Microsoft acquires rights to Gears of War from Epic – Black Tusk developing

Today, Micrsoft announced that it acquired the rights to Gears of War from Epic.

“Today we’re excited to announce that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. In addition, we are excited to announce that Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, BC will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise and that Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward. We had a chance to chat with Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios, Hanno Lemke, General Manager of Black Tusk Studios at Microsoft Studios, and Rod Fergusson about the big news.”

I’ve never been a fan of the series myself, but I do see this as exciting news for fans. My only questions are, is there anything left of the story to tell or will Microsoft just be milking this franchise to death? And what about Black Tusk being a studio working on a new IP? Did Black Tusk just become a Gears of War factory? Time will tell, I guess.

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