Xbox One Gears of War Dev: "We Have to Show That We Have A Legitimate Claim to This IP"

Black Tusk producer Rod Fergusson says next Gears of War game will stay true to the essence of the series.

The next Gears of War game for Xbox One developed by Black Tusk will hearken back to the core essence of the series, Black Tusk producer Rod Fergusson has said.

"With Black Tusk, we have to show that we have a legitimate claim to this IP and be able to show we know how to do it right before we do it differently," Fergusson told Polygon in an interview. "There are some things that even though people try to copy us, we don't think they've nailed. I think the cover system, there's a feel to a Gears of War game that I've yet to find in another game where it feels the same. Whether it's the fluidity, the weight, the heaviness to the characters, the way that it feels like to be in cover, the roadie run character, those sorts of things."

Fergusson didn’t share any details about where and when in the Gears of War universe the next game will take place, but did mention that the previous games left big gaps in the timeline and many unanswered questions.

"There's lots of stuff, backstory from the E Day, Pendulum Wars all the way to Gears 3, there's a lot of room in there," he said. "But I don't know if that's the place to go. I think there's lots of other places to go as well."

Fergusson was an executive producer on the first two Gears of War games and a director of production on Gears of War 3. In 2012 he left Epic Games and joined Irrational Games, where he helped the team ship BioShock Infinite. Fergusson then launched a new studio for 2K in the San Francisco area, but left that job for Black Tusk before we found out what he was working on.

Microsoft, which purchased the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games earlier this year for an undisclosed sum, has yet to announce a release date for the game.

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weephil22
weephil22

Literally i am the biggest fan of gears of war !!! All you need to do is bring back the next gen gears to basics eg gears 1 as it was quite smiply the best game that ive ever played campaign and multiplayer. Would also love to see all gears games except judgement re released as i would happy pay mega money to play them on the one! Miss gears of war 1,2 and 3 massively. Microsoft do the right thing by using aspects of those 3 games and make the ultimate gears on the one !!!!

robbiejones
robbiejones

really looking forward for this title!! 

tonicarollo
tonicarollo

All Italian people are waitings for a new gears of war but it must be like gears two. Old Guardian multiplayer mode.. closed maps with two places only where we protect him. Gow two was the best title of ever. Too many clan was born and more clan wars do you remember? Please.. If you want.. you can.

llclassickll
llclassickll

I personally would love gears 1 remastered to hold us gears heads over for a while first and foremost, you guys should have been on that from the get go. That would have been easy money what the hell is wrong with you guys lol. Know I would love for the new game to be based off gow 1's game play but of course some tweaks for more fluidity and less sticking. Now as for the story maybe it could be based off the beginning "how it all started" and be called "gears of war the beginning" or "gears of war existence" I love Existence actually. But maybe the cog or humans traveled somewhere, maybe another planet where the locast are from and that's how things started. I think that would be dope. You guys at black tusk have brilliant imaginations I'm sure you could make something amazing from that.

robbiejones
robbiejones

@llclassickll i missed out on the gears of war trilogy because my 360 kept breaking so i got a ps3, i would buy a X-bone version on gears of war easily!

weephil22
weephil22

Hit the nail on the head this is what has to happen

Sn0wGl0be
Sn0wGl0be

I'm just glad they're bringing back GoW! One of my favourite franchises of last gen.  

gearofdespair
gearofdespair

Hi everyone, hope I'm not too late to the show. I'd like to give a little background info about myself. I am a huge Xbox fan. Huge.. Huge.. grew up playing multli-player halo on blood gulch as a youngin against by elder brother of 6 years along with his friends after school. Boy did I learn a lot! Found myself in a lot of tournaments at a young age facing grown ups. So many of them wondering how such a young kid was able to play so well and with such cunning. But I haven't touched an Xbox game since GOW 3. I haven't even seen a console since December of 2012. So it seems i didn't miss much on the latest gear installment. When I heard a new one was coming out I felt all giddy, A NEW Gears game, and it IS NOT getting rushed into production? THIS IS CHAINSAW BAYONET MUSIC TO MY EARS!! ^,,,,^ And now they'd like our input on what they would like in the next installment?  WELL ! I do have some input!

I absolutely adored everything about Gears 3. I'd say keep it as close to that feel, you know, the gravity of the body. NOT JUST THE GUN. I think that's what I love most about the Gears series is how much focus you put onto your character, moreso than your weapon. It isn't about fundamental warfare of holding lines, it's about mechanical/technical warfare of juking direct shots and crossfire. Not like in cod, where you are automatically dead close range against a shotgun, In gears.. if you are skilled enough you have the potential for anything. What I'm basically saying is. how many times in COD has a 4v1 gone in the favor of the cornered enemy? In gears, I never had so much fun being the last man alive when i was out numbered. It just adds more play for counter play. In Gears.. you may be down... but NEVER out..

So i guess what I'm getting at for additions to the Gow development is maybe add some extra gravy to the last man standing if he it outnumbered more than 2 to 1? Maybe if the survivor is the outnumbered person, he could start the next round with a full active reload clip on whichever select starting weapon? Ya know, something memorable but not too powerful of an advantage. Is it too much to ask for grenades to have the 2nd one have a reload timer or better yet, an arming timer? I mean I feel grenades are too rudimentary while also being a bit too powerful at the same time. If the 2nd one had an active timer, it would add a little downtime after the first grenade causing a bit of vulnerability and risk to the possessor while also providing a bit of firepower to it once they finally do get the reload off. Put it more on par with the sawed off's risk factoring?

Oh.. I think the best way too to keep the game fresh would be to periodically come out with map packs, bring back the classics too :D? Gridlock, War Machine, Canals, Fuel Depot Mansion? New map concepts always are fun too! Best of luck at the developing studios! I know I'll be picking up an Xbox One just for this game alone. 3-rd person shooters, can't go wrong!!

painkiller4245
painkiller4245

I honestly dont know where to start i want to see carmines story and the forth brother also the pendulum war right now i just want a date to look forward to cause i got the xbox 360 gears edition i would want to know if a xbox one gears edition is coming out so i know how long i need to wait please if its soon let us all know 

bryandominick
bryandominick

huge Fan Of The Series. Also A Big Fan Of All The Books Written By Karen Traviss. If You're A Gears Fan Those Books Are A Must Read..As Far As The Game Is Concerned Each Campaign Was Awesome. My Hopes For Future Gears Games I'd Like To See More Of The Pendulum Wars With Carlos Santiago (Dom's Brother). He Had A Big Influence On Fenix. That Bond With Them And All Gears Gives Me Goosebumps. Also, Hoffman's Dedication To The COG. More Fenix And Hoffman Rivalry. E-Day chaos And How Each Character Found Their Way Into Becoming A Gear Especially Cole Train. Just A Natural Hero ComingToThe Aid Of His Fans And Fellow citizens. I'm Excited!

espengrothe1
espengrothe1

There is only two thing want to change, and it NEEDS to fixed for the next gears game..The first thing, fix the hitboxes, so that there is no models that can sponge more bullets, and unbalance the game,Number 2, better servers, have real dedicated servers this time, so again, there is no more sponges.Other then that, just make it like gears 3, but better!

humanlion19
humanlion19

In the multi player world of GOW there NEEDS to be a wise variety of characters as well! We need tones of characters just like there was in GOW 3. I needs to have the exact same multilayer modes as GOW 3 with no changes at all! The game should have close to 10 maps for this and possibly even 4 bigger maps like judgment strictly for a free for all game mode. And in the free for all game mode you could not pick a player you had you own gear that was personalisable with all sorts of armor and weapon skins to pick from. Don't make the same set up as the new gears wear there is a prise box ither I would rather work my way up accordingly to get my weapon skin than to randomly get one you might not like. If there is armor customisation DO NOT make fruity skins like pink lollipops and candy canes. Make it cool like onyx different darker colors like army green. A must is horde! I loved GOW 3 because of the amazing horde it had and please try to sneak the new carmine in it for all of us die hard carmine fans!

humanlion19
humanlion19

Okay first things first I think that ears 1 through jugment should be released on the X box 1 and then you guys have to take some Tom to think of what you want to do. I would love to see two completely different games. 1st one would be a gears game that fills us in on info like how Adam Fenix knew the queen. With that game you could make a multi player exactly like gears 3 With gears against locusts with is always very fun and entertaining because I hate killing fellow gears. But another game I would like to see is pendulum wars. I am very uneducated on the war and would love to see how it all goes down and this way you could make a huge character spread with cog and icu characters. This would need a man on man multilayer though because there would be no locusts but at least there is 2 different teams. It's just that I would feel bad for brutal executing another human. At least the locusts deserve it. I don't know it's a hard choice I am glad that I am not in your guy's shoes right now but like I said take your time with it to make it perfect and let us play some old gears on the new and improved X box 1 wile you make a perfect game! And thanks for bearing through this huge comment!

johora85
johora85

I wouldn't mind if Microsoft ported the Gears of War series to the X1 just like they're doing with the Halo series. Actually with all the DLC available in the Gears series I think it would be a great idea if they re-released a bundled version of the series complete with ALL the DLC and extra missions/maps for the X1. I know I'm gonna love replaying the Halo series on the X1 and I'm sure a lot more people would love replaying the GOW series on their X1. Definitely glad they're making a new Gears game though.

humanlion19
humanlion19

Genius idea I would love to play gears 3 horde on my X box one even if they make another shitty GOW an amazing horde will always live with gears 3

martintones
martintones

I'm really looking forward to a Gears game for the Xbox One! I'll definitely be getting it as soon as it comes out. Hopefully E3 next year may give us an early look at it :)

mjbailey91
mjbailey91

iv read the books by karren traviss i think she's called, ex military female author done all sorts of pretty bad ass jobs, worked with the original game designers to create the timeline around e-day and the characters this includes why marcus was in jail, everyone meeting and lives before e-day (hoffman, mataki). these books in my opinion would make unreal games if they are done right, obviously you might not want to copy it work for word so to speak but something along those lines.

even the possibility of covering such stories as hoffman's defence of anvil gate in the pendulum wars. giving the player the ability to command large groups or even armys in some battles before taking place themselves as one of many characters.

if anyone else has read the book series, do you agree? just really think it would work.

legendofgears
legendofgears

Okay, before all the locust died some actualy went to space And had there own planet and when earth was getting better they started to attack again but this there will be a new locust called a swifter And they will be the same as a locust but they will be quicker And smarter then others, they hold a Retro lancer And Remember They're quick So watch out when they Retro lancer to you, Well the point is they Come back from there planet and, use the hammer of dawn as there first strike, Marcus Sam Baird Cole And Evrybody eles go And check it out, but when they were looking they found a locust And they were all shocked, until they went to there building And found out they actually have a whole planet full of locust, but but alittle after the first acts, you see......DOM Yes, dom but in this game He is a dead locust robot that is the new king, his face is all burned, you can see his bones, And He's made of steel, they made dead dom the king of the locust Because they knew Marcus will not do Anything, So as He walk to his reaver, He sends out 3 ragers And a buserker that brakes the wall to escape but also falls to the floor And cannot escape, after this And, that they go check doms grave and relise Thats not actually his body, Its just a fake, So when they meet up. with "dead dom" they try to kill him but He is bulletproof And chainsaw proof Because The king playing as dead dom actually has metal bones And hard skin, So when they found out there HQ, Delta squad destroys them all when the last one had a little suprise, you kill the boss then Thats the end of the game, you guys fill in the rest in the game Because I. Still wanna be suprised when I play it, And mutiplayer Its like gow 3 and ur passed dlc from previous games will be used in gears 4, mutiplayer will be like gears 3 but u can jump nd stuff like judgment, same as fragments grenades, please hear my idea I think people might like it (fake dead dom is not a robot Btw )

StephenSays
StephenSays

@legendofgears I like this, I like this a lot.  If I could just add the idea of Doms son who is both locust and human.  Meaning he is of no relation to Dom but feels more Human than Locust and finds out that his mother (Dom's Wife)  was indeed raped and he should of been Human.  His Mother (Dom's wife) tells him at a young age before she dies to find Dom and Marcus and end this war, you are the only hope now being both human and Locust.  When he finds Marcus he is shock to hear that only his Father died (DOm), and it takes a long time for him to trust and believe Marcus.  He immediately wants to be the leader and does not listen to Marcus.  In his head Dom was the leader and Marcus caused him to die.  They eventually build trust and together take the Locust down to end the war.


Dom's son is very rambo ish.  Also rocks the rombo style knife as he loves melee combat.  And the bow.  New multiplayer mechanics with rush down knife kills and throwing knife kills.  All fun and take aim skills

swungsolid
swungsolid

i just think it has to be done considering the fact that there are not that many big exclusive franchises on the xbox, plus the fact that the x1 is not backwards compatible, and the fact that all games should get the new hd treatment, and continue to get the updates that they originally had, bc live will eventually not exist anymore for 360 someday. like the res evil 1 remake for example, plus new games tempt to make things worse by changing stuff, i like gears 2 over 3 for example. of all the redone games why not go ahead and make gears the one to redo, its better than getting metro as a choice, anything that i played that has really fun multiplayer cant die esp if its one of microsofts defining exclusives!

nfsyesman
nfsyesman

Please give us customizable characters for multiplayer.


I'd love to create my own COG soldier with different armor options, like summer or winter wear, and different helmets.

martintones
martintones

Customised online players would be a great addition! I remember how crazy people got for even the golden guns in previous games. Being able to change the whole appearance would be awesome!

rcebankz
rcebankz

Here's a tip Black Tusk... MAKE IT EXACTLY LIKE GEARS OF WAR 3.

xstriiken
xstriiken

IfI would like it to be better than judgement . When gow3 beta was released me and my friends where amazed. We love the gameplay much better than 2. And when the game was released we couldn't stop playing. Nice story and great gameplay.! When judgement was announced me and my friends could not wait to play it. And when the beta was released we thought.. it dont feel like gears.. but the actual game would be better. And it wasnt.... the story was ok It gave a better understanding of the first 3 . but the online which we would play the most was terrible It wasnt gears. At all... so in the next game maybe make a polished up version of gow3 like online wise.. make it a team game dont try an make a different version of cod like u tried with judgement. Make it so u cant just run in spray and prey. Make it so u need planning. a team effort. And bring back the gnasher its useless in judgement! Bounce battles with gnashers is what makes gears GEARS. We don't want another cod its boring thats why I dont play it . We dont want to be overpowerd by rifles and a oneshot sawed off. Its takes the skill out. From my point of view judgement is to easy. U dumbed down the game for new player's but thers no skill it it. Just make a upgrade to gears3 and not another downgrade. .....

CrackDima
CrackDima

they already announced that the game will have playable Mario characters

Vambran
Vambran

I don't understand the whole gears of war setting. Is this earth? A colony of earth? Some kind of alternate dimension earth? Why can't they leave the planet? They seem to have all this crazy technology like orbital weapons and A.I. robots , why are they stuck on just one planet?



xstriiken
xstriiken

Basically. Its earth and humans live on the surface and locust live underground. Human government knew they lived with locust but the public dont. And the fule they use "emultion" is bad and turns them landment. Its mined from underground where locust live. But the locust try to escape it and go to the surface. But humans think there attacking and fight back. Then theres a war blah blah blah .humans win locust die....

charlton3k
charlton3k

@xstriiken It's a planet named Sera that they have colonised due to all the Imulsion but a war broke out between the colonists over control of the fuel, which awoken the Locust race that were hibernating under the surface.

cousinmerl
cousinmerl

cant do any worse then 'gears judgment' - man that game took all the fun and soul out of the series...
(i.e horde mode + 3 weapons)

I hated that thing.

Urizen316
Urizen316

@cousinmerl I liked it a lot. It wasn't as good as its predecessors, but it had some interesting ideas.

Overrun was pretty awesome, and the campaign was fun and challenging.

But yeah the original weapon system was better.

TruthSerum808
TruthSerum808

I'm glad they're concetrating on the overall "feel" of the game. So while they're at it I want them to take the opportunity to punch up the feel of the guns. 


While all of the weapons in Gears LOOKED punchy to me they always felt a little too "pew pew"  if you know what I mean. 

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

Sigh.


I had hoped the Black Tusk game would be a new IP. Not that they'd be the Gears of War's 343 Studios. 

MigGui
MigGui

@gokartmozart89 they can deliver a new IP, but first MS wants it to prove it can do well with a strong IP they own. strong entrances in established IPs sell more x1s than new IPs that need huge marketing and time to get it going. and x1 is losing the war, so the focus is on that.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@Urizen316 @gokartmozart89 Not if you paid attention to the plot. It was the worst FPS Halo campaign. It hardly lived up to the standards that Bungie had set. They botched the entire introduction of the villain. Spartan Ops sort of made up for it, but you had to stick around for all the seasons.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@MigGui @gokartmozart89 Risking a prized IP after it just suffered the worst received title in the series isn't doesn't exactly sound like the strongest strategy. However, Fergusson is a veteran from Epic, and he loves this franchise. I think it's more that MicroSoft trusts in the team they've put together. I'd still rather get a new IP, but based on the way Fergusson talks about the gig it would seem to me that Black Tusk is only around for Gears just like 343 is only around for Halo.

MigGui
MigGui

@gokartmozart89 risking a prized IP sure is a big jump, but since the original owners are no longer partners (the IP being bought from the original owners) so they either let it rest (which makes no sense) or do what they're doing...

theKSMM
theKSMM

Even though this sounds like the next game will have the old gameplay on a new set of maps, I'm glad that they recognize the need to take things slowly rather than trying to implement all the great ideas off their idea boards in their first game.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

he's right, after the first Gears, I played like 3 games where they pretty much copy pasted Gears game play especially the cover system. I think the cover system in Gears game made it what it is today

je29836
je29836

as long as you can still chainsaw bad dudes in half I'm in

swungsolid
swungsolid

BRING BACK THE 26 MISSING MAPS FROM GEARS 2!!!! FOR GEARS 4


swungsolid
swungsolid

DO BEAST MODE 2.0 WITH TONS OF WAVES!!!

swungsolid
swungsolid

BLACK TUSK STUDIOS AND MICROSOFT!!!!!!!!!!!RELEASE A MARCUS FENIX COLLECTION FOR XBOX ONE!!!!!!!!

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@swungsolid And the fanboys call the PS4 a PortStation. Would you really rather that Black Tusk remaster the old games rather than make a new one? Or did you not own a 360, so you couldn't play the originals? Because I totally get that. It's why I bought The Last of Us remaster. 

Fartman7998
Fartman7998

Gears of War, again?  Give me a break.

tarosukew12
tarosukew12

@Fartman7998 Lolz. "I don't like it so others should not have it" Good idea. Also there hasn't been a Gears game in ages and the demand is there taco bender