Xbox One Gears of War game to "reignite" the franchise, says Microsoft

And don't expect a quick turnaround for Black Tusk Studios' first stab at the beloved franchise, Phil Spencer says.

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The first Gears of War game from new series developer Black Tusk Studios must "reignite" the franchise and grow the series in a meaningful way, according to Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer.

"Still working through plan. I can say first original [Gears of War] from [Black Tusk] has to reignite franchise and grow it, won't be a quick turn," Spencer said on Twitter. He further explained that he thinks Microsoft has assembled the right team to achieve this goal.

"I just want to give them the time," Spencer said, suggesting that the game's release is still a ways off.

Microsoft purchased the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games last month for an undisclosed sum and revealed that former Epic Games producer Rod Fergusson had returned to Microsoft to work on the series. Official details on the new Gears of War game are expected sometime in 2014.

No new games in the series have been officially announced, but it would be surprising if Black Tusk's first title doesn't come to at least the Xbox One. Longtime Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski will not work on the game in any capacity.

Spencer previously teased that a future entry in the Gears of War series might be "more gritty" than past games in the series. He also explained that Gears of War: Judgment did not hit the level of quality of past games and this was reflected in review scores and sales, he argued. This is something he's hoping to turn around with the new Gears of War game.

"I don't want to call it a reboot because I think it's an overused term, but think about where that franchise goes and how to expand what it was," Spencer said.

The Gears of War franchise is one of the Xbox platform's leading series. It has spanned four titles so far: Gears of War (2006), Gears of War 2 (2008), Gears of War 3 (2011), and Gears of War: Judgment (2013). Together, the games have sold more than 22 million copies and generated over $1 billion. Gears of War Exile, rumored to be a Kinect-enabled spinoff, was canceled.

Discussion

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bbyrne1337
bbyrne1337

I'm a huge fan of Gears too (and I have the logo on my shoulder... \m/ ).

Anyway I think if microsoft want to "reignite" the franchise they need to eliminate judgement and treat it as a
learning curve in terms of what not to do...

The reason judgement failed was because it was like a diet steak...!


Everything that makes GoW, needs to be realised, not scrapped,

The dark, brutal, heavy, hard hitting, take no shit feel needs to come back.
(I cannot stress that enough).


I don't want to feel like it's okay to die because I'll respawn,.. I want to feel like dying is the end of the world!

I would hate to see you ruin a potentially, groundbreakingly epic, opportunity to restore Gears...

No more Call of Duty...!

"Xbox don't let us down".

macktrippy
macktrippy

im a huge gears of war fan i have the symbol on my chest, its all i used to play (til i got robbed) but truly i dont want to see a huge difference and i dont think fans do either, because each game we have all complained about 1 the damage ratio of weapons, 2 why does the gnasher shoot accurate with hip fire on gears 1 but not on gears 2 (when it was first released it was almost impossible to hip fire) 3 why are there so many updates changing the way weapons are used. 4 WHY WAS THE MULTIPLAYER BETA FOR GEARS 3 BETTER THAN THE FULL GAMES'. 5 Why in the hell would you add an even powerful shotgun(the sawed off) when you already have an overwhelming weapon like the gnasher which to me ruined the multiplayer for gears 3 and judgement and judgement wasnt a bad game it was just the layout of the game was like call of duty and i hate that game, whos bright idea was that anyway????? and most of all WHY DOES THE CONNECTION LAG SO BAD WHEN IT DOES. Why doesnt it stay on dedicated servers (pray they fix this for the xbox one there are no excuses this time microsoft)


My reason for this is because at the time epic were listening to the wrong players and hired the wrong developers and were changing gears too much and were not staying true to the franchise. When I first played gears 1 I just absolutely fell in love with the game I bought the game and didnt even have a xbox 360 because there was no game like it, it had fire fights, taking cover with blind firing, heads exploding, bodies being ripped and blown to pieces it was THE ultimate war game. 


I feel this game is more realistic than call of duty besides the story it set itself apart even more mutliplayer wise because it had THE biggest competitors and a in game creation of gameplay (wall bouncing, superman, etc) with the greatest Weapon ever created the GNASHER. This is why Gears of War will forever be my favorite game OF ALL TIME.

invictalogic
invictalogic

Well on behalf of the community that understands the complexities of being a loyal fan, I wish to share my input. While sales and feedback from Judgement appeared...off, lets take a look beyond the collection of negativity. Was the game pleasing to true fans? No. However, why can we not accept the learning experience. Perhaps what most people fear is change. To much change? Maybe not the best, but Judgement was not a complete failure. 


Three main accomplishments included widening the target market, introducing many new features that were universally accepted, and lastly working as stepping stone for the next release. For those who disagree, I'm sorry but your glass house will eventually crack!


Gears One... is this a question? Two, okay the controversey starts here. There's still a ton fans playing this game, yet refuse to make the "faster," transition to Three. You have to adapt I'm sorry, but it's frustrating. There's a more significant quantity of people whom have adapted then not. The game is great to pop in here in there, but what is there truly to compare with the technological advancements made in Three?


Three may be unquestionably the best. The numbers don't lie, and were not talking sales comparing apples and oranges. I'm talking people who are online TODAY! All this takes to figure out is playing for as long as I've been playing. Talking to millions of people. This is not an independent opinion. I speak for thousands. I could list gamer tags and have it signed. None the less, there are major frustrations with this game. Much less than the others but worth bringing to attention.


Connection and Characters, need I say more? Weapons? Not so much, just a common desire that you could "Pop Shot" or "Quick Scope," quicker with the long shot. The ink transition was wonderful, but due to connection sometimes, there's some inevitable issues.The gnasher "was," perfect. The "downs," were perfect. When out of 10,000 players you have a mean of 90% gnasher use with a standard deviation of .03%, I think it's conclusive that the gnasher has a lot to do with why this game is preferably different.


If you could take the best qualities of Judgement, incorporate them into a Three feeling, where could you possibly go wrong? Now, Three was released for the Xbox One, there's no doubt in my mind that sales would be compareable to Judgement. With the touch of what made Judgment fun to play, there could be a really good game here. Take even the small things into consideration. Games modes, weapon spawns, maps. Maps alone go a very long ways. 


I'm going to end on that note. I hope another serious fan picks up or elaborates more. I'd just hate to see anyone be mislead in the making. The fans are why this series still exists. True fans, take two minutes like I did to create an account and post your thoughts. It may be worth it, it may be not. Either way, I still vote on election day.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I'm a bit surprised. I thought he would have said it's going to be the same old, same old.

Hellcanwait
Hellcanwait

To me Gears of war will always be a trilogy, none of the creative forces behind the first 3 games are attached to series now, why not start a new IP.

nobody was looking for a 4. installment and now they want to reboot the franchise...

deadpen
deadpen

Hummm, This statement sounds very familiar.

jcogopogo
jcogopogo

Loved the first one, can't remember if this was the first type of take cover and shoot game, hope the one coming out for xbox one is good , I have a ps4 so unfortantly i won't be able to play it but we need the console exclusives to be really good, need to push game makers so we benifit

TacticaI
TacticaI

Words cannot express the atrocity that is Gears of War Judgement. 

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

Gears of War 1 is one of my favorite shooters of all time, 2&3 were also pretty damn good. But then Judgement came out, it sucked and I have a feeling that MS is going to use the series as a cash cow.

ObxChillin
ObxChillin

just make xbox one compatable so we can play Gears 3.......thanks

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

Gears with a few Stealth parts, Jumppack/walljumping parts, a few Openworld parts,  and a enough development time and cash, could become something cool.....


a good sign, they cancelled the Kinec spin off...

sakaixx
sakaixx

better if they made new IP based on GoW's battle system I mean I played Judgement a bit and in an instance I know the series should have stayed with 3's ending

Georg_Maximus
Georg_Maximus

"More gritty". Well, initially I like the sound of that, but fear is that they will throw in a ton of gore, only to ignore the most important parts: fast paced tactical gameplay, creative weaponry and stunning graphics. I have my doubts it'll be anything more than a moneymaker built upon previous success.

GregoryBastards
GregoryBastards

The only credible way of doing this would be to release it on the pc too...sure the fanboys would get something to cry over...but a really good game would become excellent...i mean i have no idea how a co op centric game such as this which is meant for system link play doesn't get releases on pc only so that ms can have an exclusive. Imagine something like borderlands being an xbox exclusive, that would be counter productive...i mean i dont know how many people play gow with two xbox and two tvs...most of em mostly play split screen....which kind of take away from the experience...

So chill out ms and release this game on PC...also make it 4 player(or is it already..??)

Securator
Securator

the only way to do that  would be to make it an rpg...why cant they just take every game and make it a rpg...

wallacom
wallacom

Could never get into GoW, maybe this will be different.

Someguy1212
Someguy1212

looks like Microsoft is already getting desperate.

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

As a gamer, I hope they do a good job with the next GoW. MSFT will probably ruin it....like everything as of recently.

teller76567
teller76567

Oh and  Phill Spencer are you going to have M$ mess it up like they messed up halo and the halo C.E anniversary...

teller76567
teller76567

Oh gears of war how much Microsoft is trying to use you to keep people happy with their less powered xbox one and force fed kinect. I don't care for gears of war it's just a gimmick to try to satisfy gamers that they are loosing because of their over sized ego of all in one media center hub aka xbox one 

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

As long as it doesn't turn out like Judgement I'll be fine.

Defender1978
Defender1978

An awesome Pendulum Wars trilogy would be worth checking out.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

Off topic a bit, but for those of you who enjoy the Gears universe check out the books by Karen Traviss.  They are great and it helped me enjoy the games immensely due to the character development that took place between the games.  


It will be interesting to see how they intend to pick up the story seeing as how 3 ended (avoiding spoilers even though it has been years).  Though the Pendulum Wars might be fun, when you already know how it turns out it is a little anti-climatic IMO. Epic did a great job creating Sera and I enjoyed the ride while it existed.  I always hated the keyboard muscle/screaming/homophobic/racist/sore winner multiplayer as I have never claimed to be anything other than average at the end of my work day and responsibilities, but Horde and Beast were always fun with reasonable people and friends.


Anyways, check out the books.  They really are well done.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

The Order 1886 got all kinds of s**t from GS, IGN, and other sites for being a standard 3rd-person shooter. Going to be interesting to see if these same sites go all bat s*** crazy when this comes out saying it is the best game ever lol

AmbiguousAlias
AmbiguousAlias

The first game was so fresh and had awesome online play. Gears 2 was a disappointment, and I never finished Gears 3. Judgement got a passing glance or two on the store shelf. One and done, IMO.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

I wasn't that impressed with gears of war tbh. It was jus like any other squad based shooter iv played really. I guess it was ok but I think people go on about it like its a gift from god which is a huge overstatement. its the kind of game I would pick up in a bargain bin, not buy on release.

andfx8
andfx8

Hmmm never finished Gears 3 but I'm excited to see where they go with the series.

therealdealadam
therealdealadam

@Securator make gears of war an RPG u idiot, you don't have in the bit of a slightest clue.......... keep gears like it was on PC the best game ever invented. Due to the fact you can use keyboard and mouse wall bounce at 60 fps and own like a boss

ninboxstation
ninboxstation

@Someguy1212 it's a good sign, means they'll try even harder.. (not like when the 360 was leading, for a few years.., MS started to take it easy and only pushed Halo 4 at the end..., now MS will really try to compensate with the weaker hardware with very good games..., and that just might make Sony push a bit more too... , it's good for the market and for us gamers..)

tzolynski
tzolynski

@doggiezilla  Stick to your PC is better comments.. actually just swallow your thoughts.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@teller76567  Umm, ok.  Is that why it got amazing reviews from metacritic and many others?? (C.E.that is)

Or did you just need a focus to point your fanboy-esque mentality at?

lameblamer
lameblamer

@teller76567


On a different note, Halo 2 on the Xbox One is going to be phenomenal can't wait to get into that.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@teller76567  Seems the PS4 owners are the only ones upset with the Xbox One!  lol


It is sad, no shame. . .  No dignity.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@SavoyPrime  Doubt it.  Doesn't look like it is going to have anything new to offer in the genre.

In the end, not a system seller or a game to convert anyone over.

lameblamer
lameblamer

@Aaronp2k


Glad you have an opinion man. Why you'd feel the need to go into a positive board for the game, like anyone is going to give a crap is beyond me. But I'm glad you're an individual with your own mind.

teller76567
teller76567

@hina_ken Well if you played the original halo you would be able to see they left a lot of things out of it. See is i'm just trying to bring up a point that if a game has a H.D remake to it should stay the same way with little details :) So before you attack some one you should at least know the facts instead of saying hey it got amazing reviews must be good right??

teller76567
teller76567

@lameblamer Yeah true but sad to say that it wont be any good because 343 killed the H.D re-make of Halo ce.....so i'm not really to exited for it to come out i will enjoy my Halo 2 that bungie made for the original xbox on my xbox 360 :)

teller76567
teller76567

@hina_ken Lmao i'm no fan boy of the ps4 it's funny when people get all touchy and emotional when someone feels like they want to defend something that isn't all that grand. Now see your going to defend a xbox one a all in one media center hub.....right and how they didn't care as much for the gaming community at 2013 E3's showing.....right well you do that.

teller76567
teller76567

@lameblamer Lolz well i'm not going to lie i need to find better things to do with my life i'm not going to lie never do. It's funny how when something negative is said it automatically adds that person to a fan of something else no i'm no fanboy of the ps4. 


How ever i do know that Microsoft was trying to take the xbox one in a new direction a all in one media center hub.....not so much as a gaming system.....yeah so i like Microsoft but not as much as just bending over for a over paid peace of crip crap junk :)

Someguy1212
Someguy1212

@hina_ken @SavoyPrime " Doesn't look like it is going to have anything new to offer in the genre." tell this to the CoD fans and they'll think your crazy.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@lameblamer @Aaronp2k  Not me, lol.  I am of the thought that opinions are like a55holes.  Everyone's got one and they all stink!

Most are best kept to themselves.

Woops, I just gave an opinion. . .

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

@teller76567 @hina_ken  You're in an internet comment section, you aren't allowed to have opinions different than the hivemind, that just makes it angry at you. The best way to have an opinion on the internet is to not use the comment section.