Gears of War now belongs to Microsoft

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The Gears of War franchise has been exclusive to the Xbox 360, but now that the Xbox One is out, what’s the future going to be like for the sci-fi shooter? Epic Games was responsible for developing the games, including last year’s Gears of War: Judgement. Now Microsoft has announced that it has acquired the Gears of War franchise which includes the IP, previous games and assets, and the rights to produce future games.

With Epic Games on the sideline, who will be in charge of developing the franchise? The lucky studio is Black Tusk Studio, Microsoft’s studio based in Vancouver. Hanno Lemke will be the general manager of the studio, with Rod Fergusson leading future Gears of War titles. Fergusson was also the producer for Gears of War 1 to 3.

Fergusson 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.”

Via Forbes

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