Microsoft buys Gears of War’s rights

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Posted January 27, 2014 by Guilherme Jacobs in Video Games

Microsoft has acquired the rights to the Gears of War frachise, and confirmed that Black Tusk Studios will be handling the games, that up until now were under Epic Games’ umbrella. This ensures that Gears of War will remain an Xbox exclusive, as we move into the Xbox One era. Rod Ferguson, former director of production of the series at Epic has also joined Microsoft and will help Black Tusk on the development.

“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,” Microsoft said via statement. “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.”

According to Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweene: “Epic Games has reached an agreement to sell the Gears of War intellectual property rights to Microsoft. We’re very proud of the franchise we built in close partnership with Microsoft over the past decade and are happy that this agreement enables Microsoft to forge ahead with the Gears universe on their industry-leading platforms as Epic concentrates its efforts on new projects. Epic remains totally dedicated to supporting Xbox One and is licensing the Unreal Engine 4 technology to Microsoft in support of their future projects.”

Black Tusk studios was created in 2012, as a rebranding of the old Microsoft Vancouver.


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