Microsoft has bought the rights to one of our favourite gaming experiences, Gears of War. Epic have previously shipped 4 really good games featuring COG soldiers doing their best to get the Locust Horde to ‘bring it on!’. Even this far into the series GOW: Judgement wasn’t too bad an outing despite being a sequel.
“By acquiring this franchise, Microsoft Studios will continue to offer them more of their favorite games and entertainment experiences from the “Gears of War” universe”
So why has Microsoft brought this franchise? It’s a tactical move to keep one of the Xbox’s most successful franchises with the Xbox thus retaining Gears as an incentive to buy the new Xbox One unit for the next release in the series – surely it will only be available for that new platform but that’s just speculation.
What is not speculation is that Rod Ferguss, a Gears alumni, will be overseeing the development of the next game by way of Candian game studio Black Tusk Studios. This will be done under the watch of Hanno Lemke. He said:
In fact we will collaborate closely with Epic to ensure the inclusion of the Unreal Engine technology into the “Gears of War” franchise going forward remains consistent with the high quality fans have come to expect from the franchise.
So let the guessing begin. Where will Gears go? Will there be a Gears 4 featuring Marcus? Will it be set 30 years in the future and feature the troubled son of Marcus and Anya? Will it be another prequel story? Will it be the Pendulum Wars where waring governments pit their soldiers against each other on to realise they have wasted their efforts?