In another surprising departure, Epic Games announced today that design director Cliff Bleszinski is leaving the renowned company, citing that he's looking to take a well deserved break from the industry.
"I“ve been doing this since I was a teenager, and outside of my sabbatical last year, I have been going non-stop," Bleszinski stated. "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."
Bleszinski has been instrumental in the development of many of Epic's games over the year, from Jazz Jackrabbit to the Gears of War series, and he leaves behind a 20 year legacy at the company. While the departure was amicable on both ends, it is currently unknown whether he plans to continue in the video game industry in some fashion after his break.
His departure makes him the fifth major developer to leave a company this year, following the exit of David Jaffe from Eat Sleep Play, Peter Molyneux from Lionhead, and Doctors Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka from Bioware.
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