Gears of War 2 officially confirmed?

Source: The cover of the March issue of GamePro magazine. What we heard: With over 2.7 million copies sold in the US alone, Gears of War has been an unqualified hit. So it would be totally unsurprising if the Xbox 360 and now PC shooter got the sequel treatment. After all, Epic Games' vice...

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Source: The cover of the March issue of GamePro magazine.

What we heard: With over 2.7 million copies sold in the US alone, Gears of War has been an unqualified hit. So it would be totally unsurprising if the Xbox 360 and now PC shooter got the sequel treatment. After all, Epic Games' vice president Mark Rein has fueled rumours that a sequel was in the works. As far back as November 2006, he told readers on the game's official forums that Gears of War was meant to be a trilogy. "If we can keep making quality games that fans obviously love...then why would we have to stop at three? I don't see the Metal Gear Solid, Mario, Grand Theft Auto, or Final Fantasy series (among others) stopping at three."

At last year's Game Developers' Conference, famed designer Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski basically said his employer does "intend to do a sequel" to Gears of War. Though Rein has steadfastly denied that such a thought has even occurred to Epic executives, speculation has been building that the next chapter in Marcus Fenix's fight against the Locust Horde would be unveiled soon. Given the relative paucity of Xbox 360 exclusives this year, the latest rumors have the game's unveiling being a surprise announcement at the forthcoming 2008 Game Developers Conference.

Today, two weeks before GDC, the fires of speculation were restoked by GamePro, which posted a cover touting an "Xbox 360 special report" about such games as Too Human, Ninja Gaiden II, and "Gears of War 2." Many sites, including GameSpot, initially literally judged the book by its cover, assuming a publication wouldn't tout news of a game that didn't officially exist.

However, shortly after the Gears of War 2 story was posted, GameSpot obtained a scan of the article from reader Steven Taylor (aka Terran499). Rather than official confirmation of the game's existence, the piece is purely speculative, laying out "what we should expect" from a sequel that "hasn't officially been announced yet." After running down a wish list of features, the article hypothesizes that "it's certainly possible for Gears of War 2 to slip until 2009, but we think Microsoft is pressing to Epic to deliver the game by the holiday season of 2008."

The official story: As he did following Bleszinski's comments at GDC 2007, Rein quickly denied the idea that Gears of War 2 could possibly be in the works. "It is complete nonsense," he said of the article on the official Gears of War forums. "We have not announced a sequel to Gears of War to GamePro or anyone else for that matter."

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus that technically Epic Games has officially announced Gears of War 2. Not bogus that the studio, having been so enriched by the original Gears that Bleszinski can afford a $190,000 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, is planning a sequel to further fill its coffers.

Discussion

295 comments
dragonfist101
dragonfist101

Can't wait till it actually comes out ....lol

norm47
norm47

i dont see why it couldnt come out for christmas this year it would be huge like halo of last year.

DEATH2NOOBS37
DEATH2NOOBS37

o my God the first was almost perfect with a few minor mistakes, i think the second one will be even better. CANT WAIT I WISHTHERE WAS A RELEASE DATE SO I WOULDNT BE SO STRESSED

lalo415
lalo415

WOW! a 190,000 dollar lambo D:

oOo_SMOKE_oOo
oOo_SMOKE_oOo

GEAR OF WAR IS THE BEST GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED STORY AND ONLINE GAMEPLAY IS AMAZING CANT WAIT FOR NUMBER 2

bio_schmuck
bio_schmuck

Well, my fellow gamers, I think we just have to wait 'til GDC '08 if there will be any announcements from Epic about the sequel. The least the can do for all the die-hard 'gears of war' fans, is that, well,...I guess we all just have to wait for it.

LedZeppelin416
LedZeppelin416

give me 4 player co-op and more beautiful bloody gore (chainsaws yay =D) and ill fall in love all over again

LedZeppelin416
LedZeppelin416

give me 4 player co-op and more beautiful bloody gore (chainsaws yay =D) and ill fall in love all over again

squirlman555
squirlman555

the first games ending was a cliffhanger...THE PERFECT BEGINNING FOER A SEQUEL!!! Epic's new friggin game will sell 3.5 million copies!

squirlman555
squirlman555

The first game was awesome but the ending was a cliff hanger. Epics gotta make a sequel, it'll sell 3.5 million friggin copies

generalbigmac
generalbigmac

The first gears was freakin amazing, they better not ruin the second and need some new stuff like 4 person campaign

KILLSYOU123
KILLSYOU123

....omg This game will kick so much ass after it's released there may not be anymore Ass to kick.....

Crazy_Assassin
Crazy_Assassin

Whats all the shock and suprise about. Gears of War part 2 was OFFICIALLY confirmed after the first 1,000,000 were sold. Today's gaming industry is about 3 things. 1, money, 2 alot of money and 3. more money. Gears of war brought all 3 to the table for it's publishers. So of course there will be a sequel. Probably this year.

pun1sher1234
pun1sher1234

i have the original GoW and it would be interesting to se a sequal out of it as the war with the locusts never enden at the end of the first one i wouldnt dout there is a sequal and i hope that even though microsoft is rushing the date a bit, the graphics and playability along with the health system would be improved more They should just do server lists and not go into that stupid idea of "matchmaking" it takes way too long to find players like in halo3 or something

silent_riku
silent_riku

Oops... I almost forgot... Kudos to 'scytheofluna', you hit the spot which is what I would've said too except that you beat me to it. Good Job bro! let us be heard... Cliffy!!! it's the 360 owners who gave you that car... not the PC owners!!!(but I guess since even the PC owners bought the game too that would mean that you probably have a whole lot more cash to buy yourself another crappy Gallardo...) I pity myself and every other PC owner who has problems playing the game cuz everyone who bought the PC version knows that it's... BROKEN!!

silent_riku
silent_riku

Well I just hope that when a sequel DOES come out. they won't give us the low blow by giving PC's yet another advantage to the story that the X-Box 360 didn't have. It was a total rip-off not letting those 5 extra campaign chapters be available to the 360 as well... though I'm not saying that I hate PC's what I'm trying to say is that they made me waste my money buying the 360 game only to find out that I had to get it on the PC as well if I wanted to see those 5 extra chapters... LAME!

lonelygamer360
lonelygamer360

why is it always hard to wait for something like that.

Cookie2-0
Cookie2-0

yeh baby yeh god I must have played through the origional gears of war 3 times and for TheVinster those idiot kids didnt make the game all bad they gave the rest of us alot of easy killz

manboychild
manboychild

oh man i still havent beat the first one on hardcore but still i cant wait but first i gotta get my xbox 360 fixed

SHO_ONE
SHO_ONE

So wait, are they saying it has been announced or not?

Kobewars87
Kobewars87

did nobody read it? the producer of gears denied the claims.....says they haven't started working on it. stop getting excited about what isn't in the worked yet.

bobmitchell
bobmitchell

I can't believe that they want to release GOW2, when the first version is not functional on PC. Constant lost saved games, having to restart over and over because your progress is always lost. Fix what's broke, first. Then worry about sequals.

HellJumper
HellJumper

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mrtweed2
mrtweed2

I like GoW and I'll p/u GoW2, but for now I'll just play Unreal 3 on the PS3 it offers more...of everything, AND has an excellent online mode, unlike GoW.

Turbo-Evil
Turbo-Evil

Lol, if Cliffy B got so rich off the original then why the hell did he buy a Gallardo? Murcialagos ftw.

scytheofluna
scytheofluna

While I still play Gears regularly, I am one of the many X Box 360 owners who feel that since we helped to pay for Cliffy's Lamborgini, that it is a complete and utter kick in the nuts that the PC version came with significant extra content. Gears was a fantastic game, but it's single player campaign was fairly short on the 360, and Epic and Microsoft used the words "X Box 360 Exclusive" far too many times prior to the launch of the "Games for Windows" version to justify giving the PC version so much extra content without some kind of patch or download for the 360 version. I've heard Epic's excuses about why it wouldn't be possible, and it's nonsense. Bethesda gave us an entire continent and 50 hours of play time with the Shivering Isles expansion for Oblivion so I just don't buy it. As a reward for everyone who rushed out to purchase Gears of War, and of course the $500 console to play it on, we get to either go out and buy the PC version,(which is a real pain to install apparently). I don't play PC games, I bought all three consoles instead, because it's cheaper than buying a new game rig every year and a half. Epic hosed us on the 360 version, and delivered a superior product for the PC for virtually no reason. At the very least they should include this material as a Patch on the disc of the sequel, since it's clearly too much to ask that they give us an X Box Live download. At this point I'm really Hoping Dark Sector turns out to be on equal footing with Gears. Epic could use a little humbling, and Cliffy needs to remember the collective who helped him afford that ridiculous car aren't playing the PC version of Gears of War.

Gameboy2k
Gameboy2k

I cant wait!!!!!! However, I got to play the first one. Please dont finish this one until I play GOW Pt 1. Thank you.....

1einhart
1einhart

man i want to play it right now!!!!!!GOW2 ll be the best game ever...

FishHunta007
FishHunta007

Gears was awesome! Cant wait for some info on the sequel

n_kors
n_kors

crap I can't keep up with all the good games. there's so many.

Criros
Criros

Good A trilogy, thats good, about making more than a trilogy, is not wise. Mario is a plathform kind of arcade game, they can make many Mario games because Mario games dont need complicate story, just go jump ther and do that kill bowser ang all, MGS, same thing. All the MGS games are almost the same tradicinal trama too, sneak, kill bosses, get the Metal Gears weaponds and destry then. Grand Thef Auto is the same f***ing **** has ever, with better graphic, go there kill people, kill the gangsta bosses, get fame doing missions and stuff, not A BIG trama. And Final fantasy is, the same final fantasy too, but this one have a better trama than the first ones, but have you can see, NOT ALL FF games have been HITS like FF7 or FF10, ect. Like you can see in Halo, things repeat it self. Making tooooo many series of one title with the same trama but in sequel, kill the game slowly.

InsaneX5
InsaneX5

It might come on the ps3, I have a 360 and think it is way better than the ps , but they did release unreal tournament for them...GoW was a great game and had great graphics. The only thing I REALLY found bad about GoW was the amount of weapons. Other than that I'm gonna get it.

LowlyKnight
LowlyKnight

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LowlyKnight
LowlyKnight

Gears had some of the best 2 player co-op to date. I'm hoping they up the bar with 4 player co-op in Gears 2. Seriously, how sweet would it be to play Gears 2 online with 3 other players... it just seems like the kind of idea Cliffy B and the amazing Gears team might try.... think about it....

el_Dom
el_Dom

We all knew this was gonna be announced sometime this year, and 2008 is way to soon. The game has barely been out a year. I say 2009 at the soonest but 2010 is just as possible. I want them to take time on this game and make it as amazing as the first was when it came out.

ssc0n
ssc0n

Everyone knows theres gonna be a sequel, even if it isnt officially confirmed yet. I still play GoW now so I cant wait. But too bad It will probably come out before I get "Seriously..."

evanawda2005
evanawda2005

OMG I CANTTTTT WAITTTTTT I LUV THIS GAMEE ITS SOO ADDICITING I CANT IMAGINE HOW GOW2 WILL BE I HOPE IT"LL COME OUT THIS HOLiDAY SEASON

ghost89x
ghost89x

hell ya lets see some teaser trailer. gears of war is B. A.

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

YES!! I can't not wait for this..the train returns!!