Epic Games has handed over the rights to Gears of War to publisher Microsoft. The deal includes the rights to all existing and future games, plus merchandise and “entertainment experiences” – and MS has wasted no time in setting the cogs in motion.
A brand new game is already in the works at Canadian developer Black Tusk Studios, under the watchful eye of Rod Fergusson. The new Gears is in safe hands: Fergusson oversaw the franchise as Director of Production at Epic, and will now play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk.
I’ve been privileged to work on a lot of great games with a lot of great teams, but “Gears” has had the most impact on me professionally and personally, so this really feels like a homecoming. I can’t wait to share more with you all soon.