Gears of War 3 devs working on new IP

Epic now hiring for gameplay programmers to join team working on Xbox 360-exclusive third-person shooter trilogy, original new project.

While the rate of releases in the Halo franchise only accelerated after the original trilogy's 2007 conclusion, it appears as if Microsoft's other Xbox 360-exclusive shooter franchise will take a different approach once it finishes its first cycle of games.

After Gears of War 3 is done, Epic will start the wheels turning on a new IP.

According to an Epic Games job posting, the next project for the Gears of War 3 team isn't a fourth installment in the series, but an all-new intellectual property. The company is currently hiring gameplay programmers to join the developers finishing up Gears of War 3 to work on "a new unannounced IP." Unfortunately, the posting suggested no details about the project, other than its expected use of Epic's own Unreal engine.

"Our gameplay programmers have an intrinsic understanding of what makes a game fun and the analytical mind to break that down into its constituent parts," the listing explains. "They experiment with game design and use rapid prototyping, yet have the engineering background to make strong architectural and algorithmic decisions. If you are a game designer trapped inside the body of an engineer, we'd like to hear from you."

For more on Epic Games' future and how the company aims to stay successful in a changing industry, check out GameSpot's recent interview with Epic president Mike Capps.

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a_mirabito
a_mirabito

If Japan is #1 then why are Japanese companies (especially Capcom) handing their franchises over to foreign studios? I'm thinking of Dead Rising 2, the upcoming Devil May Cry reboot, and even RE: Operation Raccoon City. And I would argue that taking elements from a source material isn't the same thing as making a carbon copy. Granted, Resident Evil 4 is an incredible game, but I don't see any connection between that and BioShock or Gears of War.

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

@RE4GreatesGame it definitively was not re4 that had the first major use of chainsaws lol....lets see there is doom,manhunt,gta, and even evil dead...you could not even use the chainsaw in re4.....ur being a stuck up fanboy and willing to even say gears of war took the being able to shoot element from re4 XD....if u can say that then i can say japan copy crash bandicoot,Naughty Dog,cars and guns from the u.s. lol

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Can we have the next IP for the PC as well ??? I for one can't wait to experience the talent of Epic devs on my system !!!

Zevvion
Zevvion

@RE4GreatesGame why always compare games that are different from each other... I just don't understand why people do this. Did you know Burnout Paradise was better than Gran Turismo 5? Did you know Metroid Prime is better than Halo Combat Evolved? Oh, how about Killzone 3 versus Bulletstorm, yeah! Some awesome comparisons I'm making! I rock because I was having fun with one of those comparisons and am taking it out at the other because it isn't in the exact same genre, offering the exact same gameplay! YEAH!

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

@RE4GreatesGame are you kidding me lots of people criticized not being able to walk and shoot at the same time even me but honestly that wasnt until i played dead space...dead space was a survival horror and you still can walk and shoot at the same time..how can you even compare re4 to gow anyways? thats like comparing bioshock to call of duty...

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Hey guys if gears didnt ship early xbox 2..Do you guys think it wouldve been as successful or not..What do you guys think..Think it wouldve just been another game or because of the early rush it had..Meaning nothing else to play back than on the box..Is why it had the success it had..Thoughts??

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

@RE4GreatesGame lol you say as if re4 was the 1st 3rd person shooter ever but re4 is indeed the 1st 3rd person shooter where you could not walk and shoot at the same time. FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hell if you can say gow is copycat re4 then re4 is copycat of 007 Tomorrow Never Dies or gta3 XD.......out of all games you could of at least post this on a dead space article or maybe you already did....

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Starbound571 Bungie has nothing to do with Halo 4 o_0

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

@Starbound571....You are right, but Bungie are not the only ones, Take Sony's God of war 4 for example. I gave u a thumbs up even as i'm a Halo fan.

okassar
okassar

Epic is confident that it's going to be a trilogy---that means this new IP is going to be a new big name in gaming for sure. I'm excited. When Gears of War came out, it was such a fresh game with a unique style. Hopefully they can recreate that epicness.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

I know this isn't a new IP, but I really want them to make a Bulletstorm sequel.

Starbound571
Starbound571

YES! Thank you Epic Games. You're doing exactly what you said you would do and keep Gears a trilogy, and starting to work on something fresh. Bungie said the same damn thing about Halo and look what happened: Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and soon, Halo 4. That's right, all you Halo fanboys out there can give me negative, I went there, but you know I'm right. And yes, before anyone gives me the tired old argument that ODST and Reach are actually prequels, the fact of the matter is Bungie DID state a while back that they had no intention to continue Halo beyond a trilogy and the books. Adding onto that fact, while these are prequels, the upcoming Halo 4 announced at E3 is almost assuredly picking up off of where Halo 3 left off at. Trilogy implies three parts, not four or more. Now it just feels like to me that they're cash-cowing it because of Microsoft exclusivity. But back on the subject of the new IP: Would love to see what else Epic can cook up with Unreal. It's a great engine. Loved it's use in Bioshock, Gears, and Rainbow Six Vegas 2.

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Gears is great because it was like playing a movie sequence. That was where it was unique. I love the game. so much unnecessary hate. It is a good game face it, embrace it!

dhaag740
dhaag740

Is this new project gonna be a multi-platform release? maybe Unreal Tournament 4?

Hm1911
Hm1911

I hope they think about PC

WeskerTeam
WeskerTeam

Sony boys get maaaaad. Buy an xbox and you will have the best of both worlds. I know I would go nuts not being able to play my MGS4.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@MrMisanthrope I'd love to see that sweet OLOL SARCASM posted on those games' Gfaqs boards :)

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

@Rovelius: Yeah, I'll remember your "mashing" distinction the next time I'm using my attack combos to air-juggle waves of enemies in rooms with fixed cameras so they drop red orbs that I use to upgrade my abilities so I can then go on to fight giant bosses with Quicktime Events and unlock other weapons that have their own upgradable combos in ... Devil May Cry? Bayonetta? Ninja Gaiden? Dante's Inferno? Castlevania: Lords of Shadow? But yeah, you're right, those games have nothing in common. /sarcasm

Rovelius
Rovelius

@MrMisanthrope @paranormalnut Fact: God of War is about mashing buttons. You don't HAVE to learn all your combos and such it's much more of a hack'n'slash game. DMC is more akin to Bayonetta : mashing buttons will get you killed. Again and again. As such, it is a 3rd person brawler. Two very different genres... You can say, do and think whatever you want. But those are hard facts anyone who played both series extensively will tell you.

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

@Rovelius: Nah, dude, paranormalnut is right -- God of War, Ninja Gaiden, and Devil May Cry are very much the same genre. It's like saying you can't compare Mortal Kombat to Street Fighter: everyone has their personal preference, but they're both fighting games.

MrMisanthrope
MrMisanthrope

I was never much of a Gears fan, but you can't deny the influence it's had on other games (Uncharted, etc). The fact is, the explosion of third-person, cover-based shooters didn't happen after kill.switch (even if the Gears developers admit they were heavily influenced by that game and Resident Evil 4) -- it happened after Gears of War.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@Rovelius I can and I did. The story and other things may not be the same but they are the same type of game. Like it or not.. I can name a over 30 games that did the same thing before god of war came out. I am not telling you that god of war was a bad game. It was very good.

thrice00
thrice00

Freaking xbox exclusive.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

@Hillsy_ I remember Operation Winback. I HATED that game. I never played Kill Switch though. Who cares if Gears did not invent the concept of a cover system in combat, they popularized it. Over-Hyped? Hardly. It is the ONLY reason I bought a 360 (and FFXIII is the only reason I haven't bought a PS3). You yourself might not be a fan, but their are many of us who are. Stop stating your opinion as fact.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Operation Winback from the 90's and Kill Switch had a cover system. Gears did nothing new, but...I commend the game for it's bleak decaying look and monster designs. It is overhyped, but the first one is still a great game.

method115
method115

@Rovelius Agreed if it's not for you then nothing you can do about it. I personally never liked the metal gears games (except for #1), Uncharted was no fun, and resistance was just horrible. Gears of War on the other hand just did it for me. It's the reason I got a 360. The first time I saw GOW in HD I was blown away then I played the game on my PC and I just needed to have it. I work with PC's all day though so I said forget a PC I need a console with HDTV.

shkar
shkar

Let them create a Wrestlemania game,,,they are good at making extra puffy muscle characters like MARCUS FENIX and the rest of the gang.......

Rovelius
Rovelius

As far as I'm concerned, I was late to the HD party and actually played Vanquish before Gears of War. Needless to say, I found the latter a bit too bland and slow to my liking. That's just how it is though, I can't bring myself into liking a series just because of what it brought to video games. I do look forward seeing what their new IP is about, though.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@paranormalnut You can't compare God of War and Devil May Cry. They are two VERY different games.

AZE160
AZE160

Epic's name speak for itself, they have build games to actual epicness from Unreal tournament to GOW.Hope this next one is a real turn-over for the decade.

killer690
killer690

I love Gears, wish the 3rd game was the last though, well maybe a prequel telling the story of the pendulum wars but that's it.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

I already know the name its going to be called Gears of Unreal Wars.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Gears is a good trilogy, no matter what hatters think. Games that are fun will get haters. New IP is needed though since after 3 games, a storyline gets worn out. Look at the metal gear solid series... thin storyline with useless junk filler. New IP ftw!

zidan4000
zidan4000

nice , i can't wait to hear about it , i hope that it is going to be an Unreal style FPS.

Syk0_k03r
Syk0_k03r

@paranormalnut What's "new" about using a duck and cover system that was around in the late 90's? LMAO! Gears not being new is a FACT

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@Syk0_k03r What it comes down to is this. Gears did something new. It is also a good game. If it was bad, why has it done so well. Your opinion of anything is not a fact.

xboxfanonly
xboxfanonly

@Syk0_k03r yup i agree, the gameplay should be more like ghost recon (if you ever played it). just get close to the wall, and you take cover. and holding A to sprint, and the sprinting system in general is just not to great.

xboxfanonly
xboxfanonly

it makes sense because this franchise does not seem to have much to tell after the third installment. wonder if epic will still stay exclusive with ms or go multi for the next project. hopefully its better then gears, and hopefully gears 3 has alot smoother gameplay, cus gears2 (to me) was crap, and well i never played gears1. was its a mistake of me to play gears2 before gears1? and, is the multipayer that great in gears, like even thuogh the gameplay is crapy (if u agree), does the multiplayer make up for it? just asking cus i never played the multiplayer and that may be the only reasonn ill ever get gears3

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Whatever the new IP is, keep it Gritty and visceral and im in!!

Syk0_k03r
Syk0_k03r

@paranormalnut duck and cover system was new... in the late 90's. all gears of war does is put it on the A button XD... If that's all gears is good for, gears of war 3 will be the disappointment of the century

fkbwii
fkbwii

@valcrist09 I know! Didn't they run their Samaritan engine on a PC?

shincorno
shincorno

for me Gears of wars is the best third-person shooter series. I will like to see the new project of these guys. They gain good reputation with Gear of Wars series.

021-Vincent
021-Vincent

I WANT A NEW UNREAL TOURNAMENT SERIE !!!

Marky360
Marky360

@drangel_jam I really don't care about thumbs down I just was surprised that everyone was so offended by what I said that they thumb me down I really didn't think it was that much of a deal. And how does my name make me seem like a troll it's just the same name I use for my PSN I would have used M6000 like I did on the 360 but it was taken on PSN so Marky 360 it was but I don't see how someone could mistake me as a troll because of it.

constantterror
constantterror

@dabone I own both and still think 360 sucks compared to ps3. Its got nothing I can,t play on ps3 and games play better on ps3.oh and 360 exclusives aren,t that good