One of the outstanding titles from the last generation has been uncommonly quiet so for in the lead up to the new generation.
Gears of War was one of the catalysts for the success of the Xbox 360 in the last gen and it would be obvious for Microsoft to secure the continuing franchise on their black beast for this gen.
However it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen with Phil Spencer recently stating
It’s Epic’s franchise. You and I both know that. I can’t make any assurances about anybody else’s franchise. I’m a huge fan of the franchise. I want to continue to work with Gears. I think there’s a lot of life left in that franchise. We had an internal discussion on it even yesterday. It’s something that’s active in discussion about what we can do with Gears. Obviously, I know [Epic’s management] Tim Sweeney, Mark Rein, Jay Wilbur incredibly well, so nothing to announce yet and I’d say, yes, there’s nothing even pending that I’m holding to announce, but I understand the importance of the franchise to the Xbox platform and to gamers—I’d say gamers first. It’d be great to do something forward with that franchise
So Microsoft are desperate to have it and are now even publicly stating it which to me is a last gasp attempt to secure the exclusive rights again.
Epic on the other hand were recently consumed by a giant Chinese consortium which means that profits above all else is what they will be chasing now and unless Microsoft can offer enough bonus money to cover the entire PlayStation fanbase then I just don’t see it happening.
You never know we may be seeing Gears of War: The Unveiling on Coral pink Nintendo DS’s in the near future. It will be a turn based strategy game where you have to catch all the locusts and then evolve them into lambent version of themselves.
The chainsaw unfortunately had to be replaced but all the female parts are now at least now taken by barely mature girls wearing skimpy school outfits with massive breasts… oh no wait that’s Japan.
Do we have an offensive stereotype for Chinese games yet?
Oh and there is a rumour that this will become a PlayStation exclusive, personally I don’t think there is a chance in hell of that happening. No company is stupid enough to turn their back on their entire user base are they?
Last Updated: November 26, 2013