MS’ Big Game Announcement
During this weekend, Phil Spencer (aka Mr. Neck) had tweeted that there would be a big game announcement Monday morning. Everyone pretty much knew that it had something to do with MS’ newly formed studio, Black Tusk. Well, the crystal ball readers were right. Black Tusk will be working on…(drum roll)…the next-gen Gears of War. I know what you guys must be thinking because I, too, started rolling my eyes. It turns out that the Gears of War IP has been sold to MS. That is why Phil Spencer would not make any confirmation about future iterations of the IP on the Xbox One. Apparently, they had been negotiating a buyout this entire time.
I’m not sure how I really feel about this news due to the Gears: Judgment fiasco. One bit of silver lining is that Rod Fergusson is back to make sure things go well with MS’ wholly owned IP. Many of you know that Ken Levine sought out Rod to finish up Bioshock:Infinite, and that game turned out to be not too shabby. Another thing that helps MS in the console wars is that they’ve insured that Gears of War will never make its way onto the PS4. With the Halo franchise, Titanfall (at least the first game), Ryse, Forza franchise, Dead Rising 3, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Project Spark, Fable franchise (although it’s not remotely relevant to what it used be), and now the Gears of War franchise as Xbox One exclusives; MS has a stable of games that can match up against Sony’s horses. What are your feelings about this latest bit of news?