Microsoft Talks ‘Gears of War’ on Xbox One

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The next generation of video games is almost upon the masses and gamers of all preferences are excited to see what the future of gaming has in store. One company that’s done a good job of providing a consumers with insight into future exclusives is Microsoft, which confirmed it has invested over a billion dollars in exclusive software for the forthcoming Xbox One. After the console’s official unveiling at E3 2013, Microsoft confirmed a number of exclusive games, but there was one major franchise that remained mysteriously absent from the press conference — Gears of War.

During a recent edition of IGN’s Podcast Unlocked, Microsoft Game Studios corporate VP Phil Spencer commented on the future of the series and confirmed that Microsoft and Epic Games currently have nothing in development pertaining to Marcus Fenix and friends. Spencer wouldn’t write the series off, reassuring fans that he’d love to take Gears of War in another direction in order to deepen the universe as a whole.

“I want to find a great Gears game, and I thought we did a good job with Judgment but I don’t think it hit the level of quality we saw in the previous games. I think review scores showed that, sales showed that, and I really think that we need to take a step back with Epic and think about — I don’t want to call it a reboot, because it’s kind of an overused term, but think about where that franchise goes and how to expand what it was.”

Given that Gears of War: Judgment failed to live up to the critical and commercial success of its predecessor, it’s not surprising that Epic and Microsoft are willing to move onto different things for the time being. Spencer indicated that talks between Microsoft and Epic happen frequently and that he’d “love to have that conversation,” but the development house has indicated that “Gears is kind of on the backburner for them” as they work on other projects.

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When the possibility of finding another developer came up, Spencer stated that Epic was the right team for the job, but was quick to confirm that finding another team would be a possibility if it became necessary. Even then, there would need to be some changes to the traditional Gears of War formula before such a project could be green-lit.

“Trying to find another team to do that game I think is possible, but you’d want to make sure you did that very carefully along with them to make sure we have the right thing in place.”

“I think that franchise would need to be, not reworked, but you need to think about how to expand the universe and what people are doing — maybe take it more gritty, I don’t know. But you’d want to do something with it because I think it did kind of run its course on 360. It doesn’t quite have the story arc of a thing like Halo or something, at least the way it’s played out in the games, and I think we’d want to pump that up.”

Obviously both sides are still scorned following lacklustre sales of Judgment — and there’s little doubt that the series will once again return as its hyper violent, Lancer-wielding self — but some time away from the series won’t do either side any harm. There are still plenty of other stories to be told within the Gears universe, so there’s no lack of source material for Epic to run with when it decides to tackle another iteration. For now, there are plenty of other Xbox One exclusives that’ll be made available for gamers — Titanfall recently being confirmed as exclusive for its entire lifespan.

Do you want a new Gears of War on Xbox One, Ranters? Do you think future Gears titles should be changed?

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Source: Podcast Unlocked (via IGN)

TAGS: Epic Games, Gears of War, Microsoft, Xbox One

  • B3TTY

    I loved gears of war 1. It truly was a fun game. I didn’t play gears 2 just because of it being slower than the first. I’m stuck on GW3 right now. I do love it and I find it fun to play with friends but the amount of stupid things that happen are insane. Between getting updated, no spawn protection, faulty hit boxes, lagg, and other things makes you want to throw your controller at the tv. If they combined the feel of 3(without the problems) with the look of 1 and the graphics of the XB1, it would be a great game. Plus bring back good maps like canal and depot from one, I’ll be happy

  • Turner

    Instead of bitching about which they should remake or which they shouldnt epic games should do what halo did. Make a aniversary collection with 1,2,3 and judgement. Ya judgement was to much like CoD but if you made the controls GoW style again judgement is like the others with different guns.

    Gears of war 3 was great still play it today Only problems is lagg, occasional delays and gears 1,2 were both awesome. 2 was just slow thats was the only issue with it all 4 stories to the games in my opinion were cool but thats my opinion.

    So ya they just need to make a anniversary collection

  • DrewTheFireLord

    I am a gears of war player I got half way to MLG then quite realizing the only reason i play gears of war is for fun. To be honest they where all fun but i remember the day preordering gears 3. i went home put my disk in signed in. beat the campaign then tried beast mode which was actually fun then i went to horde then came online oh my god i thought to myself i never played a better game and i still haven’t id love to go back in time and remember those days but we have to move on and wait for the developers to build gears 1 2 3 and judgement to the xbox one and maybe real lease a beta to the new gears that might be coming out? but i understand if you guys can’t.

  • o0DRAGON0o

    Gears is awesome judgment just sucked fix lag and it is the best sawed off is for those lacking in huh SKILL bring it back we will buy it doont base it off judgement base it off gears 3 style truely great game except for modder noobs

  • superman8815

    I want to play gears on my xbox one but i cant plz hurry im diein

  • GearsGod44

    I’m a gears fan til I die, it’s my favorite game in the world no joke. Please just make a anniversary addition like with halo, but do not make it like judgment, it was a terrible multiplayer the campaign was ok but nobody liked its multiplayer. Just the fact you only could play as 10 guys was rediculous, taking out the locust was the stupidest thing you did in multiplayer. Just make it like 1,2,3 please, but still I’m a huge gears fan just stick to the classics

  • Dakota

    I have all the gears of war and I love them all I hope that a new gamers of war comes out I bet it will be more epic then epic I hope that come out with a gears of war.My favorite gears of war is all of them I can’t pick which ones the best

  • http://yahoo Isaacman

    I honestly thought gears of war 3 was the best one if you were to make a remake of gears of war 3 for xbox one I’d buy it me and my friends would always play that game for xbox 360 non stop

  • Ken

    Pls make s gears of war game for Xbox one it’s been ages since I’ve played it I completed all the others now it’s time for Marcus and the gang to come back with some new blood