Microsoft Has Acquired the Rights to the Gears of War FranchiseCategory: Gaming
Posted: January 27, 2014 09:52AM
The Gears of War franchise is one of the most iconic Xbox franchises, (arguably) second only to Halo. It also happens to be one of the most successful, with worldwide sales of over 22 million units, grossing over $1 billion USD. So it should come as little surprise that Microsoft would want to secure the IP's future and the company did just that, announcing earlier today that it has acquired the rights to the franchise from Epic Games for an undisclosed amount. The deal grants them the "rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise."
The official announcement also stated that Vancouver-based Black Tusk Studios will take over development of the franchise, with Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the Gears of War franchise, joining the studio in "a key studio leadership role [...] on the development of the franchise going forward." So you can consider this a soft confirmation that a new Gears of War game is in the works. Black Tusk Studios has yet to actually produce a game though, with its only other project being an as-yet-unannounced game.
At the time of Black Tusk's formation in late 2012, it was said the studio would focus on Xbox 360 development, but it's probably a safe bet that would now include the Xbox One as well. PC development is also a possibility, but Microsoft doesn't have a great track record with releasing Xbox games on PC, despite its insistence that Windows is a great gaming platform – go figure. The first Gears of War did make its way to PC, but none of the subsequent ones ever did. One thing is certain though: for Sony and Nintendo fans hoping Gears of War would be brought to those platforms, that dream is now dead.
Source: Xbox Wire