Microsoft Studios has announced today that it has acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games, handing over development duties to Vancouver-based team Black Tusk Studios. What's more, ex-Epic Director of Production and Gears man Rod Fergusson will be joining Microsoft, playing a key role on the series at Black Tusk.
Spencer assured Gears fans that Black Tusk taking over the franchise won't compromise future Gears of War titles. He went on to explain that Black Tusk has assembled a world-class team with deep experience and passion for the shooter space, and specifically the Gears of War franchise. He then announced that Hanno Lemke and Rod Fergusson are some of the project leaders in the studio.
Cliff Bleszinski has confirmed that he won't be involved with the next instalment in the millitary third-person shooter series. The former Epic Games director said he thinks that the property is in capable hands.