Gears of War has been a popular third-person shooter series since the first game was released in 2006 for Xbox 360. It dealt with humankind’s struggle against the alien Locust Horde on the planet Sera. Since then, three sequels have followed. The last game to be released was Gears of War: Judgment in 2013. The series won praise for both its single-player and multiplayer modes, with a particularly loyal online community.
Today we learned that Microsoft has bought all rights to the series from Epic Games. In fact, they already have the next Gears of War game in development. The Canadian developers Black Tusk Studios are working on it, and Rod Fergusson, who was previously the series’ director of production, will still be involved in a prominent role. Fergusson had been working with a new studio for 2K games, but has since left them to join Black Tusk.
The Gears of Wars games were always exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Windows, so Microsoft’s ownership should not cause too much of a change. The next entry will probably be made for the Xbox One, and it would not be surprising if the previous games were ported or remade. Since there were many rumors that Judgment would be the end of the series, most fans are pleased with the news – including us!!