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Microsoft acquires Gears of War from Epic, hires series producer Rod Fergusson

Yesterday the folks at Microsoft studios acquired the Gears of War IP from Epic games, which will let them have the rights to all existing and future instalments of the series. What this could spell is that they are gearing up (no pun intended) for a new instalment for the Xbox One. But why did they purchase the IP?

According to the head of Microsoft studios Phil Spencer the Gears series is what helps drive the Xbox consoles with the franchise making over a $1billion dollars over the years of it’s existence.

“This franchise, and these fans, are part of the soul of Xbox. By acquiring this franchise, Microsoft Studios will continue to offer them more of their favorite games and entertainment experiences from the “Gears of War” universe.” said Spencer.

This doesn’t spell the end of the partnership between the two studios because Epic said that they will still work with and supervise the projects when they start working on one, so don’t worry if you think the core Gears of War concept of chainsawing aliens to bits will be lost because that’s not going away.

This did show a sign that the series was going to continue to be Microsoft exclusive and the company is tasking Black Tusk Studios with the development of future Gears games, just like they did previously with the Halo franchise back in 2010 when Bungie made their final Halo game and moved on, but Microsoft continued to hold the rights and passed it on to another studio.

Another aspect that the Gears franchise won’t change radically is that the series producer Rod Fergusson has been hired to carry on with the project so you’ll know that the it’s in familar and capable hands. He’ll be part of the new studio that is developing the franchise and in an interview with Polygon, he said:

“I’m extremely excited to be joining Black Tusk Studios to oversee development on the Gears of War franchise. I’ve been privileged to work on a lot of great games with a lot of great teams, but Gears has had the most impact on me professionally and personally, so this really feels like a homecoming. I can’t wait to share more with you all soon.”

So what do you think? Can you wait for a Gears game to hit the Xbox One? Or do you think the franchise has ran it’s course? Let me know in the comments or Tweet at me @samcoles2.