Gears of War Xbox Exclusive: Microsoft Studios has announced that developer Epic Games has sold them the rights to it’s popular Gears of War series, ensuring that current and future games in the series will remain exclusive to Xbox consoles. Black Tusk Studios—previously Microsoft Vancouver—will now be handling development on upcoming Gears of War titles.
It was also announced that “Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the Gears of War franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward.”
Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games said that he was proud of the franchise, and pleased that Microsoft would be able to “forge ahead with the Gears universe” while Epic focuses it’s attention on new projects. He also stated that “Epic remains totally dedicated to supporting Xbox One”.
“(We) are happy that this agreement enables Microsoft to forge ahead with the Gears universe on their industry-leading platforms.”
In regards to the news that Black Tusk Studios would be taking over development duties, Head of Microsoft Studio’s Phil Spencer commented that “Black Tusk has assembled a world-class team with deep experience and passion for the shooter space, and specifically the Gears of War franchise.”
Here at LootChaser we wish Black Tusk Studios all the best with the franchise and look forward to seeing where the series can go from here.