When Gears of War releases on the Xbox One sometime in the future you can expect it to be a combination of the old and new. The developer behind the new title have talked about how they are looking to keep what makes Gears of War unique but also try to innovate and improve. Speaking to Total Xbox Rod Fergusson, studio head at Black Tusk Studios, spoke about they have to evolve but also remain the same.
“It’s the same thing with all sequels, They want something new but they don’t want something so new that it doesn’t feel like what they want. But if you put out something that’s very familiar and is the same as the game they just had, then it’s like ‘I’ve already had this. This isn’t new enough.'”
Neither Microsoft nor Black Tusk have released any concrete details about the next instalment in the series other than to say it is in development and will release on the Xbox One at some point.
“You actually have to betray them enough to give them something new and surprising but not so much that they disconnect, and I think that is a big thing that we have to focus on. It’s how we can innovate and bring something new to the franchise while at the same time really proving that we understand Gears – that this is the franchise that you know and love.
Microsoft announced in January that they had purchased the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games. The deal included all of the rights to past games as well as the ability to create further games and other media as well as merchandise.
Other details, such as how much the agreement cost Microsoft, are unknown. However, it is safe to assume the acquisition was not cheap as Gears of War has been one of the Xbox’s biggest sellers. Development on the series is now being handled by the Microsoft subsidiary Black Tusk Studios who are headed by former Gears of War producer and director Rod Fergusson.
You can probably expect to see something about Gears of War at E3 next month. Fergusson said back in January that, “We hope to be able to share more news about Gears of War later this year.” This might mean that plot details could be revealed, such as whether the title is a sequel and whether the Locust remain the enemy or if there will be some new bad guys to chainsaw apart.