It has been announced today that Microsoft have gained the rights to Epic Games popular third person shooter, Gears of War.
The studio that is now in charge of the title is Black Tusk studio who are based in Vancouver. The studio gave the following statement announcing the big news!
“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,”.
“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.”
A statement was later given by non other than the CEO of Epic Games Tim Sweeney reading.
“Epic Games has reached an agreement to sell the Gears Of War intellectual property rights to Microsoft,” the statement read.
“We’re very proud of the franchise we built in close partnership with Microsoft over the past decade and are happy that this agreement enables Microsoft to forge ahead with the Gears universe on their industry-leading platforms as Epic concentrates its efforts on new projects.
“Epic remains totally dedicated to supporting Xbox One and is licensing the Unreal Engine 4 technology to Microsoft in support of their future projects.”
According to the General Manager of Black Tusk Studios, Hanno Lemke, the studio is going to continue to work within close proximity of Epic Games “to ensure the inclusion of the Unreal Engine technology into the Gears of War franchise going forward remains consistent with the high quality fans have come to expect from the franchise.”
Gears of War was an extremely successful launch title for the Xbox 360 which has produced equally successful sequels, the franchise has sold over twenty-two millions copies worldwide and I personally don’t think the success will end here. I believe that this is the right move for Epic Games as they can move onto other projects just like Bungie did with the more so popular Halo series.
I look forward to see the outcome of this move and will post any further developments to the story.