Epic: Gears of War sale doesn't mean we've quit game development

After selling its flagship Gears of War series to Microsoft, developer says it is working on multiple games, including Fortnite.

When Epic Games announced today that it had sold its popular Gears of War franchise to Microsoft, some saw it as news of Epic leaving development and focusing only on its Unreal Engine licensing and government contract businesses.

The Epic Games headquarters in Cary, NC.

This isn't the case, Epic Games PR managers have said.

"For people saying Epic isn't making games anymore, we currently have multiple games in development, including Fortnite," Phillips said on Twitter today. Another PR manager at Epic, Dana Cowley, said much the same: "We're still making games, don't worry."

Fortnite, a PC-exclusive survival game, is Epic Games' only announced project right now. Asked to name another project the studio is working on, Phillips said, "#secrets." Some of Epic's other franchises include Infinity Blade, Unreal Tournament, and Shadow Complex.

Chinese Internet behemoth Tencent owns 40 percent of Epic Games and has two seats on the company's board of directors.

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231 comments
Matthew PineTree
Matthew PineTree

Wow, man, do you have a PhD in psychology? You clearly must have seen right into my soul to have proposed that theory ^

Judge Ewbank
Judge Ewbank

Woah hold the phone we got a tough up in here.

Charles Snell
Charles Snell

you gears haters are mad its never coming to PS4

Charles Snell
Charles Snell

oh please cry baby sony milks their garbage oh wait they can not even announce games

Charles Snell
Charles Snell

thats right gamespot eat it Microsoft owns Gears

Herb Clare
Herb Clare

Its just a move to simply continue making money from the Grears of War name. Buy it, slap a new team on it, just isn't the same anymore. Time to move on.

Oğuzhan Çetin
Oğuzhan Çetin

judgment was a douchebag, this sale both ends EPIC GAMES and Gears of War legacy. Sorry.

Patrick Eduarte
Patrick Eduarte

Give the rights of Banjo Kazooie back to Nintendo! I have always hated Microsoft's guts.

Lucas Pearson
Lucas Pearson

yea but problem with this is that the francise will go down the drain just like halo did i agree that epic needs to shine in a new area so did bungie i jsut wouldnt count on future installements being as good as the originals

Del Scoville
Del Scoville

Well that's the end of GoW as a good franchise. When you die in-game you'll get a blue screen of death :P

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Hopefully Epic can actually make something good now.

deadpen
deadpen

gear of war 1 pushed the 360 to its limit (so epic said) and gear of war 2 over pushed it to be better than 1 right?!?!  So did microsoft buy it to keep it from pushing the one to its limit?!?! LMFAO

Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller

I loved 2 though and 1 was great Judgment is trash

Allister Baca
Allister Baca

I'm so glad to see the GoW universe to move on. After Cliff Blezinski left, I thought it was over. So this can be a great move in many ways. Lets just hope Epic is still working on FortNite

Simon Corbett Bsc
Simon Corbett Bsc

Kind of already was an exclusive so all this really did was confirm it. -_-

Nick Preveza
Nick Preveza

People are just afraid because the last game was kinda a mess... Also , microsoft should think bringing GoW to PC too .

Josh Mallia
Josh Mallia

I actually liked judgement and I'm not afraid to say it

Garry D Gordon Jr.
Garry D Gordon Jr.

Happy that Epic can walk away and do something fresh, hopefully not unreal XX

Craig Curran
Craig Curran

Gears Of W... huh, what? What were we talking about again... *snoooore*

Brian Eyekon Koehler
Brian Eyekon Koehler

Shocked not one user said the reason Epic Games sold it was because Xbox One cant handle Unreal Engine 4

Dominique DevilKun Smith
Dominique DevilKun Smith

Jorge Valdez ha ok lol Everquest Next, Deep Down, Onigiri, Planetside 2 and Final Fantasy 14 ARR would like to have a word with you

Jp de Villiers
Jp de Villiers

whew, good thing i played all the originals. Now i don't have to feel bad when M$ release crap

Jp de Villiers
Jp de Villiers

?REALLY? guess its not for everyone. I for one loved all 3 games. But never bought the most recent one. whew

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

If Microsoft hadn't purchased it, it would have went to PS4 this gen. Seems like a waste of money, without Epic, I doubt this series will survive.

Jorgos Nomikos
Jorgos Nomikos

Now lets hope for an open-world game from Epic with UE4

David Chang
David Chang

Well, I do feel bad for the Gears fans (if this is a bad thing, which I'm not sure of)... never really liked Gears though, just overmacho gorilla men regenerating their health behind chest high walls while obliviously fighting aliens (or whatever the Locust is) ... but hope this works out for the gears fans

Frank Sicoli
Frank Sicoli

343 did fine. Everything was amazing but the multiplayer.

Frank Sicoli
Frank Sicoli

Someone who has respect for the other console... why cant others be like you.

Dustin Hall
Dustin Hall

I was a hardcore Gears fan, but that time has passed. I moved on to PS4 as did most of my friends. I do think this is good news, but before I would even think of buying an X1 I need more than just a promise of a new gears game to get me to buy a system I already passed on.

Josh Hartwig
Josh Hartwig

Surprised people still play gears actually

Aleperez75
Aleperez75

Bungie has not shine yet. We really dont know how the new project will turn out. And Halo 4 was awesome, so it did not went to the drain.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

@Thanatos2k Gears of War was fun! Though I do miss old school Unreal Tournament. I'd be keen to see if they can do anything outside of shooters.

airfoemoe
airfoemoe

The 2nd is the worst. Glitchest POS I've ever played. Also, the final boss fight (if you can even call it that) was a joke.

Aleperez75
Aleperez75

The multiplayer was better than reach to me, it was much better.

Aleperez75
Aleperez75

Bad desition going to PS4. It has no games ans for at least a years XB1 will have Titanfall that seems better than anything PS4 has to offer. You were marketized.