Gears of War Creator: "I Hope Microsoft Doesn't Screw It Up"

"My fingers are crossed."

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This year's Gears of War 4 is the first entry in the shooter series created internally at Microsoft and without the help of its original designer Cliff Bleszinski. Now, Bleszinski has discussed moving on from the series and how he hopes Microsoft will do right by the franchise and its fans.

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"Now [the Gears of War franchise] is at Microsoft and I hope they don't screw it up. My fingers are crossed," Bleszinski told VideoGamer.com at a press event for his next game, LawBreakers.

He went on to describe his separation from the Gears of War series as being similar to a break-up.

"It's kind of like breaking up with an ex and wanting to see them get re-married but not to somebody who is better-looking than you," he said, referring to Microsoft.

Microsoft acquired the Gears of War franchise from creator Epic Games in January 2014. Bleszinski exited Epic before that, in October 2012, going on to establish LawBreakers studio Boss Key.

It's not yet clear what Bleszinski thinks of Gears of War 4's gameplay, but he did respond to the emotional first trailer, saying it made him "misty."

Though Bleszinski no longer works on the Gears of War franchise, veteran series producer Rod Fergusson is leading development on the series at new Microsoft studio The Coalition.

The Gears of War 4 release date is set for October 11, but if you buy the $100 Ultimate Edition you can play four days early. Additionally, the game's multiplayer open beta started April 25 and runs through May 1.

If you're more interested in Gears of War 4's campaign, you can check out this gallery of high-res images from the story component.

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Of course they'll stuff it up, Cliffy. It's MS!

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"...see them get re-married but not to somebody who is better-looking than you"....to me that statement reads he wants them to do good but not as good as him. Kind of contradicts his statement of hoping they don't screw it up because to me if its not as good as the original 2 gears I'm going to be disappointed.

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I hope so too Cliffy

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I dunno about that. Judgment was already a letdown, and we all saw how 343 screwed up Halo. And instead of covering something we've all been curious about like the Pendulum Wars, they instead seem to be going the lame route: the SON of Marcus against a NEW generation of monsters!

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@Barighm: Pendulum wars would've been nice

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@Barighm: I actually liked what 343 did with Halo but what I'm seeing with Gears is shameful. I just hope the campaign is a lot better than what I'm seeing in multiplayer mode

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@louixiii: Whaaaa

I think what 343 did to Halo was terrible :P

They completely veered off the path of what Halo was truly supposed to be

A game with a good story and balanced arena fighting (with power weapon spawns set)

Now they have armor abilities, built-in sprint

I just don't like the way Halo is going now

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@rosinmonkekyx17: Wow...I didn't think 4 deserved the high reviews that it got but 5 on the other hand was the best Halo I've played since the original. I was shocked at how good it was and I finished it on legendary

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@louixiii: True that

Halo 4 was complete garbage

It's story was pretty good but not as good as its predecessors, but it's multiplayer was complete trash

Halo 5, it's a good Halo, terrible story, good multiplayer, but I wouldn't say it's the best Halo, that goes to Halo 3, Halo 2, or Halo CE for me

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@rosinmonkekyx17: I still think the original was the best. It was more open ended. 2 kinda bored me but was better than 3 imo. 4 was the least inspiring but I can't believe you didn't like 5. I think it's the varied environments that made me like it lol and the fact that Locke moved faster and felt like a beast

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@louixiii: 5's campaign was pretty bad :/

A game about the chief but you only get like 2 missions as the chief

The only thing I liked about the campaign was THEY BROUGHT BACK BUCK

And they made him a Spartan :P

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@rosinmonkekyx17: buck as a Spartan was pretty cool xD

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@louixiii: What are they doing with Gears 4 multiplayer that you think is shameful?

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@freeryu: The characters aren't that appealing. The bad guys are like a knock off version of the same bad guys that's always been in the game and the visuals are not impressive...at least in multiplayer. I'm just not impressed is all. 9 times out of 10...I'm probably going to still get it but I hope they improve a few things

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@louixiii: I really can't say much on the characters not being appealing as we only see like 5 or 6 of em and don't know their backstories. I'd like to see big dudes fight ugly monsters again though. I want to see some guys that actually look like they can take these things on.

On the visuals, I highly doubt that will be a deal breaker for Gears fans. I hope it looks at least as good as Gears UE. That runs at 60 and looks really good. There's suppose to be a beta this August so we'll see if they improve.

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@freeryu: I agree. The visuals aren't going to be a deal breaker for people in love with the series but MAN...those visual I saw in the beta was cringe worthy lol And I have Gears Ultimate. I liked the visual in it even though I wasn't super impressed..but it was a WHOLE lot better than the original. You can tell they put in a lot of work and I respect that. I just hope the campaign looks really good. That's the only thing I'm looking forward to at this point.

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@louixiii: I completely agree...The new enemies share so many similarities with the locusts

I mean, couldn't they have come up with a new enemy? One that doesn't look like a locust?

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@rosinmonkekyx17: My thoughts exactly. They look like skinless locust and one looks like a big bugger lol The sticky/gooey one lol

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@rosinmonkekyx17: Yeah I gotta admit they are basically reskins of the Locust lol. I hope we get more variety of the faction though. Like the Locust had Brumaks and the Serapeed things.

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Cliffy B just go away nobody cares what you think anymore.As far as microsoft they have been doing the best selling AAA games since 2001 when they created the Xbox.Gears of War 4 will be the best in the franchise after playing the beta for over 20 hours now and loving the Hardcore AI co-op mode can't wait

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@smackdowner360: You can't judge a game based on its beta

You may say a beta is good but we're 5 months away and a new game also excites

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@smackdowner360: Wow..fanboy much lol

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@smackdowner360: Microsoft didn't create Call of Duty, GTA 5, Skyrim, or any of the other higher selling multiplat AAA games out there.

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As long as I can get into a game fast enough, I could care less lol.

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@freeryu: have you played the beta? You won't be happy

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@Gravity_Slave: Yeah I played it, it's awesome.

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Who is he to talk about screwing up? Gears 3 was a HUGE let down!

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@edussz: Judgement was worse

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@edussz: No no it wasn't. Gears of War 3 was a huge successful and I even still play the game now and then on Xbox One thanks to BC.

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WTF is with the characters? They look like sissies. This is not the typical bad assery from the previous titles

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@jasonb520: lol yup! The main character looks like Stan from American Dad. And what's with the "hey! It's 1995!" douche with the buzz sides and pony tail??

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@jasonb520: One of the biggest criticisms the franchise got was the goofy exaggerated look of the characters, so they backed off on that.

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@Barighm: I've never heard that criticism. The original characters looked gritty and beefy. Now they look like Captian Planet extras

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@Barighm: But I loved the realistic meat bags

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@Barighm:

So a 90lb hipster chick playing the part of a super soldier looks more realistic?

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@onlinevegabond: lol how about the tard with the 1990's pony tail. Even the Swarm look stupid. And swarm? What happened to locusts?!

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@Gravity_Slave: If you played Gears 3, the locudts and lambent were both wiped out, completely, meaning there is no chance of them returning in ANY way

Swarm looks like a reskin of them to me...

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@jasonb520:

Depictions of strong masculine men is offensive so they were SJWd.

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@jasonb520: They are young.

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@jasonb520: Then what makes a character badass then?

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Being able to hug it out while wearing hemp armor?

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@davillain-: Big ass muscles I guess.

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Well, some of that responsibility also falls on The Coalition to make a good game. Gears 4 looks like it could be a great game, if they know what they're doing so I hope they don't screw up too.

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Well the beta is awful, the graphics look terrible, and it is the same boring recycled stuff again with a $50 season pass. I would say it is already screwed up.

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@edwardnygma: Should anyone take you serious? I'm pretty sure everyone on this site knows you're a fanboy lol.

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"It's kind of like breaking up with an ex and wanting to see them get re-married but not to somebody who is better-looking than you," he said, referring to Microsoft.

Yet you hope they don't "screw it up"? Zero sense made dude. Perhaps you shouldn't have sold out and kept working on it through Epic instead of making shltty games like Bulletstorm

But if it'll make you feel better Cliffy...the beta is terrible. The roadie run bounces so bad you cant see shlt, the Gnasher is worse than ever, finding any match is like waiting for a bus that "might" come and the graphics are Worse than your 360 version.

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@Gravity_Slave: Yeah, I thought it didnt make any sense either.

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