Gears of War IP bagged by Microsoft

News Aaron Birch
28 Jan 2014 - 06:32

There's no chance of Gears of War leaving the Xbox, as Microsoft has acquired the license...

Gears of War has always been one of Microsoft's major titles, only pipped at the post by Halo, and now there's no way we'll ever see the fat-necked third person cover shooter on anything other than a Microsoft platform.

It's been announced that Microsoft has acquired the Gears of War IP from Epic Games, and Black Tusk Studios is going to take on the series in future. Former Epic Games exec, Rod Fergusson, has also been brought on board to oversee the series.

This is good news, as Fergusson worked on the first three Gears games, but not the disappointing Gears of War: Judgement. Microsoft is clearly keen to return the series to its former glory. His time working on BioShock Infinite with Irrational should also give the series a boost, hopefully taking the shooter in a much-needed new direction.

"I'm extremely excited to be joining Black Tusk Studios to oversee development on the Gears of War franchise," said Fergusson to Polygon. "I've been privileged to work on a lot of great games with a lot of great teams, but Gears has had the most impact on me professionally and personally, so this really feels like a homecoming. I can't wait to share more with you all soon."

The next Gears will surely be one of the most anticipated upcoming Xbox One games alongside Halo, and is a strong exclusive IP for Microsoft, but we'll have to see where the story takes us when Black Tusk share more details of the project.


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