Microsoft And Gears Of War Get Their Groove Back

Reunited and it feels so good…..So it looks like Microsoft bring us all back into the Gears of War universe. In a press release pushed out today we learned that MS bought the rights to the now downtrodden IP and has brought former Senior Producer,  Rod Ferguson back on board to head the ship.

The most interesting part of the whole deal is that whatever the new iteration of the series will be, it won’t be developed by Epic Games, but by Black Tusk studio out of Vancouver. This would be Black Tusk’s first go round with a pretty well established franchise and will be a huge undertaking for a studio that hasn’t really produced a game yet. In an interview on the Xbox News site Phil Spencer (Corporate VP of MS Game Studios) was asked about what Black Tusk brings to the table he had this to say.


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.

In my opinion it’s a risky move, especially for a game that was already hitting the red line of the franchise fatigue meter. If you don’t know what I mean, ask the People Can Fly folks how well the last Gears game sold. With more announcements coming later in the year I’m sure more fans will come out of their “E-Holes” especially long time Gears fan and Spawn On Me co-host Cicero Holmes.

For now we’ll keep our ears to the ground waiting for more news on the newest Gears game. Tell us what you think of this new revelation. Are you excited for a new Gears game?


Kahlief Adams

Kahlief was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As an avid technophile and lover of all things video games. He set his career path in the direction of a life making games until he found out his arch nemesis, “Math,” had other plans in store. So instead of making the next Tetris he found himself writing and talking about games on his website The Spawn Point Blog and Spawn On Me. Check out what I'm blabbering about over @kahjahkins on Twitter. PSN = KAHJAH1 XBL=KAHJAHKINS

  • Cicero Holmes

    Well played, Mr. Adams! Well played! *slow clap* I do think, however, that a new studio helming this series may be just what the doctor ordered to freshen up this franchise.

    January 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm
    • thespawnpointblog

      We can only hope. I was trying not to be a A-Hole talking about E-Holes.

      January 27, 2014 at 2:23 pm
      • Cicero Holmes

        All jokes aside. The Gears franchise is very important to console gaming. The cover shooter, for all intents & purposes, was popularized by the first game and Horde mode was the inspiration for Halo’s Firefight & COD’s ever prevalent Zombie’s mode.

        January 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm
  • Arobin10

    I purchased a PS4 1st, so I’m waiting for a killer app on the One before I pick up that console. My issue is that I purchased the last Gears game & played about 2 hours before putting it down in boredom. The only way this move will be a success is if they truly change the formula & deliver some fresh ideas.

    January 27, 2014 at 4:22 pm
  • jnemesh

    Yes, a tired franchise is going to save the Xbox One! Or was that supposed to be Titanfall? Halo maybe? Sunset Overdrive? Keep dreaming guys…it’s done.

    May 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm

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