Updated Jun. 30, 2014 at 2:19 p.m.

Cliff Bleszinski is back: He's 'out of retirement to make video games again'

Published: 2014-06-30 13:54:00
Updated: 2014-06-30 14:19:51

Cliff Bleszinski, the creative guru who helped developed multi-million-copy-selling video games "Gears of War" and "Unreal Tournament" at Epic Games in Cary, discloses in a tweet that he's coming out of "retirement."

Bleszinski. one of the better-known personalities in the video game industry and who lives in Raleigh, posted on Twitter at ‏@therealcliffyb:

"I'm officially coming out of retirement to make video games again.

"Stay tuned here for details in the next 7 days!"

The announcement was not a complete surprise. In January he told WRAL TechWire that he was working on a game project that will be made here in the Triangle.

The tweet triggered an immediate outpouring of congratulations and support from Bleszinki's thousands of Twitter followers.

It also ignited speculation, ranging from a return of Blesinzki to new development for Gears, which Epic Games sold to Microsoft, or perhaps another version of Unreal Tournament, 

"It's going to be a blast to finally tell the story of what brought me back. :)," he added in another tweet. 

Bleszinski is best known for his career at Cary-based Epic Games.

Bleszinski left Epic shortly after some 40 percent of the privately held company was sold to China-based Tencent for some $400 million in 2012.

His first non-Epic role was as an investor in a Raleigh restaurant, The Station at Person Street.

[EPIC ARCHIVE: Check out more than a decade of Epic stories as reported in WRAL TechWire.]



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