Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski "fought" to develop a new franchise after the original Gears of War, the industry veteran has said.
"Those of you throwing the Gears sequels in my face have no idea how hard I fought for new IP at Epic after Gears 1," Bleszinski said on Twitter. "No idea."
"Confused Gears fans: Angry there's no Locust in Judgment's MP. Ask for Pendulum wars game, ;)" he added.
Bleszinski left Epic Games in October after 20 years with the company.
Since leaving the Gears of War studio, Bleszinski has said he may open a new outfit and get to work on a project code-named Silverstreak. At the same time, he did not rule out the possibility of joining an established developer and has met with numerous companies, including Activision and Electronic Arts.