Xbox One Gears of War game will use "bleeding edge" rendering techniques for "best in class" visuals

Job listings at Black Tusk Studios also seek individuals to make an "industry-leading multiplayer experience."

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Unsurprisingly, it appears Microsoft and newly established first-party studio Black Tusk Studios have major ambitions for the all-new Gears of War game for Xbox One in development at the Vancouver-based outfit. A spate of recently posted job listings spotted by DualShockers reveal new information about the game.

One listing for a Senior Rendering Engineer says that Black Tusk's new Gears of War game will make use of "bleeding edge new rendering techniques to deliver best in class visuals for a AAA console game." This job ad also mentions "major new features."

Black Tusk's job listings also include a call for an Art Director, who should be comfortable "working with a broad spectrum of styles, from photo-realistic to highly stylized." Microsoft hasn't said yet what art style the new Gears of War game will use, but it appears everything is on the table right now.

Other job ads mention "innovative features," and one post for a Gameplay Engineer specifically seeks an individual with experience in co-op gameplay, suggesting that the new Gears of War game will carry forward the franchise's proclivity for co-op.

Multiplayer also appears to be a focus for the new Gears of War title, as one position for a Lead Multiplayer Level Designer calls for an individual to work on an "industry-leading multiplayer experience." This person should also have familiarity with traditional Gears of War gameplay and past multiplayer map designs, the post says.

In addition, a job posting for a Senior Level Designer calls out creating "interesting and dynamic levels and mechanics," going to note that a successful candidate will end up investing and integrating "great events and gameplay mechanics, with the goal of making every moment special and memorable."

Microsoft purchased the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games earlier this year for an undisclosed sum. Veteran Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson is working on the game at Black Tusk Studios, but we have not seen any images or video from the project to date.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

887 comments
gunnmetal
gunnmetal

well im surely interested. cause i have 123, but i wont preorder before i see it out, cause the last one didnt get good reviews and i havent played it yet

H0M3RC1D4L
H0M3RC1D4L

It's good to hear news that Gears of War will be making an appearance on the system.  I'm wondering if UE4 will be used for the game or if Black Tusk is developing their own graphics engine.  Would seem a waste to avoid the UE4 development kits since the previous engine was great for the games on Xbox 360.

Garm31
Garm31

It's just like your PC. When you lower the resolution further below Sub-HD, it's amazing to see the performance boost and additional graphical settings that can be turned on... Oh! ya The Cloud. I forget about that. lol

dani_i89
dani_i89

I respect your opinion, but disagree with you on one point....although PC has the potential to run games that would put console exclusives to shame, it just has not shown us any examples of that yet.

Gbullet
Gbullet

Gears of War is coming back ? 

My interest on a Xbox One has suddenly gone up...

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

"Bleeding Edge", "best in class", "visuals".


Incoming casual trash. Prepare your shields.

pyosisified
pyosisified

Get ready for another generic casual linear 3rd person cover shooter 

dannyg1533
dannyg1533

Maybe the new Gears of War will give the series a new breath of life. I wasn't too impressed with the last 2 Gears games on the 360. 

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

I'm more concerned about the story than graphics. Thank god the developers are different. Hopefully they won't be like 343i and make a melodrama story with QTEs, or how "People Can Fly" tried to make Judgement into TF2 with class-based gameplay and cosmetic microtransactions galore. Seriously, don't fuck this up.

blackothh
blackothh

bleeding edge graphics techniques and xbone dont belong in the same room

Navardo95
Navardo95

Gamers are WAY too oversensitive whenever there is a mention of the words "graphics","resolution" etc.. 

Start going outside fatties..

Infinite_713
Infinite_713

I've beaten and put hundreds of hours in each Gears of War...except for Judgment. This series one my favorites and is one of the reasons I just can't have a PS4 alone, I'll be making my XBOX ONE purchase a few months from now.

Infinite_713
Infinite_713

Hopefully it's going to be NOTHING like Judgment. That game was terrible

teko92
teko92

Xbox for multiplayer exclusives, Playstation for single player exclusives. Just means that both consoles must be owned or a choice has to be made whether preference is single player or multiplayer. Owning both, they both offer good gameplay experience even if PS4 has an edge on most cross-platform titles that do not rely on camera input. No reason to hate either of them. 

I do have (naive) hope however that Sony will start pushing for high-value multiplayer and coop titles also (at their single player quality levels) to justify why we suddenly have to pay for PS+ for multiplayer. At least Microsoft shows exclusive commitment in this department. 

When I saw announcements for The Order my first thought was that finally we had something up there fun-wise with the "Gears of War Insane difficulty 4-player Coop experience with friends". For that, even Judgment showed us a good time even if many items smelled like "DLC". 

jecomans
jecomans

@dani_i89 Is that statement the point you are trying to make, or the one you disagree with?

themc_7
themc_7

@youngzen69 I've just stopped asking that question. It really doesn't bother me and it's not a make or break thing. Ryse proved that a game can look stunning at 900p/30fps. 1080p/60fps would be nice, but I'm not starting a revolt when it doesn't happen.

Garm31
Garm31

@youngzen69

 "Will it run at 1080p, 60fps?" NOPE!


Sub-HD upscaled to 1080p and 30fps, if your lucky.


Acekidder
Acekidder

@dannyg1533  Judgement was a let down but gears 3 was a masterpiece and the best in the series by far.

Acekidder
Acekidder

@blackothh  ryse and forza looks dar better then anything on ps4 fact sooo what you got for a comeback fool.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@blackothh The PS4 and exclusive good games don't belong in the same room. See what I did there?

Acekidder
Acekidder

@Navardo95  I have a gym in my house and work 6 days a week but play games in my spare time (what little i get).


i am probably in well better shape then you, so what have you got to say to that?plus if you dont play games why are you on a games forum sitting on your ass typing??? thats just sad.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

Lol but you cant match my six pack so it doesnt matter

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

H1Z1 multi zombie MMO coming

Everquest multi MMO coming

Planet side 2 multi bro shooter coming

Next PS Plus Free Game : stick it to the man

PS Plus savings : tons of sales on games since launch even when there weren't many games they gave us sales. I got Flower, Flow & Super Mother load all together for around $10 bucks. I got that $10 bucks free in the ps4 box!

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

O.o.

Multi bro shooters : blacklight, killzone, ghosts, bf4, warframe (mp coop). 3 of which not on xb1

Multi MMO : DC Universe, Final Fantasy Reborn. 2 of which not on xb1

Multi Moba : Awesomenaughts. Not sure if on xb1.

Multi Couch Coop : Towerfall, Cell Damage, Super Motherload. 2 of which not on xb1 not sure on Super Motherload.

Ps Plus Free Games since launch : resogun,contrast,don't starve,outlast, Mercenary Kings ( also a multi : online or couch, also not on xb1 I think )

Probably more I'm forgetting. Have you actually turned on a ps4?

Garm31
Garm31

@sanchango

"come on man, be realistic, 900p!"

Another sub high definition resolution.

blackothh
blackothh

@Acekidder @blackothhany remotely new high end game for the pc, not only will you get better graphics, you will get a smoother frame rate too.

trotz75
trotz75

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn!!

teko92
teko92

@lrdfancypants  Love PS+ due to instant game collection. But value has so far been lower for PS4 than for PS3 for me (still positive balance though). To be expected this close after launch. But multiplayer on PS platform now requires PS+. Before you had a choice to save money.

teko92
teko92

@lrdfancypants  Fair enough. Just stating my own opinion. Not saying games are not there .... whether these are good enough or not comes down to preference. Ghosts/BF4 I play only on the PS4 but those are not exclusives. I will be playing both R6 and next Ghost Recon on my PS4 but again they will also be available on Xbox. Found Warframe is OK but "free to play" quality games has not been my thing on consoles. Games which would "play just as well on PS Vita grade console" is weak justification for me to buy current-gen dedicated high-end gaming system. I actually found Dead Nation to be lots of fun in 2-player coop but again this is not a game which "sells a PS4/X1 platform" for me. Titanfall and Gears of War stand out for me as great exclusive multiplayer franchises. 


I haven't found something exclusive on Playstation (PS3/PS4) that reached the quality level of e.g. GOW coop/multiplayer. I don't like Halo so that does not count in the favor of Xbox for me. Killzone is "blockbuster quality" but I just did not find it too much fun. Still waiting for their promised COOP DLC which I have been waiting TOO long for. And I haven't seen any announcements about multiplayer exclusives for Playstation that wants to provide the same kind of next-fen multiplayer experience that they provide for single player (Infamous, The Order, next Uncharted, .....).

teko92
teko92

@collingtonuk @teko92  So true! It seems however I spend quite some money on hardware upgrades to keep the graphics that way :-) Don't know if total cost is actually lower when considering this aspect. But graphics are mostly better and you get access to games not available on consoles! 

jecomans
jecomans

@dani_i89 I suppose it depends on where you think 'to shame' lies on the spectrum of 'better graphics'? There are plenty of games on PC that look significantly better than the best console games (Ryse, Second Son or Shadow Fall, probably). 'To shame' is quite strong; I think a lot of console games look amazing, but PC-console is night and day with a good rig and monitor.

trotz75
trotz75

People spouting bullshit specs remind me of them boys in school who had 12 inch nobs, oh wait the local bike told us it was only 5-6 inches at best lol

Gbullet
Gbullet

@blackothh @ritsukoblueYou sound like a 10 year old - "PC Master Race" - I am running an AMD 8350 FX and 2 x 7970 Crossfire - Does that make me part of your ficticious Master Race ? Idiot sheep.

blackothh
blackothh

@ritsukoblue @blackothhwhos the sony fanboy? you have me all wrong, i am pc master race and have come down off my high perch to see what the console peasants of the countryside are bickering about today. i shall return to my perch when i leave my place of fortune gathering, dont worry.

ritsukoblue
ritsukoblue

@blackothh You Sony fanboys don't BELONG on this Xbox article! But yet! YOU HATERS ARE HERE!!! HATING UP A STORM!!

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

Yes I agree on plus. The other side of the coin is xb1 saying no games for gold till end of year because of not a large enough selection available.

So get free games from start or the flip of a middle finger ? I'll take the free games. Were they AAA like ps3? No but better than nothing is way I look at it.

Ps plus free offerings will improve for ps4 as library grows. Least on plus you're not told to wait a year before they tend to it.

I forgot injustice was put on ps4 : multi couch and online fighter. Last gen port? Yeah but I did not play it last gen so I was happy. Point is sony is covering all angles of multi player from couch to online in all categories even some completely not available on xb1 such MMOs. We all know they will kill on the single player side of things anyway.

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

Yeah gears like I remember. It was fun with a friend. I do want an awesome gears game.

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

Out of the two, titanfall and gears, i am more interested in gears. I just hope they really bring it back. It was fun to play with a friend.

teko92
teko92

@lrdfancypants  Good points ... Also agree that we want something amazing in the next Gears! 

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

I get what you're saying. I just think they are putting forth a ton of effort. I was pleased to see couch coop games being released.

Is Towerfall, cell damage, super mother load, Awesomenaughts huge blockbuster system sellers? No. But they aren't priced as that and are meant to add content to your investment.

As for the xb1 titanfall I lost interest in because of no split screen. And honestly it's another bro shooter released in an already beefed up next gen category. There is no shortage even next gen for shooters.

Gears last game means they need to step it up and prove themselves again.

dani_i89
dani_i89

Maybe shame was a strong word to use....as far as I can tell, consoles definitely have the upper hand in having the best looking games at the moment...I really can't think of a game on pc that looks mind blowing. Battlefield 4 does not count as it looks just as good on the new consoles. Even hu along 4 and the last of us look better than pretty much anything on pc. What do you think are the best looking games on pc?

jecomans
jecomans

@Gbullet You are like Aragorn, son of Arathorn; though you may turn your back on the PC Master Race and live in the wilds, you cannot escape your destiny as king of the gaming world. Perks include hot elf women.

jecomans
jecomans

@dani_i89 BF4 looks much, much better on a good PC set up than it does on PS4 or XBO. You can massively increase the resolution and frame rate, improve sampling, tessellation, particle effects, physics effects, water effects and shadows, plus improved texture mapping; all these things that are nerfed on every console game have the ability to be utilized on PC.  

Crysis, a game released for PC 6 years ago, is so high fidelity even the new consoles would barely get 1080p/30fps, and you can crank it far higher on a PC. 

The objectively best looking games are Crysis, Metro or Witcher 2 on PC, but many PC ports of multiplats from the last few years look better than any console exclusive.

The Last of Us squeezed every last byte out of the PS3, but the PS3 is equivalent to a low end PC. Probably the best looking game ever is heavily modded Skyrim (it's environments can get basically photo-realistic).