M$ bought the GeoW IP

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#1 Edited by Gue1 (12171 posts) -

Epic sold the rights of the Gears of War franchise to M$. A thousand of sequels incoming... Black Tusk Studios will be the main developer of the new game.

http://news.xbox.com/2014/01/games-microsoft-studios-gears-of-war

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#2 Edited by Telekill (7445 posts) -

That was a smart decision on both their parts. It lets Microsoft keep one of their few exclusives while freeing Epic to do bigger and better things.

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#3 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (9315 posts) -

Microsoft just bought high. That series will be completely worthless after they have one of their first party studios churn out 2-3 more games in 2-3 years.

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#4 Posted by YearoftheSnake5 (9116 posts) -

I'm not surprised. Gears seemed like a franchise that would always stay with Xbox. Perhaps a new developer will be able to reinvigorate the franchise. If I recall correctly, Judgement was a flop.

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#5 Posted by Wasdie (53493 posts) -

This comes as to no surprise to me. I think the Gears of War franchise has run its course though. It won't be pushing consoles or making big sales anymore.

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#6 Posted by StormyJoe (7573 posts) -

@Gue1 said:

Epic sold the rights of the Gears of War franchise to M$. A thousand of sequels incoming... Black Tusk Studios will be the main developer of the new game.

http://news.xbox.com/2014/01/games-microsoft-studios-gears-of-war

Well, that sucks. I was hoping for a new IP from Black Tusk, not a new Gears game.

Milkage confirmed...

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#7 Edited by freedomfreak (49991 posts) -

They would really have to change things up. There's still quite a lot of stuff in the universe, but gameplay-wise, it has pretty much peaked.

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#8 Posted by GrenadeLauncher (6843 posts) -

Xbox exclusive to remain Xbox exclusive. Typical Microsoft announcement.

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#9 Posted by blue_hazy_basic (30829 posts) -

The first Gears game was "okay", the second one blew except for horde mode, didn't play any of the subsequent games.

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#10 Edited by Daious (2315 posts) -

Halo and Gears bi-annual yearly releases.

I know Cliffy wasn't happy when the last gears came out.

I was really hoping for black tusks new game to be a new IP. MS was suggesting a lot of new ips about a year ago.

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#11 Edited by edwardecl (2240 posts) -

I though the last version of gears of war was not so good, well if you look at metacritic user scores anyway, good job Epic for knowing when to move on to something else.

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#12 Posted by Heil68 (57914 posts) -

After the last 2 games and especially the last one which I didn't even bother playing...who cares.

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#13 Posted by shawn30 (4407 posts) -

@PurpleMan5000 said:

Microsoft just bought high. That series will be completely worthless after they have one of their first party studios churn out 2-3 more games in 2-3 years.

Agreed. And bringing in Rod, who oversaw the first 3 Gears and is familiar with its mechanics, atmosphere, and controls is a very very smart move. Unreal Engine 4 is the engine and I am looking forward to a new Gears big-time.

Xbox One confirmed EXCLUSIVE titles: Gears of War, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, D4, Killer Instinct Season 1 and 2, Fable Legends, and Halo 5. 3 new IP's, a fighting game, a FPS, and 3rd Person Shooter, Kinect-Only title, Online RPG, a Shooter/Television series hybrid, and a open-world game. Not bad for diversity, MS. Not bad at all.

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#14 Edited by PrincessGomez92 (5122 posts) -

I doubt any of the future games will be able to top the GOAT Gears of War 3.

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#15 Posted by shawn30 (4407 posts) -
@GrenadeLauncher said:

Xbox exclusive to remain Xbox exclusive. Typical Microsoft announcement.

@PurpleMan5000 said:

Microsoft just bought high. That series will be completely worthless after they have one of their first party studios churn out 2-3 more games in 2-3 years.

Agreed. And bringing in Rod, who oversaw the first 3 Gears and is familiar with its mechanics, atmosphere, and controls is a very very smart move. Unreal Engine 4 is the engine and I am looking forward to a new Gears big-time.

Xbox One confirmed EXCLUSIVE titles: Gears of War, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, D4, Killer Instinct Season 1 and 2, Fable Legends, and Halo 5. 3 new IP's, a fighting game, a FPS, and 3rd Person Shooter, Kinect-Only title, Online RPG, a Shooter/Television series hybrid, and a open-world game. Not bad for diversity, MS. Not bad at all.

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#16 Edited by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

Instead of forza/halo/forza/halo/forza/halo/forza/halo/forza/halo its gonna be forza/gears/halo/forza/gears/halo/forza/gears/halo just like last gen. How exciting are MS's exclusives lol

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#17 Posted by GrenadeLauncher (6843 posts) -

$1 billion to spend on vidya and they spend part of it on a dried up IP already tied to the Xbox without the original studio or designer.

To quote that other topic's title: Does Microsoft Even Know What They're Doing Anymore?

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#18 Posted by granddogg (725 posts) -

good for m$ not bad at all

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#19 Edited by Jakandsigz (6341 posts) -

@silversix_ said:

Instead of forza/halo/forza/halo/forza/halo/forza/halo/forza/halo its gonna be forza/gears/halo/forza/gears/halo/forza/gears/halo just like last gen. How exciting are MS's exclusives lol

Forza/Fable/Halo/Ryse/Gears <this

@GrenadeLauncher said:

$1 billion to spend on vidya and they spend part of it on a dried up IP already tied to the Xbox without the original studio or designer.

To quote that other topic's title: Does Microsoft Even Know What They're Doing Anymore?

THat $1 billion was spend on unrelated projects way before this, not sure if just pulling out anus.

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#20 Posted by Draign (1821 posts) -

Any great franchise from last gen deserves a next gen remake. How long has Mario, Metroid, and Zelda been around? SMH. Bunch of hypocrites on here.

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#21 Posted by I_AM_MEGATRON (423 posts) -

so who's the winner here? epic or MS?

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#22 Posted by Phazevariance (12206 posts) -

@silversix_: I'd rather take halo for a and gears over infamous killzone uncharted increments any day. Don't think sony isn't doing the same damn thing with their franchises, because they are. In fact they already have their first recycled game out from that cycle... Killzone.

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#23 Posted by handssss (1907 posts) -

@Wasdie said:

This comes as to no surprise to me. I think the Gears of War franchise has run its course though. It won't be pushing consoles or making big sales anymore.

it'd be stupid to even try to have a new game at this point (that is a sequel) unless it takes places hundreds and hundreds of years in the future. There's barely any humanity left and everything is destroyed. And playing against other humans won't be too popular as it is (evidenced by Judgment's MP). If they have to do humans vs humans, it needs to be a prequel from one of the other wars. There's plenty of content there to go off of, at least.

Judgment just angers me because I was so incredibly invested in the trilogy and I just felt they did every possible thing wrong with that game as if they were tying their hardest to kill it once and for all. And then they barely put out any additional content for it and abandoned it altogether.

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#24 Edited by tormentos (26637 posts) -

@blue_hazy_basic said:

The first Gears game was "okay", the second one blew except for horde mode, didn't play any of the subsequent games.

2 wasn't that bad,3 was also good but the series was already wearing down and Judgement sucks.

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#25 Edited by Truth_Hurts_U (9703 posts) -

They bought a dying franchise.

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#26 Posted by Draign (1821 posts) -

@Phazevariance said:

@silversix_: I'd rather take halo for a and gears over infamous killzone uncharted increments any day. Don't think sony isn't doing the same damn thing with their franchises, because they are. In fact they already have their first recycled game out from that cycle... Killzone.

Wait until next gen Resistance is announced. This place will go into a frenzy.

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#27 Posted by hamster3_3 (130 posts) -

I'd love a gears 4 or another trilogy. I don't play the cheap cash in prequals of in between games. I love the gears 1-3 story and the halo 1-4. I've never played reach, ODST or judgement (That's a lie. I played judgement for 5 mins at a booth.)

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#28 Edited by Renegade311 (350 posts) -

Good move by MS, it doesn't matter if people like the series or not it's still going to sell millions of copies.

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#29 Posted by Stevo_the_gamer (44862 posts) -

This is going to be an interesting E3 this year. :]

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#30 Posted by Solid_Link22 (5698 posts) -

I love gears of war but I also think that the series peaked with Gears of War 3. I'll probably play the new games though.

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#31 Edited by Rage010101 (5470 posts) -

It's about time they bought out the IP. Was a long time coming. Yeah, it's pretty much a sign that Epic may be moving on. Now time to laugh at all the cows who were excited at the thought that the next gears title could have potentially released on ps4 LMFAO

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#32 Edited by blue_hazy_basic (30829 posts) -

@tormentos said:

@blue_hazy_basic said:

The first Gears game was "okay", the second one blew except for horde mode, didn't play any of the subsequent games.

2 wasn't that bad,3 was also good but the series was already wearing down and Judgement sucks.

I wasn't impressed with the first one, the campaign was okay, the MP was downright broken. The second game's campaign I couldn't even finish.

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#33 Posted by StriateEnd (521 posts) -

**** offfff. Enough Gears. Enough Halo. Enough Forza. Clearly these games have peaked and all three of them have been on a downward spiral since. And now you're telling me Black Tusks' new game was just a tech demo? Bollocks. How much do you wanna bet MS realised it wasn't gonna make "COD levels" of money and decided to continue to milk the **** out of Gears.

This is why I'm never going to buy an xbox console. MS doesn't have faith that their new studios can provide quality titles that will sell big so instead they give them an old, milked franchises (343i with Halo, Black Tusk with Gears) or just shitty kinect franchises like they are doing with Rare. MS obviously have the money, so why not buy small studios/create studios and make them big. Like what Sony did with Media Molecule. Small indie (?) studio that now release AAA exclusives.

At least they've got Remedy... Who are developing a tv show-video game hybrid... bleeeeehhhhhh.

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#34 Edited by freedomfreak (49991 posts) -

So, this is what Black Tusk will be working.

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#35 Posted by EnviousEyezOnMe (272 posts) -

This is either good news/bad news. Black Tusk could either make things worse than Judgement which already left a bad taste in some peoples mouths(not all) or they could breathe new life into this franchise. Either way, with MS money, it was a smart decision and will sell some copies and systems regardless.

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#36 Posted by LJS9502_basic (162466 posts) -

Another reason why I'm not excited about the X1.....over priced...necessary online....and no games yet that interest me that I can't get elsewhere. Man MS used to be decent....

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#37 Posted by BPoole96 (22817 posts) -

Looks like you lemrats are in for another gen of Halo/Gears/Forza deja vu

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#38 Posted by Jakandsigz (6341 posts) -

This is actually a very good decision, especially for Japan.

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#39 Posted by shawn30 (4407 posts) -

@GrenadeLauncher said:

$1 billion to spend on vidya and they spend part of it on a dried up IP already tied to the Xbox without the original studio or designer.

To quote that other topic's title: Does Microsoft Even Know What They're Doing Anymore?

Titanfall, Quantum Break, Forza 5, Forza Horizon, Project Spark, Sunset Overdrive, Killer Instinct season 1 and 2, Fable Legends, Gears of War, Dead Rising 3, Halo 5 - game wise and feature wise what they are doing is great.

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#40 Posted by D4RKL1NG (278 posts) -

MS just bought the franchise to keep it off the Lordstation. Imagine how embarrassing it would have been if Gears went multiplat and the PS4 outperforms the Xbone version by miles.

But hey,at least xboners will enjoy the devils threesome again this gen (HaloforzaGears)

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#41 Posted by LJS9502_basic (162466 posts) -

@Jakandsigz said:

This is actually a very good decision, especially for Japan.

Japan doesn't support Xbox though....

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#42 Posted by sts106mat (24189 posts) -

cant say i am thrilled. i was hoping for halo 5 news not "we bought gears" the best part of this news is that Rod Ferguson has joined them.

Gears 3 was fantastic though, so i'd give it another chance.

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#43 Posted by Strutten (1263 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic: Lol pathetic i hope troll attempt.. lots of games you cant game elsewhere.. lol this is good news for x1 owners and fans..

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#44 Posted by Dreams-Visions (26578 posts) -

Good day for Epic. Sold a declining franchise for probably top dollar. And good for MS being able to keep a franchise linked to their platform exclusive.

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#45 Posted by silversix_ (26347 posts) -

@Phazevariance said:

@silversix_: I'd rather take halo for a and gears over infamous killzone uncharted increments any day. Don't think sony isn't doing the same damn thing with their franchises, because they are. In fact they already have their first recycled game out from that cycle... Killzone.

you have shitty taste so of course you will take a generic shooter like gears over the order or infamous. wouldn't be surprised if cod was your thing and you call ownage on 1 month exclusivity cod dlc's get. Some people enjoy playing new franchises and see old franchises significantly evolve with new generations while others are enjoying rehash/milking spam and there's no better than halo/gears/forza.

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#46 Posted by DrRockso87 (2634 posts) -

Dammit! That sucks. Not because Microsoft purchased the rights to Gears of War. Go right ahead. Couldn't give two craps. It's that Black Tusk Studios' new game was speculated to be a new IP (possibly stealth-related) and now... it's just Gears of War 4. Super. *sigh*

I'll cry if Sony Santa Monica announces another God of War game at E3 instead of this "new IP written by the writers of 'Battlestar Galatica'.

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#47 Edited by LJS9502_basic (162466 posts) -

@Strutten said:

@LJS9502_basic: Lol pathetic i hope troll attempt.. lots of games you cant game elsewhere.. lol this is good news for x1 owners and fans..

No what's pathetic is your attempt to argue against my opinion. I don't play Gears....therefore...it doesn't induce me to pick up an X1. Deal with it. Or cry in a corner.....I don't care.

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#48 Posted by jsmoke03 (13696 posts) -

@I_AM_MEGATRON said:

so who's the winner here? epic or MS?

definitely epic. i dont get why judgement didnt sell as well as the other 3. thought you lems like gears. epic just dumped an ip and would still probably make money from the unreal engine thats going to be used to make that game.

this isnt news to me. its status quo....you cant give a point for a something they already had

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#49 Posted by Strutten (1263 posts) -

@StriateEnd: Well, thats only according too you guys.. Kinda double standard much, new kz (teh awesome), new gt (omfg), new uncharted (holy molly the best).. when its ms securing some of the more awesome titles its (dissapointing, milkage etc etc) if you ask me thats beyond pathetic and again this hatred towards an console.. i mean come on man, it is/was great games no matter how you spin it.

Many like/love these games, just because you think they suck, does'nt make it a fact dude. So get a grip , gears on ue4(?) and next gen is good news for xbox owners and gears fans.

Some serious double standards around here.. lulz

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#50 Edited by Strutten (1263 posts) -

@LJS9502_basic: lol got a bad day ? :) You pretty much state it as a fact. Ms are very much decent. And why should i cry in a corner lol its consoles and games.. why so jumpy dude relax :)