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Black Tusk Studios is No More, Make Way for The Coalition

June 3, 2015

GearsRodCoalition-610That’s right, folks. The studio formerly known as Black Tusk no longer exists because Rod Ferguson has re-branded it to The Coalition. For Gears fans, the simple shift in name means a lot because the COG is know as the Coalition of Ordered Governments. The reasoning for the new studio name is because he wants people to identify The Coalition with Gears just as 343 Industries is synonymous with Halo and Turn 10 is with Forza. In addition, Rod confirmed that Gears 4 will be present at this year’s E3. Time to start getting excited because “You are the support, son!”  Hit the link for more info.

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  1. June 4, 2015 6:52 am

    Kenny, thanks for the heads-up. Rod is to Gears of War what Peter Moore was to the 360. Love ’em.

    Anyway, this is interesting (i.e., exciting) news because it means that Microsoft is truly committed to the franchise, and not just one more game. It is timely because I just finished GoW:J this week, finally, and I can now honestly say that I haven’t played a Gears campaign that I didn’t like. To put it positively, I love Gears campaigns. Third, while some people may disagree, I think that 343 made the best Halo game (4), and The Coalition will be out to follow that formula. Finally, great to have confirmation, as we expected, that there will be some Gears 4 news at E3.

    Gamers win, especially us, the Stranded.

  2. June 4, 2015 8:53 am

    This is a good symbolic step. It is no longer “some company making a Gears spinoff”, but one that is taking ownership of the franchise. I think with Rod at the helm, it will be a good thing. Cliffy B seemed to be a classic narcissist. Rod is a down to earth guy. As some of you may know, I had Rod on my friends list for some time. I don’t recall ever playing Gears of War with him, but I did spend a number of hours with him playing Borderlands. I really didn’t approach his celebrity status. He knew I was friends with Papi, and we left it at that. Just two gamers hanging out.

    Gears is a world we all love. I hope they don’t over do it this time. Keep it simple with the Story and the MP. That was your original charm that we all fell in love with.

    P.S. and please, Please… no more “meat shields”…..

    • June 4, 2015 6:05 pm

      Kenai, best not have any expectations, or desires for the MP. Whatever it is, it won’t be Gears 1.5, which is all we ever wanted. But, it might be something new, and also pretty cool. Still, I do not expect to be able to play MP and enjoy it unless it is OverRun (which I don’t think they will be bringing back – lol). Not negative, just realistic. The campaign, however, should be as awesome as anything that came before, unless they hire ex-Bungie employees who lazily worked on the Halo franchise. Backtracking till our necks are sore from doing 180s.

  3. June 4, 2015 7:14 pm

    I am not only on the hype train, I am standing on the roof, firing a gun and screaming.

    Only because I love the sweet sweet sting of disappointment.

    Truly, if one thing has defined this console generation so far, it is broken/disappointing games.

    We are still earlier in the console cycle, and they are off to a slow burning start. Hopefully, this E3 will be the tipping point for this gen.

  4. June 5, 2015 2:58 pm

    Love your enthusiasm, Zos! “WOOOOOO, I’m SOOO Hot!”

    GI has another article on MS’s show, written with more thought, by a more capable writer.

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2015/06/04/making-the-grade-how-microsoft-can-improve-its-e3-performance.aspx

    Here’s what they say about Gears:

    Deliver a Gears of War remaster done right.
    The concept of a remastered Gears of War collection has been shot down, but an April 2015 report indicates that the first game in the franchise might be getting a coat of polish. But to win points with a definitively weary audience, it had best be loaded to the gills and much more than just Gears of War 1 all over again.

    Interesting because for me, far more important than features, is polish.

    And OT, but very important to understanding the hobby.

    http://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2015/06/05/hating-the-player

  5. June 5, 2015 3:10 pm

    MCC is the best thing that has happened to franchises in general. It made them think no longer in just bland collections with piss poor stitched together bundles. But to envision them as ongoing growing products. The release of ODST gives hope they can continue to revisit old games and make them better. If they release Reach in all it’s glory it could be the ultimate comeback story.

    Destiny is just the future of games how it should be. It’s defining this console generation more so than yearly sequels. I never heard so many people be more hyped about expansions, than new game releases on consoles.

    If only that principle was applied then to Gears and Halo. It would no longer be about the studios trying to reinvent the wheel in each sequel, but instead expand games like Gears 1 into multiple years. It wouldn’t be about taking away modes and other content but making it all share the space. Ever expanding with each release.

  6. June 7, 2015 2:57 am

    Great ideas about a content channel for the games, and from an unlikely source (Activision) as far as I am concerned.

    The Black Tusk Studios Twitch channel has been changed to TheCoalition and they streamed some music and Gears 3 gaming this afternoon. Outstanding in-game communication. Makes me wonder though, how far along they are with Gears 4 and what their gameplay/control changes might be because they are playing Gears 3 like this is what they always do, like there is no difference between this and what they might be developing.

    http://www.twitch.tv/thecoalition/b/666035629

  7. June 11, 2015 3:35 am

    Game Informer put up a Wishlist for The Coalition’s Gears game. I disagree wholeheartedly with their call to make things more colorful and the story “better”. The action and the “story” match perfectly, in my opinion. I am open to whatever they do, but I love the Gears campaigns.

    What I was happy about was their call to keep and beef-up Overrun!! YES! Overrun!

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2015/06/10/e3-2015-wishlist-what-we-want-from-gears-of-war.aspx

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