cliff RS 5 Cliff Bleszinski Resigns from Epic GamesCliff Bleszinski, creative force behind Xbox juggernaut Gears of War, has resigned from Epic Games. A blog post on Epic Games’ website details the departure, along with quotes from higher-ups at Epic, as well as  a little message from CliffyB himself:

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.

I guess this means we’re not getting that Jazz Jackrabbit sequel I’ve been clamoring for. Regardless, I wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors, and hope he doesn’t stay away from games for too long.