Next ‘Gears of War’ Not Afraid to Change Canon; Still in Prototype Phase

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Gears of War Purchased by Microsoft Black Tusk Studios Developing

The announcement that Microsoft had now appointed Black Tusk Studios with the development role on all future Gears of War franchise entries brought with it a lot of questions. Unfortunately, neither Microsoft nor Black Tusk was willing to provide answers at that time. All we knew was that Epic Games had relinquished (read: sold for likely a very high sum) ownership, and Microsoft was moving forward with the brand.

Now that some time has passed since that announcement, however, Black Tusk has provided a few additional details about Gears of War development. More specifically, Black Tusk Studios’ Rod Fergusson, also a former employee at Epic Games, clued gamers in as to how the studio is approaching their new effort and when gamers might be able to expect it.

First and foremost, Fergusson wanted to clear the air and say Black Tusk is only about 100 days into development on this next Gears of War game. What’s more, he reveals the game is very much in a “prototype” state, meaning that some or all of the game’s mechanics are still subject to change.

Fergusson further reinforced that fluidity by saying that the new Gears of War story is still a work in progress. Again, he couldn’t share specifics, but Fergusson did suggest that this new entry might deviate from current franchise canon, albeit if that leads to a more engaging game.

While the mythology of the Gears of War universe still has plenty of room to explore, Fergusson reveals that if it means a more “fun” game then he isn’t adverse to retconning or even altogether changing previously established canon. That isn’t to say the Black Tusk team will go out of their way to destroy the history created by the exploits Marcus Fenix, Dom, and the remaining Gears team, as well as the handful of Gears novels out there, but simply that a new team shouldn’t be bound by the rules established by the old one.

Obviously, Fergusson’s comments might rub Gears of War fans the wrong way, but until we see more of Black Tusk’s new direction for Gears, which will apparently innovate on and grow the franchise, it may be best to hold off on the petitions and picketing just yet. As they mention, development is still in a very early state and anything could change.

Do you care if Black Tusk alters Gears of War canon if it means a more engaging game? What elements from prior Gears of War games to consider sacred canon?

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Source: Black Tusk Rodcast (Via IGN)

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TAGS: Black Tusk Studios, Gears of War, Gears of War 4, Microsoft, Xbox One

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  1. aaaand this would be the point where I close the door on Gears, and walk away for good.

    • Why? You cant tell me that you play Gears for the story. Its all about the multiplayer, the story doesn’t matter enough to many people to walk away from the game because the story might be altered a little.

      • I absolutely played for the campaign, it had a well realized and consistent universe with set pieces that were legitimately fun to play in. The popularity of multiplayer is irrelevant because the topic is about the story, which wouldn’t need any sort of retconning if they had competent writers. I don’t care if the kids only buy it to play online, I don’t follow that trend, and I won’t be supporting this.

  2. I would mind if it was set with a different group of characters, but I’d prefer them to connect everything. This franchise always seemed odd to carry on because it felt it was solidified with the third game. They should make a HD pack for the trilogy for X1.

    • i thought i read an article about them could bring the trilogy to x1.

  3. I know the story for Gears isn’t as heavily beloved as the story for Halo was. But straying from Canon was one of the things that got the Halo franchise in so much trouble. Somewhere around when Halo Wars was created, large chunks of Canon were ret-conned and changed. And it really affected the feel and love a lot of people had for the franchise.

    Especially since it eventually helped turn a story about survival against impossibly powerful foes into something more along the lines of a Saturday Morning Cartoon.

    The ret-cons and changes just kept happening too, and the story lost all focus. It’s really never good for a franchise to do something like that.

  4. Sounds good, the locust wars are finish, so begin a new war, surprise us, and please, design a multiplayer were teamwork is important, and shotguns see less powerful.

    • No get back to focusing on shotguns. That was when the game was at its best, when you could go into a 3v1 and wallbounce their asses and kill em all. It was the most fun and took actual skill. Now all you see is a hammerburst take you down before you can get a roll off, its stupid and takes the fun out of the game when everyone is camping with assault rifles. The only thing I will say is that they need to find a way to take out the insane host advantage.

      • I also forgot say to mention that they should make play more consistent online, too many times you point blank a guy in the back and nothing happens and then he just turns and kills you.

  5. The core gameplay of Gears of War is amazing but they need to do a few things to make it better. A game like this should be in big locations. I’m not saying open-world but this is a warzone and it seems like each battle is in really small spaces. Give players room to breathe and let them truly see the scale of these big battles. Get rid of the nonsense where the door to progress won’t open unless you take out every last enemy. If the game is fun, players will want to kill everyone anyways. Don’t force players to go searching for a lost wretch in order to proceed. They also need to answer some major unanswered questions from the original trilogy while at the same time setting this story in motion for future games. I want a Gears of War 4 with a brand new story taking place after part 3. Save the subtitled games for prequels and spinoffs. I want a new story, not something shoehorned into the existing canon.

  6. my brother has all the games and i tried to get into gears… didnt like it for some reason but i enjoyed watching it… strange i know. if i was a gears fan i would be really annoyed with that title… if they are changing stuff they should just reboot the series. im sure the fans would rather hear that then them changing canon

  7. I understand for a universe like Star Wars with several dozen books written to uncanonize them to create a story people haven’t heard of yet, but for a video game franchise with only a handful of games and books made this far, completely disregarding them is stupid. Especially the games themselves, because their success is the reason Microsoft bought it. Essentially at this point they spent all that money just for a name.

    • I don’t see where you got “completely disregarding them” out of that article but that’s not what was said at all. And at least 90% of the people that have purchased the gears games are not buying it for the campaign, so I would say they purchased it so they could continue to grow the online experience.

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