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Published on January 27th, 2014 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

Microsoft Purchases Gears of War IP from Epic Games

Even if you’ve been a fan of the Gears franchise, you may not have known that Gears of War as we know it has always been owned by Epic Games.

The games we’ve received, while published by Microsoft, were kept in-house at Epic. When the next-generation of consoles was announced, many gamers wondered the fate of the Gears franchise and whether Microsoft would re-up on publishing the title or allow the Gears franchise to pull a Mass Effect and go multi-platform. Especially in the light that the most recent title, Gears of War: Judgment, didn’t pull in the franchise’s usual sales.

Well that question was answered today, as Microsoft has announced that it acquired the rights to the Gears of War Franchise from Epic Games. Moving forward, the studio in charge of the franchise will be Black Tusk Studios who has Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production of the Gears of War franchise at Epic Games, heading the charge forward with the franchise. Hearing that, it’s needless to say that the franchise is in great hands.

When the Head of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer, was asked about the purchase, he had this to say:

It all comes back to our commitment to Xbox fans. The “Gears of War” franchise has a very strong, passionate and valued fan base on Xbox. … This franchise, and these fans, are part of the soul of Xbox. By acquiring this franchise, Microsoft Studios will continue to offer them more of their favorite games and entertainment experiences from the “Gears of War” universe. More online gaming with c9bet.

You can’t fault them for knowing how to keep their fan base happy! I, for one, am a huge fan of the Gears franchise and look forward to seeing where Black Tusk Studios takes it in the future.

Side note: With Gears of War out of Epic Games‘ hands, I imagine Fortnight will be getting a bit more love & polish from the team. This can mean nothing but good for PC gamers, as that’s the only platform that’s been announced for Epic’s next game.

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