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Cliff Bleszinski (also known as CliffyB) is a lead designer for Epic Games. Cliff was the lead level designer on Unreal and contributed to Return to Na Pali, UT, Unreal 2, UT2003, and UT2004. More recently he has focused on Gears of War, serving as lead game designer.

Cliff Bleszinski

General Information

Clifford was born in 1975 and lived in Andover, Massachusetts before moving to La Verne, California at the age of 15. During his time in La Verne he released his first title, called The Palace of Deceit: Dragon's Plight (1991), through his self-owned company Game Syndicate Productions. He sent it to Epic Megagames, who offered him to make another title, which became Dare to Dream (1993). He has been with the company since, working as the lead designer for several franchises such as Jazz Rackrabbit and Unreal. Cliff got less involved with Unreal's later installments (such as Unreal 2, UT2004 and UT3) and instead worked as the lead designer for the successful Gears Of War franchise. He is currently working on the third and currently final game in this franchise, Gears Of War 3.

In May, 2008, Clifford Michael Bleszinski denounced his nickname "CliffyB" in an interview with MTV, saying that it's "time to grow up a bit".

List of Contributions


Return to Na Pali

Unreal Tournament

Unreal Tournament 2003/2004


  • There are pictures of Cliffy in DM-Asbestos, DM-Codex and AS-BP2-Outback
  • Cliff's name is on the Nexus Missiles in AS-Convoy and on a few street signs in ONS-Urban
  • One of the unused taunts in UT2003 and UT2004 is "You're almost as good as CliffyB"
  • Changing the player's name to "CliffyB" in UT2003 or UT2004 botmatches will cause bots to have the names of various Epic Games employees

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