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

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  1. i could honestly go for them to remake the franchise lol. all 3 in one game as far as the story goes and obviously have multiplayer lean towards gow3. i just want gow on the new gen console i dont care if its the same story. im sure the graphics would be dope and online would be just as fun on the new console. thatll keep me occupied until they drop a new gears title that focuses on a new story and upgrades to the multiplayer but in positive note not like judgment.

    • i think honestly if you would go a hold new team try to get one of the biggest companies alive to help you do the hole storyline, i like the way gow’s campains are but i think if u got someone like capcom or konmi to help it would not only take the series into a darker dimention as far as the gears francize and gears world i loved the only off all of them i would love for epic to combine companies ideas i wasnt impressed with the active shot but i am fond of combining all 4 into one but i would also like to see towards the end of the game alil bit of new stuff

  2. Gears of War 1 is way better than 2,3 and Judgment. The problem with 2,3 and judgment they change the gameplay, they made it like a Call of Duty game with the lancer and hammer burst you couldnt run anymore because the bullets hold you back. Those games run slow compare to Gears 1, the blood on GoW1 looks awsome on those other games looks all fake. The only thing i hate about Gears 1 is the active reload on the snipe but thats no biggie the game rocks! and people still paly it. BRING BACK GEARS OF WAR 1 GAMEPLAY!!!!!!!

    • Couldnt agree more…..there are some great additions to 2 & 3 but I’d prefer the game with the ability to pull the trigger on the gnasher while I’m roadie running and no stopping power and keep the recover time to 3-5 seconds like everyone actually played it in gears 1. Besides that…2-piece….go back to having enough time to shoot someone that smacked you before they blow you away because you are completely stunned..

    • I agree. I was a fan and still a fan of Gears of War 1. After that, everything else was awful. #2 was the worse one yet. I hated it. Epic screwed up. I think Microsoft could bring in another player and remake another game base off the Gears of War 1.

      • Wow really gears of war 2 was quality couldnt tell you how much time i spent on that game with quite a few off my mates. without a doubt the best gears of war and i wkuld go as far as saying best game on the xbox i played, but i now have an xbox one and iv have got all games which are out for it atm and accept for ryse which i played a few times as it is a great game theres nothing else i like and has kept me playing it would love to see some of the xbox360 clasics on xbox one dashboard available for download :-)

    • You are just bad at gears. Gears 2 was the best one it was just a LOT slower. It had the most maps and people probably logged more hours on it than any other gears game. Gears 3 was way faster than Gears 1 ever was, it was just really cartoony, colorful, and nonsense happened. GOW:J was the only game like CoD in anyway that game took out the mechanics of Gears and left people with a heaping pile of mess.

  3. I say start from way in the beginning cause we still don’t know what had happen to Marcus’s father and how Marcus ended up in that jail In the first part. So I personally think they should go upon Marcus story and how he ended up there and what happen to his father and how him and dom actually became friends cause we seen Bairds and Coles story wat bout Marcus and doms.

    • I doubt they will do that as the story of marcus is explained in a gears book called the slab(I have it) and dom’s relationship with marcus is expanded on in the first book:Aspho fields.the games are suppossed to show things that the books don’t and vice versa

    • Your statement shows inept towards the series, How Marcus goes to the slab and what happened to Adam are all in the books/comics, there is so much more to this series than just the games now Also books take care of how Dom and Marcus knew each other Asphos Field book sums it all up there. If you were a true Gears fan you would at least know the Storyline of everybody up till they released Judgement since it was obvious Epic Sold their souls to attempt higher sales with that flop.

  4. I would love to have a gears on the xbox one. But I honestly have to say that gears 2 was the best one, gears 1 was alright. I disliked the many changes they made on gears 3 & Judgement, like all the new weapons they added mainly the retro and sawed off but I hope to see a new one in the near future.

  5. Epic should make a Gears of War for Xbox one. It should be made like Gears 1,2 and 3.
    Epic should stay away from the judgement looks of the game and stick to the original.

    (Gears player)

  6. I love gears of war. But i love gore the more gore the better. Please make a new game for xbox one. Thx

  7. Halo is corny and run its course for me, f*** it’s story arc GEARS OF WAR is the s*** always has been, always will. I trust epic will never part ways with Microsoft and vise versa. The gameplay out weighs halo 2 to 1. So judgement obviously wasn’t a real follow up to gow 3 I think we all know that but to be honest the game ended quick but was still awesome as always! If Microsoft doesn’t choose epic for the new gears of war 4 it will be the worst mistake they ever made. It will be another great franchise stripped of its true feel and all diehard gamers will stop playing it. Let’s be patient I TRUST epic will blow us away

  8. The original Gears of War was what made me decide to get a 360 and I never looked back. I want a new Gears more than I want any other game.

    • Same here. The first gears was great

  9. Yes PLEASE!

  10. I would love one during the pendulum wars. Featuring Carlos Santiago

  11. Bring Gears back, i dont care how or whitch. I am the greatest gears player too ever touch the controller. and with the xbox one controller, i wont be stop’d, F*** yall mods. LONG LIVE GEARS !

  12. I am sure all the devs etc will read my very valuable comments, and that they will use my feedback to improve their game series, yeah, right.

    So I played the frack out of gears 1. Like 5 -8 hours a day at some points.

    I purchased 2 and 3 on the basis that 1 was so so so so good.

    2 and 3 were not.

    Some other posters have alluded to this, but the critical thing missing from 2 and 3, which was what made gears one just so fun: “the hero factor” ie you had the ability in gears 1 to take on all 4 players on the opposing team and win. Wouldn’t happen often, but the ability was there. In 2 and 3, the increase in the strength of the lancer meant suppressive fire and team tactics was preferential to ‘hero-ing’ it.

    Fine, I can see the merit in that, and who it appeals too, COD players.

    Why oh why did you ruin the franchise by trying to emulate the game play in the reality type FPS games, most note-ably headlined by COD? That was the joy of gears! that it didn’t play like COD!

    Honestly, the story only needs to be a 6/10. Even don’t make a campaign, no one plays them anymore, put those R&D dollars into refining the multiplayer game-play.

    Most importantly, KISS. Apart from the hero factor the simplicity of gears one was p[art of its winning formula. Simple maps. Great maps. I think gears 1 had some of the best maps in any FPS. Simple game play. 4 on 4 worked well for this type of game play. Sure your BFs etc on PC are seeing 64 on 64 and more levels of players now, but trust me guys the UX (user experience) of playing 4 on 4 with hero ability was the winning formula for gears 1.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE replicate this for xbox1.

  13. Yes I absolutely feel you should wipe the slate clean and start all over (using the same 3rd person combat mechanics) literally a clean canvas-a new story-a new line of lovable characters-a new enemy-multiplayer must still have the weaponry as gears of course along with wall bouncing but let’s not overpower weapons now-basically don’t change the physic and movement of the characters just bring a whole new world (little mermaid) a new threat-gears of war could be the best game ever created if done right-good story is key as well as multiplayer-I believe that cliff did a great job introducing the game to the lot of us-sliding into cover-shooting over walls while aiming and the intense 1v1′s that no game can compare to-but cliffy could only bring the game so far not nearly as far as it’s full potential-you bring a group of developers that have there heart mind and soul dedicated to this game I guarantee you will produce a game so brilliant that the heavens would fall from the sky—we miss you gears come back to us!!!! I speak on behalf of the gears community thank you for reading

  14. I would have been totally content with the same game of GOW3 but with some new maps. Look at the numbers of players still logging in live every night for multiplayer, GOW 3 will always be my top pick of any console and any game. Judgement was a huge let down, like a totally different game.

  15. F##k Xbox one make the pendulum wars for the 360!!!!!!!! we don’t like the Xbox one! And use new characters but put in a carmine!!!!!!

  16. Please get on with gears of war on xbox one luv them games

  17. I LOVE the Gears of War series.

    I hope they will make a new episode on Xbox One, but I also would like
    (just like the Halo Masterchief) to see the first three (3) Gears of War parts remake on Xbox One, inclusive all the DLC etc. They can take my money :-)

    I must say that in experience the new brand, I liked GoW1 better, but I liked the way you could play co-op (4 persons) in GoW3 more. Maybe if they remake all GoW parts, they could make a 4 player co-op in GoW 1?

    Still…. I miss GoW on Xbox One and I hope the publishers will get the point that most players miss GoW on Xbox One, and if they keep Gow1 to 3 instead of Judgement (wich wasn’t that bad at all btw…) they will sell enough copies global :-)

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