Microsoft: Next ‘Gears of War’ Must ‘Reignite’ & ‘Grow’ Franchise

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As many a jaded sports fan can attest, the loss of a longtime leader will always affect a franchise. Consider the case of Crash Bandicoot – a much loved and highly successful series, scuppered by the loss of its original, iconic developer. In short: no more Naughty Dog, no more quality titles from Crash.

It’s this exact kind of situation that Microsoft will be hoping to avoid when it redeploys the Gears of War corp on Xbox One. Having published the chainsaw-wielding series since its 2006 debut, the company will now assume direct control over the franchise for the very first time. With previous tenants Epic Games now completely out of the picture, and new boys Black Tusk Studios— formerly Microsoft Vancouver — stepping in to take the reigns, the series stands at something of a junction.

It’s a reality that Microsoft’s Phil Spencer seems ready to accept. Posting on his Twitter account earlier this week, the studio head responded to calls for a release window by instead releasing a mission statement of his own:

“I can say [the] first original GoW from [Black Tusk] has to reignite [the] franchise and grow it, [It] won’t be a quick turn [around] […] I believe we’ve built the right team to achieve that goal, I just want to give them the time.”

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With last year’s Gears of Wars: Judgment coming in for criticism over its solid, but samey play style, it’s no wonder the company is now attempting to distance itself from that game’s relatively unambitious scope. To see what Game Rant made of the title, check out our full review.

While it may seem unusual for a corporate giant like Microsoft to prize quality and craftsmanship over concrete release dates, it’s important to remember that this same stance served the company well with Halo 4, a game that succeeded beyond all expectation, despite also moving to a new studio.

Can Gears of War return to winning ways on Xbox One? Will Black Tusk be able to iterate and improve upon Epic’s formula? Which parts of the franchise require an immediate rethink? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check in with all of the latest Microsoft news, right here on Game Rant.

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‘Gears of War 4′ has yet to receive an official title or even a prospective release date. The sequel is expected to appear on Microsoft’s Xbox One system, with a PC port also possible.

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Source: CVG, Phil Spencer (Twitter)

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

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  1. I absolutely hated pretty much everything about Halo 4…. my confidence in Microsoft influenced games is pretty much non-existent these days.

    • Wow really?
      I thought halo 4 one of the best campaigns in the series.
      I love the depth they put into the relationship between master chief and Cartona, and the muliplayer is the best i’ve played since halo 3 in 2006

      I preferred Halo 1 though, i thought the horror aspect with the discovery of the flood was more encapsulating as an experience but Halo 4 still had a lot of meaning for me.

      Gears of war however is going to be a lot more difficult. They didn’t leave any hints at the end of gears 3 to move the story forward like they did in halo 3, and judgment was absolute s***, basically they have to somehow create a new IP from the already existing universe.

      Ive said this before but if their going to make it work.
      They need a new setting, and a new Enemy.
      They need to take the series back to its grass roots, Gears of war 1
      Bland bleak colors, Vibrate red for the blood and guts to make it stand out, brutal executions, and for the campaign they need to bring back the horror.

      What made gears of war 1 was the horror, you never knew what was going to happen, and when it did it freaked you out, i remember the first time i encounter the berserker from gears 1, i’m pretty sure i legitimately jump out of my seat and the next 5 minutes trying to escape and kill it was one of the most pulse pounding experiences of my gaming career.

      If they can bring back that experience then the game will be a success.
      If they release gears 3, same enemy, same setting, same characters it will fail. simple as that.

      • Amen.. Gears 1 was the best hands down! After that it was down hill for epic games. The gruesomeness of head shots and executions is what made that game the best shooter i ever played. :’( gears one was amazing.

  2. I hope this dont become a halo 4 incident cuz that game sucked in multiplayer cuz they changed so much and toke out a load of things. Judgement was okay they toke out horde for some reason and put in overun which was alright. Anyway I hope to see horde back with a join in progress for the first 10 rounds

  3. Bring back horde mode and you might stand a chance.

  4. Honestly I would be more than happy to even have gears of war 1 or 3 on x1 just for multiplayer! And that will keep me happy for a while… But as far as new gears of war they just cant simply attach anything to the series, because nobody I dont think in my opinion feels like paying as Marcus grampa running around with crane! UNLESS they do something like long lost brothers and sisters after long war was over climate and planet changes after time and they go back home to discover source or some type to save it and find out that they are not alone on journey that all the dead locus and cog that came in touch with “something” and kept growing and spreading over the long years….. So we get new caracters and new enemy new horror and gore!! with not forgoten history..

  5. Gears must go back to basics, for me the basis is gears of war 3. Judgement sucks, it has no executions and wapens are bounded by the caracter you play. Horde must return, and game types as KOTH en guardian in cool levels (maby re-create some old gears maps). Make a game with a good multiplayer and new executions and ways to kill youre enemey and i think it wil be succesful.

    Gow3 fan
    Kill1908

  6. Gow3 was gears at its best. I am a vet at the series iv been playing gow since 2006 and I know what will make a good gow game. Judgement was a fail but it did have a few good elements to bring to the table like being able to jump off of bildings and so forth. They need to use gow3 as the start point and get back to the horror from gow1 and only take the multi tear from judbement then move the story forward, I don’t want to see anything in the past, I think 1 flashback in the series is enoughf. The don’t need to dumb the game down to make it easier, like judgement there needs to be a true skill aspect brought back. I could go on and on but I got other things to do.

  7. Hope this will be good like GOW 1, 2 and 3 And not like judgment. They should put GOW3 on X1 Meanwhile just so we can continue to ply.

  8. Gears Judgement was a big dissappointment to me. As a huge gears fan, I have all of the novels, comics, etc., I’m torn between hope and indifference about this news. One big suggestion I would like to make would be that the game has a lot of potential with a huge list of stories to be told. The pendulum wars for example would be a great way to go. The war lasted 80 years so there in itself is a good place to start. And the game or games, could end with E-day and the conflict afterward. Most importantly, we need more Marcus Fenix! To show you how much of a fan I am, my gamertag is Sgt. M Fenix. Please listen to the fans and give us what we want. A Gears of War resurrection to be proud of.

  9. GOD I HOPE THEY BRING IT BACK TO THE PLAYSTYLE AND FEEL OF THE GOOD OLE GEARS 2 DAYS. WITH THE ADDITION OF NEW WEAPONS, CHARACTERS AND MAPS. THERE WONT BE A BETTER GAME.(AND THERE ARE SOME AMAZING GAMES COMING) I SERIOUSLY PLAYED GEARS 2 NON STOP WHEN IT WAS OUT. WHEN THE PLAYERS GOT SMALLER AND THEY TOOK AWAY THE GUARDIAN STYLE MAPS IN NUMBER 3 I WAS TURNED OFF AT FIRST. BUT IT GREW ON ME, AS WELL AS MY UN-NAMED GEARS SQUAD. I REALLY HOPE TO SEE THIS FRANCHISE GET BACK TO THE GLORY DAYS. ALSO…WHY THE HELL THEY TOOK THE LOCUST OUT OF MULTIPLAYER MATCHES IS BEYOND ME! IDIOTS….

  10. They need to make a Gears game that features Emergence Day. Have the CoG fighting the civil war amongst men, and then unleash the locust horde. They should eliminate the stupid gamemodes playing as locust creatures and create large scale mutliplayer maps with vehicles. Enable three-way battle modes, and come to a decided character movement speed. Too much difference between the existing games its annoying!

    • Star Wars Battlefront 3 is gonna enable battles to be fought from space right down to the planet in one. Gears should try this: fighting battles from underground to above ground. THAT’D be SICKKKKKK!

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