An outsider may look at the vast array of third-person action titles and shooters on display at this year’s E3 and think that gamers will play just about any game that contains enough blood, guts, and over-the-top machismo. But those in the know are well aware that an overpopulated genre is often the result of developers trying to recreate another studio’s success. One such group who managed to redefine the entire genre with a single game series was Epic Games, and their incredibly profitable Gears of War saga.
With the pre-release hype just starting to build, Epic’s Design Director is putting the persistent rumors of a PS3 release for the Xbox 360-exclusive property to rest, not just for Gears of War 3, but any titles in the near future.
It’s not as if the PlayStation 3 is hurting for shooters or third-person action titles, as this calendar year is chock-full of them for the console. But whenever a game gets more than a small share of the spotlight, those on the outside have plenty of reasons to want in.
As much as PS3 owners may crave a chance to play Gears of War on their own consoles, and industry analysts may say that Epic regrets their exclusivity deal, the studio has always maintained that Microsoft is a company they are more than happy to be doing business with.
Lest we forget, Bungie, the studio that helped the Xbox 360 become the system that it is today with its Microsoft-exclusive Halo series has since cast off its shacklesfor the freedom of multiplatform releases. With the winds seeming to change, and Epic confirming that there would be plenty more Gears titles after the current trilogy PS3 fans have had even more reason to be optimistic about the franchise arriving via Blu-ray.
Luckily, Epic Games’ Design Director Cliff Bleszinski has arrived to crush those hopes like so much Locust skull under a Gears’ boot.
In speaking with IndustryGamers, Bleszinski took the opportunity to stop the constant rumor-mongering by once again voicing the company’s contentment with their Microsoft deal, and stated that while such an announcement would grab headlines, it’s just not going to happen:
“I would say in the foreseeable future there’s zero chances of Gears of War being on the PlayStation 3. Can we bury that now? Seriously. It’s like, we have a great deal with Microsoft, they’re a great partner…”
“It’s one of those things that would be exciting news. Hopefully DualShock would get tweaked a little bit, but anyway, enough about that.”
To be fair, it’s not as if PlayStation owners are coming up with these ideas all on their own. Epic’s President Mike Capps has previously stated that the company would “love” to bring Gears to the PS3, but in that same interview explained just how much of their current success is a result of the support that Microsoft has given the series.
Any game studio would love to have one of the console makers choose their game series as one of their two flagship titles, and Gears of War has certainly reaped the benefits. After all, it’s not every game that gets delayed months just to ensure a profitable holiday release. Epic has clearly learned not to bite the hand that’s continuing to feed them, so while future Gears titles have a better likelihood of seeing a multiplatform release, there really is no reason to think they’ll want to rock the boat.
Sorry PS3 owners, but it looks like Gears of War 3 will continue to be a game that will either be longed after for good, or the reason to pick up an Xbox 360 console yourself.
The next in the series, Gears of War 3 launches exclusively on the Xbox 360 on September 20, 2011.
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