Bleszinski: Gears of War franchise is in great hands without me

Influential designer on original trilogy Cliff Bleszinski says he won't join Microsoft or consult on future of the franchise.

Cliff Bleszinski, who has worked on every installment in the Gears of War series to date, will not have any involvement whatsoever with the franchise moving forward. Following Microsoft's acquisition of the Gears of War franchise today from Epic Games, Bleszinski wrote on his blog that he's looking to the future, not the past.

"I’m not going to move to Vancouver and work on it," Bleszinski said about the possibility of joining new series developer Black Tusk Studios. "I'm not going to consult on it. My headspace is in the future now, not the past. I have come to realize that until you give people something new to focus on they will obsess about the past. (good problem to have!)."

Though Bleszinski won't work on future Gears of War games, Microsoft announced today that longtime designer Rod Fergusson--who worked in a leadership role for numerous Gears of War games--had returned to Microsoft to oversee the future of the franchise.

"To be honest, I don’t think the franchise could be in better hands. Heck, Rod’s Twitter handle, to this day, is 'Gears Viking.' Gears is just as much Rod’s baby as it was mine. He’ll take good care of her," Bleszinski said.

Bleszinski also revealed that Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer called him directly last week to inform him of the acquisition news. "Phil, you didn’t have to do that, you’re a gentleman. I appreciate it; that goes a long way," Bleszinski said.

It's not clear if Microsoft made any attempt to convince Bleszinski to return to Microsoft to work alongside Fergusson on the Gears of War franchise.

Whatever the case, Bleszinski said he believes Black Tusk Studios will "do a fantastic job" with the Gears of War series in much the same way that 343 Industries "knocked it out of the park" with Halo after Bungie left the series behind.

As for what Bleszinski is up to next, we don't really know for sure. He apparently has a pitch for a new first-person shooter. He has also spoken previously of a new IP codenamed "Silverstreak" that he'd like to work on some day. Bleszinski left Epic Games in October 2012 after 20 years with the company. He now wants to redefine his legacy.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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DarkZxion
DarkZxion

Mark my words: he's going to start a new studio to make games he's always wanted to make.

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

So. More Gears, Halo, & COD. In more 720p. Well La-Dee-EFFin-Da. It's a celebration, break out the good China... *smh*

coaltango
coaltango

nothing tops the Horde mode from Gears 2 & 3

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

Gears started off great but got worse with each installment. It's essentially the "Pirates of the Caribbean" of videogames.

Hellcanwait
Hellcanwait

I'm pretty sure Cliff didn't Work on the 4th. GOW and it shows, it was a sad joke.


GOW is a trilogi.


don't need some clown to tarnish a once great game series.

ObxChillin
ObxChillin

whats up with all the haters on here, GoW is one of the best multiplayer games iv ever played (except judgment) im looking forward to the next one on next gen 

el_swanno
el_swanno

Don't worry, Cliffy, the whole games industry is in great hands without you although I do hear there's some burgers that need flipping...

hadlee73
hadlee73

So this article didn't really seem to be about anything.

thomasn7
thomasn7

Looking forward to more Gears asap!

orktar_bunbun
orktar_bunbun

Old Blezzy was obviously high during that statement.

lostn
lostn

Look for Gears 8 in 2016.

lostn
lostn

Isn't it a good thing for MS then that Turn 10 doesn't want to do anything else but Forza games?

goldenagegamer
goldenagegamer

anything this loud mouth says Eddie Prints in hopes of working for him someday.

This guy is eddies hero at least once a month Eddie prints a love letter to this guy seriously its sad

meluvulongtime8
meluvulongtime8

Hopefully MS can make something better than judgement now that they own the rights. Have to admit I'm a lil disappointed it'll never come to PS4 now seeing it was the only series on Xbox that I loved, but totally makes sense for MS

AK1015
AK1015

No, CliffyB, it is not.

deathstream
deathstream

I notice that Sony, I mean Eddie, left out the part where Cliffy said that this should put the rumors that Gears is coming to PS4 to rest.


#M13PS4, Eddie, or you don't get your money.

shooters125
shooters125

Last time he said that we got Gears of War: Judgement. Still, if Microsoft gives the same care (and incredibly huge budget) to Gears like they did Halo 4, then it's got a shot.

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

As a hard core Gears fan I must say Gears is dead. Judgment.. oh dear. 

llantaeusll
llantaeusll

Few years ago, that would have been a big deal. I love gears 1 but gears 2 felt like an expansion. Gears 3 didn't really have my attention. If Cliffy B was behind Gears 2 and 3 then its good he will not be involved anymore.

chrisx2k3
chrisx2k3

I don't want anyone working on this project that doesn't want to work on it...That's for sure...Nice knowing you Cliff!

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

As if it was in good hands b4?

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

I know that this is being snarky but I was happy to hear that Cliff's not going to be involved.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

Who is this Cliff Bleszinski ?


Is he related to Cliffy B ?

cboye18
cboye18

"He now wants to redefine his legacy" His legacy? lol.


David Wise has a legacy...

mdboomer
mdboomer

God this guy likes talking about everybodies projects except his own.  When will he shut up.

telaros
telaros

wow, I read that title as "is not in good hands."

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

It would be awesome if you can control Skorge in the new Gears of War, i really want the character to come back, i will not spoiler anything of Gears 2.

blackace
blackace

@HellcanwaitEpic didn't even make GoW: Judgement. It was some other developer who sucked. Black Tusk doesn't suck however.

wivrlspaudn
wivrlspaudn

@ObxChillin Agreed. Pure adrenaline rush when you're the last guy vs 3+ players.

Love it for its teamwork also.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@el_swannoYou should check his full career in wikipedia before embarrassing yourself with such a stupid comment.

He started with Jazz Jackrabbit and now he is rich; all you have is a wrong gamespot post. What else have you done today, little troll?

ObxChillin
ObxChillin

@el_swanno lol he don't need to do that he is rich bc of gears aka one of the best xbox games ever


Urizen316
Urizen316

@lostn More like Gears 5, since it's just started development this week and there's a 2 year development. Sad attempt at trolling. 

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

@meluvulongtime8 It will be interesting to see how they enhance the gears experience. I am looking forward to it and you have to guess it will be exclusive to xbox one. And hopefully not the 360 for obvious reasons.

Ferg1213
Ferg1213

@shooters125 The quality of a game should not solely rely on money. Starve the creator of tools and he/she will make the best they can with what they've got. Give the creator endless amounts of tools and he/she may get lazy.

shooters125
shooters125

@Ferg1213 I blame People Can Fly. Judgement was waaaay too arcadey and the multiplayer was so bad me, my friends, and probably most of the Gears community went back to Gears 3.

lostn
lostn

@Urizen316 @lostn Nah, Microsoft will put more studios onto it so they can have one each year like Halo. You're right though, it won't be Gears 8 by 2016. Maybe 6 or 7. People who are dead will get cloned back to life, cuz MS just doesn't know when to retire a series that's run its course.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@Gelugon_baat Do you need to defend editors?  They have accounts. They can defend themselves. Hell Tom does it. Unless you work here. *Gasp I knew it* The plot thickens. 

meluvulongtime8
meluvulongtime8

@guitarist1980 @meluvulongtime8 I hope they do enhance the series and maybe it'll give me a reason to pick up an Xbone at some point.  Right now nothing is really swaying me towards one, but it's pretty early yet

shooters125
shooters125

@Ferg1213 @shooters125 I absolutely agree with you on the quality aspect. Take a look at Demon's Souls. A game that had very little to no marketing but received critical acclaim and spawned a spiritual successor series all because of how great a game it was. What I meant is that a huge budget never hurts, and that Microsoft plays careful with their flagship exclusives. That being said, the main reason I chose an Xbox One over a Ps4( I won't get Demon's Souls 2 :( sadly) was because of Gears and Halo. I still believe there is life in those series.

meluvulongtime8
meluvulongtime8

@MonstaTruk It's hard to imagine it being in 1080p with multi plats coming up short.  Resolution aside I'd rather see some growth in the series gameplay/story more than anything. 

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

It'll be in 720p. Will that be a good enough reason? :-/