Gears of War future should be more thoughtful - Bleszinski

Epic Games design director indicates "double-edged chainsaw" would be moving franchise in wrong direction, would rather evolve to a "Christopher Nolan way."

Epic Games' Locust trilogy concluded with Gears of War 3, and the studio now has a chance to forge out in a new direction with the franchise. For Epic design director Cliff Bleszinski, that direction likely won't be to further play up the franchise's penchant for profanity and gratuitous violence.

It appears as if Gears of War won't be taking many stylistic cues from Bulletstorm.

Speaking to The PA Report, Bleszinski said that he'd rather take the franchise into a place that emphasizes exploration and discovery, rather than shock value. This focus, he said, would be consistent with the essential qualities of the franchise, which he characterized as Marcus Fenix staring down impossible odds.

"If I were to pass Gears off to another studio, and they came back with a pitch of having a double-edged chainsaw, and the characters are more buff, and now you can pull off someone's head and s*** down their neck, and they had a character that makes Cole look tame…I would look at them and say, 'No, you're going in the exact wrong direction,'" he said. "Gears is always some of that, but I would want to further evolve it in more of a Christopher Nolan way."

Christopher Nolan is perhaps best known for directing the recent, and well-regarded, Batman movies, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. His work also includes mindbenders like Memento and Inception.

The final add-on for Gears of War 3, Forces of Nature, is expected to launch on March 27. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Mawy_Golomb
Mawy_Golomb

It wouldn't fit the majority of the gameplay well enough for it be more emotional. There would certainly need to be a huge overhaul of the art direction (character design, level design, etc.), dialogue (seeming a lot less cheesy and much more serious, possibly with a little humor thrown in from time to time), and the gameplay itself. More importantly, how would all the MP modes survive this way? A lot of things have to go if Gears heads this way.

chkmode
chkmode

Hmmmm interesting. Lets see what will he do with it. I am happy that Gears still not meet its end.

Ajheyhey
Ajheyhey

i wasn't a fan of gears until i bought 3 and its is damn good! so im looking forward to what is next for the franchise

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@God_Emporer Sure, not like Gears 1 had some emotional feeling (even if unexplored) about Marcus wanting revenge for his dad, Gears 2 had Dominic looking for his wife and Gears 3 reflected a little on the past and opened up the idea that they needed to do more after the war. No, I'm not claiming Gears is an emotional story in particular but at least it had some undertone and some character motivations so it would be a lie to simply pretend there was no thoughtfulness to it. Each game has seemed to focus on the characters in some way or form so unless your post was only made to ignorantly blast it then I advise you try the game first.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

More on my point. Lets not forget Aaron Griffin has a score to settle with Marcus. and lets also look at their names, Fenix vs. Griffin. two mythological avian creatures (mispelled of course). Setting: three years from the end of Gears 3. Anya is pregnant with Marcus' kid. those are my predictions.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

Gears Effect anyone? If the Locust and Lambent are gone, good and truly, humanities task now is to rebuild and heal, and flourish (not just surivive which was the emphasis of this trilogy). CliffyB does not want to go backwards, and I would guess that means telling a new story, not an old one (which any prequel or even parallel story would be). I expect him to look at the future. So my interpretation of that is Marcus leading his group, and trying to forge alliances with stranded groups.Dialogue trees and choices with consequences. I would assume not all stranded would be friendly to the COG, and heck, some other COG squad could rival Marcus, using violence to rebuild, fear and slavery. I'd assume they would clash at some point.

God_Emporer
God_Emporer

Any amount of thoughtfulness in a future GoW game is more than what is in the existing games.

deadmonkey76
deadmonkey76

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ztg360
ztg360

yes the men in it are manly and it is masculine but they also put in a subtle emotion that really showed in the middle of 2 and the middle of 3 (vague to avoid spoilers) and honestly I don't understand why people complain about them being hyper-buff they have been fighting a war for 15 or so years (forget actual amount of time) so they would have to be strong to survive wouldn't they?

ztg360
ztg360

I personally love the gears series (all 3) and I actually would like to see a pendulum war era game that follows a squad (with people that die and get replaced) and have it from the start to the finish

DarthLod
DarthLod

Whatever way it evolves, please use more than one brain cell when coming up with Achievements. "Do this on a certain map with a certain character using a certain gun" blah blah blah. Stop making some of them such a ridiculous grind as well. Furthermore, tell your "fans" to stop acting like only THEY can dictate how people play GOW and what weapons they should use. Tell them to put their ego in the trash where it belongs. The games are for EVERYONE, not just elitists who set playing GOW3 12 hrs a day every day with no lives yelling at anyone who uses the Sawed Off or Retro Lancer. These kind of people have actually ruined the game.

Arturo84
Arturo84

5 bucks we will see gears rts ala halo wars in less than two years

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

So he wants to pretty much take everything that made gears of war awesome and dumb it down in a cheap attempt to be like the Christopher Nolan of Video Games? How about you make a Gears of War game that feels like a Cliff Bleszinski Game man?

santinegrete
santinegrete

I hope he means I'll have the lovely Gunplay and pacing of the other games.

controlfreak25
controlfreak25

@GamerLegend10 Because I bought the season pass back when I thought gears 3 was good.

salvucci91
salvucci91

I am very excited to hear Cliff say this ! THIS IS GOOD for the story !!

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@dreamfist11 I've got Arkham City in my collection, and in my honest and personal opinion Arkham City is awesome!! Its neat, it had big environments and more sharp than Arkham Asylum :) but you doesn't necessarily listen to my personal opinion :P

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

@Ladiesman17 Well I actually loved gears 2, I think its one of the best games I've ever played (I thought the story with Doms wife was really good) but right now im considering getting either this or Batman Arkham City. Whats your take on Ark City?

sbmayle9
sbmayle9

Bioware would be saying the exact same thing if EA hadn't taken over :(

NicAgent
NicAgent

I would certainly like to see a Gears of War RTS, where you can command either a whole COG or Locust army... think about saving up your credits to buy your next Brumak only to see your opponent bring in three King Ravens on it at the same time...

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

@dreamfist11 Its a matter of taste, Gears 1 is phenomenal, Gears 2, not bad but also not that good, Gears 3 is sucked hard, that's just my personal opinion. It's overly hyped since Xbox 360 fans need something to show off to other fans (mostly PS3.). since I don't really care with those fanboys war, yes the game bored me to hell, Its just the same old Gears, there's nothing new. if you like same sequel then you can go get it :)

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

@Ladiesman17 Is it really? I was thinking about buying it but you make it sound so bleh...

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Gears need a rest, Playing Gears 3 is killing me, It's incredibly boring :?

Lamesy
Lamesy

LOL @ Chris Nolan being "perhaps best known" for Batman movies. Maybe on a video games websites. But Nolan's defining characteristic will always be the mindf*** film. That's what Cliff is referencing right here- he's saying he wants Gears to be more nonlinear, not "more Batmanlike" FFS.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@controlfreak25 If you dont like gears then why are you going to buy the dlc???

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

...i thought GOW3 was going to be the last...well my friends will be happy (huge gow fans)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

"and the characters are more buff..." Hahaha. That is ACTUALLY impossible. Marcus' arms are as thick as his entire body. The guy's a walking tree trunk!! :P Looking forward to the future of Gears though, best games that Microsoft has :)

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Instead of changing the way the game is why not put out a prequel to explain further into what happened to the people of Sera. I don't know just an idea. I would hate to see the franchise that introduced me to Xbox go.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@awheaten And a wave of fanboys will come ranting about gamespot being biased, but will keep comenting in the website. The tale never changes.

controlfreak25
controlfreak25

Im going to play the next dlc then I'm done with Gears. I'd rather play a Bulletstorm 2 if its ever made. Also since I'll be done with gears I'll go play a BETTER game...UT!

Psy_m_on
Psy_m_on

think about vertical-horizontal gameplay

steelmouth
steelmouth

what ever you do am cool with it Cliff,just give it a 5year or more break before the next installment

awheaten
awheaten

GameXboxSpot is going to give it a 9 or 10 anyway so it don't matter what they do to it.

mysticstryk
mysticstryk

Sounds good to me. The future of Gears seems like a bright one.

nate1222
nate1222

At least Cliff acknowledges the need for something more intelligent. I'm pretty burnt out on games that attempt to hyper-masculinize everything. That mach s___ gets old really fast.

Trenchman
Trenchman

I am happy to hear that they aren't just trying to to be more over the top than the previous games, having a little more character and story could be great. Also, I love Momento, but the new Batman movies suck, even compared to the original campy Batman, they're just not very good. They completely screwed up the Joker and Batman isn't likeable at all, but I suppose it doesn't help that they cast Christian Bale.

krishnaV_
krishnaV_

Gears series was a revolution.. In terms of gameplay, story telling and visuals. Forces of Nature better be a worthy conclusion.

Mawy_Golomb
Mawy_Golomb

As others have already mentioned, there's little point to changing the whole formula of the franchise, which may lead to a huge split in the fanbase or may just be nothing more but a way to sellout. Then again, most gamers probably could care less about how complex its narrative is, so it could end up lowering the sales numbers for future GOW sequels.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

@mjc0961: It's a shame; it's been so long since I've played Duke Nukem 3D that I forgot you could do that. I'm going to need to rectify the situation.

zaiwen
zaiwen

can we expect a goty edition with all dlc included in the disc later this year?

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

Man......Gears of War 3 was an awesome game, wasn't it guys?

macca366
macca366

Gears has the best TPS gameplay (in my opinion) ever, its great. But after three games, even with consistent improvements, I would probably be too sick of it to play through another the same way. Make it similar in mood and style to that very first trailer with the Mad World soundtrack, thought-provoking, dark

edant79
edant79

At least Epic ain't bringing it out on the new Ipad like everyone thought they would.

shenron43
shenron43

Sounds too different from a true GOW experience. It would most likely work better with a entirely new game series.

JJB03
JJB03

well tbf on cliff for a game that is all about running, gunning and beating the c*ap out of stuff its world is fairly well charecterised and exspansive enough already to have a exploration type element to it all it needs is a better narrative and other such things.

cjimrun
cjimrun

I always wanted to explore and interact more with the environments in the Gears series. From the sound of things, I may just get that chance.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

 @SolanOcard  So someone (Skinmassacre) liked this post recently. I saw it in my email. I opened it and read this post (I hardly ever bother reading emails from gamespot, so I didn't know what I was reading). It was so well written and reasonable, that I didn't even recognize it as my own. Sorry, just thought I would toot my own horn.

SolanOcard
SolanOcard

 @SolanOcard  So someone (Skinmassacre) liked this post recently. I saw it in my email. I opened it and read this post (I hardly ever bother reading emails from gamespot, so I didn't know what I was reading). It was so well written and reasonable, that I didn't even recognize it as my own. Sorry, just thought I would toot my own horn.