Microsoft acquires rights to Gears of War franchise, Black Tusk Games developing future games

Despite acting like they didn’t care what happened to it, Microsoft has secured the rights to the Gears of War franchise. They’ve entered an agreement with Epic Games where Black Tusk Games will be developing future installments for the Xbox One.

Microsoft says:

Today we’re excited to announce that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. In addition, we are excited to announce that Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, BC will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise and that Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward. We had a chance to chat with Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios, Hanno Lemke, General Manager of Black Tusk Studios at Microsoft Studios, and Rod Fergusson about the big news.

You know how you were complaining about the Xbox 360 getting endless Halos, Forzas and Gears games over the past generation? Well its probably going to get even worse now that Microsoft owns it. I don’t know why Epic would pull a move like this since there is a lot of money in developing the series for other consoles and PC.

Still, I’m sure Microsoft threw a ton of money at them and they couldn’t say no. Its odd to see Epic discard their biggest series so casually.