Gears of War trilogy confirmed?

Source: A GameDaily interview with Jeff Bell, Microsoft's corporate vice president of global marketing. What we heard: Though it might not be Halo 3, there's little question that Gears of War is a monster hit for the Xbox 360. Less than two weeks after its release, the game surpassed Halo 2 as the...

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Source: A GameDaily interview with Jeff Bell, Microsoft's corporate vice president of global marketing.

What we heard: Though it might not be Halo 3, there's little question that Gears of War is a monster hit for the Xbox 360. Less than two weeks after its release, the game surpassed Halo 2 as the most-played title on Xbox Live. It has topped charts in the UK and was second only to The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on Bestbuy.com's sales rankings for the week of November 13 to 19. As of November 21, two weeks after its release, more than 1 million units of the game had sold worldwide.

In addition to its popular success, Gears of War is also arguably the best-reviewed game of the year. Besides earning a 9.6 from GameSpot--tying the Xbox 360 Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion as the highest-rated game of 2006--Epic Games' shooter enjoys a sparkling 95 metascore on Metacritic, which averages dozens of game-review Web sites' ratings.

Given Gears of War's ability to tickle critics and mint money, a sequel is a near certainty. However, the GameDaily interview with Bell appears to reveal Microsoft has even grander plans for the game. When outlining his company's holiday ad blitz, the marketing guru gushed about Gears' burgeoning popularity. "Gears of War is a popular culture phenomenon in the making," he said, referencing a semicontroversial television advertisement. "The goal of this ad is to establish Marcus Fenix as the hero of the Gears of War trilogy. The intention is to create emotional connection with him that is lacking in typical third-person action title marketing." (Emphasis added.)

The official story: "Whenever a title enjoys the type of attention Gears of War is receiving, there is bound to be speculation and discussion about future installments. While we are discussing future plans for this very exciting franchise, we have not made any formal announcements."--Microsoft rep.

Bogus or not bogus?: Though it might be a ways off--the original took over two years to develop--Gears of War 2 is pretty much a lock, particularly given its (SPOILER ALERT) cliff-hanger ending (END SPOILER). As for a third, Bell's words appear to unofficially confirm comments made by Epic's meteoric lead designer Cliff Bleszinski, who has said on numerous occasions he wants to make Gears a trilogy along the lines of Halo. Now, it would appear Microsoft does too, though they're not talking about it openly...yet.

Discussion

442 comments
XxDOMOxX
XxDOMOxX

i hate the Unreal Engine 3

animal503
animal503

@jed1516 Go play with your barbie dolls, you wouldnt know a good game if it hit you in the face!!! Have fun dressing them and putting them in provocative positions while we go play one of the bet games ever... GEARS OF WAR RULES!!!!

amulbocus
amulbocus

360 owners, GOW2,3 and 4 you all know should come out on the PS3. Hell, they could easily release GOW1 and 2 as a special Blu Ray disc, which would have more levels, more HD content and all fit onto one nice disc, you could probably fit GOW 3 on there aswell. I have the PC version which trounces the 360 version in every aspect. Oh well ill just stick to UT3 for the moment on PS3, which you dont have yet haha (sign of things to come maybe).

seedofallevil
seedofallevil

I think this prooves which console is superior. XBOX 360 FTW

swisdwag
swisdwag

As long as Hollywood doesn't gimp it by trying to make a movie out of it, it should be sweet. Although a GoW movie sounds good, Hollywood would butcher it as usual.

jed1516
jed1516

i cant beleave they are making another 1 terrible

jed1516
jed1516

i know one thing that is coming that im not getting gears of war sucked for multiplayer it was terrible never going to get this

GTARulez
GTARulez

I have high expectations

Crankgorilla
Crankgorilla

Don't screw this up. I got bets it will be better than Halo. Keep the same. Just more of it. More weapons,maps,Characters. And more customisation of the Online profiles. Detailed stats is a must along with rewards of a sort. I hear the Gears..... They are calling to me....... LOL

devil_1994
devil_1994

i really hope they make not a sequel but A TRILOGY

932
932

Like many of you guys said: A good reason to have an Xbox 360! Gears of War is just AWESOME !!!

XxorigxX
XxorigxX

Im not that good........

XxorigxX
XxorigxX

Cant stop playing the live....

XxorigxX
XxorigxX

This game is so aweosme.....

NbadkidN
NbadkidN

hopefully the dont screw it up like they do to gears of war every time they up date it or they could make it great like gears was before they got all those up dates its all up to them

Andy371
Andy371

I really hope they do it well, I loved GoW and want to see some great sequals. We all know that sometimes the sequals are total letdowns, so hopefully they really put there feet down and make a great game for number 2. I would be happy to have 2 year gaps as long as they keep making the game really well and improving on it effectivly. That said, Gears Of War FTW! :)

nickyd0041
nickyd0041

Trilogy or not i'll still be happy with gears 2.

SaKHeD
SaKHeD

yeah man make a sequel or sure you can do it !!!!!!! haha oh yes, as for a trilogy the thought honestly just blows my mind. ;) in ways even i can't describe.

roxythethegreat
roxythethegreat

gears 2 better have the chainsaw on the lancer cuz lets face it i cant be chainsaw master if theres no gun with chainsaw on it

Teh_Chiken
Teh_Chiken

Wow, gears is the next halo... only way better.

advanracer
advanracer

Hopefully...Overall layout such as the Acts and its sub-chapters add up to a LONG-Highly Intense-Excellent Story Line-Got -MY- moneys worth..Campaign. It seems lately that most of the Graphics intnensive games that come out these days have Really short Chapters/Acts. When Gears, Graw, and COD 4 came out assuming one has played them all, would notice a pattern of shortening gameplay so to speak in exchange to Graphics Engines. But then again..each and every company has Budget issues thats where the consumers ironically get duped.

JohnMagz
JohnMagz

I really hope the story doesn't deform after the second game.

Silverlakes
Silverlakes

I wounder if my local store will take $5 dollars to hold me a copy, or is it to sone?

bdaking3
bdaking3

I cant wait sweeeeeet !!!!!!!!!!

ATR540
ATR540

NOW THATS WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT!!!!! GEARS if the BEST game OUT... EVERYONE will stop playing HALO 3 ONCE GEARS 2 COMES OUT!!! N THATS A FACT..........

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

cant wait for this, my mate has just spent

pimp95
pimp95

cool this will be ps3 grave lololololololololo

nick0535
nick0535

Hope its as good as the first!!!!!! And has 4 player co-op!!!!!!!

jonte-08
jonte-08

The possibilties of this trilogi are endless. I can't wait until the moment that I ,after years of waiting, finally receive my copy of Gears Of War 3. I wont leave its side until the war is over. SWEEEEEET!

uk_beny
uk_beny

pleae dont make it suck like most sequals

madestgamer
madestgamer

hopefully they plan to make this happen ... cause GoW to me is better than Halo buhh that's my opinion

r0ger_d70r
r0ger_d70r

since the first one was a hit, they expect 2nd and 3rd to be a hit too, they better do a good job on improving campaign because multiplayer is great.

xxxxxTxxxxx88
xxxxxTxxxxx88

If a sequal is not made, then it would be a horrible blow to all 360 owners, i mean come on, it is really the only game that you can pick up and replay at least once a week.

jkpage005
jkpage005

I would love for a gears of war 2 or maybe even a 3 or a 4 or a 5. I love the original. It's one of those games that I could just play over and over and over again. The only draw back would be that I feel it ended kinda quickly. I wish the campaign was longer but all in all, It's definitely one of if not the best game I have ever played.

vass86
vass86

the only complaint i had with GOW was the story got real candy ass about half way through. hope the second one's story is more solid and i hope the gameplay is just as action packed

M3tsFan
M3tsFan

i wonder what new locust and CoGs there will be :D

Chaosjak93
Chaosjak93

I hope Gears of War 2 will have good multi-player and more Campain missions, including more weapons, I like Gears of War.