Today Microsoft Studios has purchased the Gears of War franchise from previous developer and publisher, Epic Games. In addition to announcing the purchase of the franchise, Microsoft also announced that Black Tusk Studios will now take over development for the future of the series. Rod Fergusson, the former Director of Production at Epic Games on the Gears franchise, will also be joining Black Tusk to oversee the development of the series going forward.
Head of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer had this to say as to why Black Tusk was chosen to take over development of the series.
Black Tusk has assembled a world-class team with deep experience and passion for the shooter space, and specifically the “Gears of War” franchise. I am extremely confident that under the leadership of Hanno Lemke, Rod Fergusson and our other leaders in the studio, Black Tusk is well equipped to take on the future development of the “Gears of War” franchise.
And finally, here is the statement from Epic Games on this acquisition:
“Epic Games has reached an agreement to sell the ‘Gears of War’ intellectual property rights to Microsoft. We’re very proud of the franchise we built in close partnership with Microsoft over the past decade and are happy that this agreement enables Microsoft to forge ahead with the ‘Gears’ universe on their industry-leading platforms as Epic concentrates its efforts on new projects,” said Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “Epic remains totally dedicated to supporting Xbox One and is licensing the Unreal Engine 4 technology to Microsoft in support of their future projects.”