying to help keep the discussion in one place
    Oh yeah I know. Its just that you were saying more people were posting in the other thread so we should all go there and us posting in my thread was bringing more posts to my thread. lol Anyway no worries. The threads are merged now. Order has been restored. lol
    Last edited by mistercrow; 10-04-2012 at 03:01.

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    Propably because Judgement is being developed by People Can Fly (loved their game Painkiller on the PC) even though Epic owns them.
    Oh that's right, my mistake

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungMullah88 View Post
    i think he either goes to MS to help with the next console or he'll go to EA
    Working with the worst publisher in the industry has always been a developer's dream!.

    He probably needs a break. I mean 20 years in the industry can give anyone burnout.







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    I'm very surprised. This guy seemed pretty dedicated to his team. Will be interesting to see what direction he will take in the future.

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    Why the lol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sufi View Post
    I'm very surprised. This guy seemed pretty dedicated to his team. Will be interesting to see what direction he will take in the future.



    Why the lol?
    Because Rad and DC both posted the topic at essentially the same time.

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    Good luck to to him with whatever else he decides to do.


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