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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i hope Rod adds penalties for Gnasher Whores. i tweeted that idea to Rod during Pax East & he replied with "thats actually a good idea" of course i got replies from the naysayers but idgaf bout wat they have to say

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@senorbusyman: Learn how to wall-bounce and maybe then you'll love the gnasher

Gnasher is basically the traditional weapon of choice for Gears multiplayer

To penalize it would be stupid...I think Rod just replied with, "that's actually a good idea" to make you feel good about yourself and so you don't feel stupid knowing you have support

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@rosinmonkekyx17: how bout u shut the **** up & keep ur bullshit to urself. i like to play gears the way i like to play it since the 1st gears. use lancer as my main weapon of choice & only use the gnasher when necessary & no Rod actually takes feedback seriously unlike CliffyB

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@senorbusyman: Oh no guys!

I made the kid mad

Wah wah

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@senorbusyman: 10 years and 5 games later people are still surprised that Gears is and will always be centered around the gnasher.

Stopping power will be added and removed, the rifles will be buffed and nerfed, guns will be added and removed, but the gnasher will always be THE gun. You will just learn how to adapt to situations and how/when the lancer and hammy will be permissible to use.

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@senorbusyman:

You're one of those people that claims they "came up with it first" huh? I had an uncle like that. He died very lonely and bitter

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@Gravity_Slave: no im one of those that help give ideas to make something better. so keep ur bullshit to urself

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@senorbusyman: yup...alone and bitter....way to prove my point sport

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@Gravity_Slave: pinche puto

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@senorbusyman: Well you just showed is that you're a little kid

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Well I really enjoyed the beta so so far, so good. I also really enjoyed Halo 4 and 5 so I have faith that Gears 4 will be great as well.

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It looks pretty solid, but who knows until it's out. That said, Microsoft did well with Halo 5, so there's reason to be optimistic here. Sure, there will be people who will claim it's bad simply because it has Microsoft's name attached and, for some reason, people get really worked up by such things, but it'll probably be a solid entry.

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I am glad Cliff Bleszinski isnt on board anymore...otherwise we would have a multiplayer only GoW right now.

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@sladakrobot: how you draw that conclusion is a mystery. You're reaching sport

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@Gravity_Slave: Isnt LawBreakers multiplayer only?

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@sladakrobot: Anddd? You act like Cliff strictly does MP only games. Most of his games have a SP campaign. Again, you're reaching.

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@sladakrobot: It's a different IP. Not sure where you're getting his next gears would have been MP only.

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@fedor: Of course its a different IP coz he doesnt own Gears anymore but if he had still Gears,he could made it MP only.

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@sladakrobot: Not true. You say that like a cheap fortune teller or gambler that makes bad bets

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@Gravity_Slave: And yet you just say the oposite of me without knowing anything.

I could be right as much you couldbe right...you sound like a fortuneteller too

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@sladakrobot: sure, but he wouldn't. He just would have made another gears game just like the original trilogy.

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looking at halo as an example then yea, MS will most likly screw this up. i really think the best thing thats going to be coming out from this game is the fact that its promoting disturbed's version sound of silence.

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The beta is trash and I'm sure that's why he hasn't said anything

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Going by the Beta so far, they are screwing it up.

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Hahahahah judging by Microsoft's recent output Cliffy is going to be sad.

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Judging by how MS and 343 have lessened Halo and set it on a long decline everyone should be very skeptical until The Coalition proves themselves.

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@b00me: RIP Halo

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

That's a pretty toll order you're asking Cliff Bleszinski.

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@davillain-: you make it sound like everyone else is perfect. Last I checked, Sony has been hacked and brought to its knees twice, Nintendo...well, just Nintendo (Nintendo is a 1st party antiquated mess) and the PC has more crashes, glitches, hackers on an over- priced/kill platform out of the gate than anyone...but only MS is the "ONLY" one capable of screwing anything up right? The answer is no sparky.

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@Gravity_Slave: Of course nobodies perfect. My point is, Cliff is asking too much he's not involve anymore and MS isn't perfect themselves anyway, nobody is really.

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Cliffy B should be worrying about his own damn game at this point

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Microsoft screwed up Halo. They're most certainly screw up Gears 4. Also $50 dollar season pass.

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@berserker66666: Microsoft screwed up mainline Forza, they already screwed up Gears of War with Judgement, they screwed up Fable as well. Microsoft is being run by people whom only know how to screw good products up these days. They even greatly screwed up the entire XBox brand, all on their own.

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@PStrife: What dont you like about Forza 6?

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@berserker66666: screwed up fable

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@playstationzone: Lionhead screwed up Fable and that is why they are no longer

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@berserker66666: Halo 5s multiplayer >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Halo Reachs multiplayer. Also see my comment below.

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@ghostbuddy: Sure, your opinion and mine but I personally believe it's nowhere as good as the originals...

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@ghostbuddy: We get that it's MP stuff but some of us like Campaign content as well. I do.

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@davillain-: Halo 4's Campaign >>>>> Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo ODST, Halo Reach.

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@davillain-: Yep!

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