In an entirely unpredicted move Microsoft have acquired the rights to the Gears Of War franchise from series creator Epic Games. The Gears Of War series will now like the Halo franchise before it become solo property of Microsoft eliminating all realistic possibility of the series ever appearing on any console without a letter X in it’s name. As for the next Gears Of War in the series developers Black Tusk studio have been handed the hefty respectability of bring Locust et al. to the XBox One under the guidance of Rod Fergusson, former director of production at Epic Games. Here’s the official statement.
“Today we’re excited to announce that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the Gears Of War franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise,” reads a statement from the company. “In addition, we are excited to announce that Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, BC will take over development of the Gears Of War franchise and 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.”