Microsoft Acquires Gears of War Franchise from Epic Games
Microsoft has now acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games. The development for the Gears franchise will be helmed by the Vancouver-based, Black Tusk Studios. Rod Fergusson, former Gears of War producer, will join Black Tusk to "play a key studio leadership role."
The deal between Microsoft and Epic Games gives "all existing and future games, entertainment experiences, and merchandise" rights for Gears of War to Microsoft. Hanno Lemke, Black Tusk general manager, states that "We hope to be able to share more news about Gears of War later this year."
In regards to the future of Epic Games, Wes Phillips, an Epic spokesman stated, "For people saying Epic isn't making games anymore, we currently have multiple games in development, including [Fortnite]." Fortnite is a "survive-the-night" crafting game that has been in development since late 2011.
Cliff Bleszinski does not plan to work on any upcoming Gears of War games stating, "I'm not going to move to Vancouver and work on it."
Sources: The Verge, Kotaku, Polygon.