Microsoft Buys Gears of War Franchise, Gives Rod Fergusson The Reigns

Microsoft has purchased the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games, much like it did with Halo. The company now owns the franchise and all previous versions of the game. The Globe and Mail has all the details on the deal, including the fact that Microsoft's Vancouver-based studio, Black Tusk Studios, will be in charge of the franchise moving forward.

Speaking to the Globe and Mail, Microsoft's Phil Spencer said that the company bought the Gears of War IP because Epic didn't have a game in the pipeline.

Black Tusk Studios, which will be making the next Gears of War title for Xbox One (we assume), is headed by Hanno Lemke, who was responsible for hiring Rod Fergusson (a key producer for Epic Games on the development of the Gears games). He'll be in charge of driving the vision for future Gears of War games.

"I’m extremely excited to be joining Black Tusk Studios to oversee development on the Gears of War franchise," Fergusson said in a prepared statement. "I’ve been privileged to work on a lot of great games with a lot of great teams, but Gears has had the most impact on me professionally and personally, so this really feels like a homecoming. I can’t wait to share more with you all soon."

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Thanks to Blain Kylo for the head's up.

Source: Globe and Mail

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