Epic Games Was Going To Leave Gears Of War Alone For 10 Years
If you need some context to this story, back in January it was revealed that Microsoft had acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise, and that a new game was in development for the Xbox One.
Now, the founder of Epic Games has stated that the studio agreed to the deal with Microsoft because it didn’t want to do anything further with the Gears of War IP, as in it didn’t want to make any more games in the franchise.
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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, speaking to Polygon, explained that his studio didn’t see much Gears of War in its future.
“We’ve gone through a long process of figuring out the games we’re going to build at Epic worldwide in the future and we concluded that we weren’t going to be building any more Gears of War,” he said. “As much as we love the game, we’re heading in a new direction.
“The core Gears values are really tied to being big event-based, single-player console games with awesome cover mechanics and other things that really didn’t translate into the future approach we were taking with online games, and competitive and cooperative multiplayer.
“Because we weren’t planning on building any more Gears games we were just going to let that sit on the shelf for a decade or more, in case it had any future value to us.”
Sweeney then commented on Microsoft’s acquisition of the Gears of War IP, and said that it was a triple win solution for Epic, Microsoft and the gaming community.
“It was one of those rare moments when both Epic and Microsoft were able to make a business that was obviously best for the community. Much better to have Microsoft building Gears games than for it to be sitting on the shelf unused by Epic.
“Selling an IP like that is a rare thing,” he added. “Most companies look at it as their crown jewels but at Epic we had a practical view of it: We weren’t going to build it and we realized the world wanted more Gears of War.”
Epic Games is currently working on Fortnite, which is a PC exclusive co-op sandbox survival game.