Gears of War has proven to be a very successful and important property to Microsoft over the years. Already with four games in the franchise, the series is getting ready to welcome a brand new entry to the Xbox One platform from new developer, Black Tusk Studios.
After acquiring the Gears of War IP from Epic Games, fans have been dying to get a taste at what Black Tusk Studios has been working on with rumors and speculation continuing to rise in the weeks leading up to this year’s E3. Not content on keeping people waiting any longer, Microsoft has released some big news for the upcoming game, as well as the studio working on it.
In a special edition of the Gears of War Rodcast, Black Tusk Studio head, Rod Fergusson, announced that the highly anticipated next entry in the Gears of War franchise would definitely be shown during Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year. Unfortunately for fans, this news doesn’t specifically reveal how much of the new game would be shown, so it could be just a teaser trailer or it could be shown off in an on-stage live demo.
“Speaking of Gears of War, we’re getting close to E3, where we will share more on what’s next for Gears of War. Specifically, Gears fans should be sure to tune in to Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, on Monday June 15 at 4PM Pacific to see what we’re working on.”
While the E3 news is exciting for fans of the franchise, Fergusson wasn’t done there. In a surprise announcement, the Vancouver-based developer has shed it’s former Black Tusk Studios name in favor of being known as The Coalition. The reason for the switch is so the studio is better associated with the Gears of War brand, similarly to what other Microsoft-owned studios have done (i.e. 343 Industries with Halo and Turn 10 with the Forza Motorsport series).
The new studio name not only plays on the fact that a coalition is a group of like-minded people working towards a common goal, but it also references the Coalition of Ordered Governments, which many fans will recognize as the name used by the central government agency within the Gears of War universe. With the change in studio name, it seems that The Coalition will be in charge of everything relating to Gears of War going forward.
Coupled with this news, the Gears of War franchise appears to play a large role in what Microsoft is bringing to the table in a few weeks at E3. A number of leaks from the long rumored Gears of War Ultimate Edition slipped out a couple weeks back after a few of the testers captured and released gameplay footage. In response, Microsoft banned the offenders for breaking the NDA agreement.
What do you think of the new studio name? Excited to see what it’s bringing to the table at E3? Let’s discuss in the comments!
Source: Xbox Newswire