Microsoft Acquires Gears Of War Franchise From Epic Games

Microsoft announced that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games. This deal includes rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. Also, the new Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise on behalf of Microsoft. There is more good news for Microsoft, 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.

Why did Microsoft purchase the “Gears of War” franchise?
Phil Spencer: It all comes back to our commitment to Xbox fans. The “Gears of War” franchise has a very strong, passionate and valued fan base on Xbox. Over twenty-two million units have been sold across all “Gears of War” titles worldwide, grossing over $1B dollars (US). This franchise, and these fans, are part of the soul of Xbox. By acquiring this franchise, Microsoft Studios will continue to offer them more of their favorite games and entertainment experiences from the “Gears of War” universe.

Epic games shared the following statement on the acquisition:

“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,” said Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “Epic remains totally dedicated to supporting Xbox One and is licensing the Unreal Engine 4 technology to Microsoft in support of their future projects.”

Source: Xbox One

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  • The Gorn

    Good news for Gears fans.

  • Bugbog

    Now let’s hope they can give us a Gears of War for Surface/WP!

    • Guest

      Sadly WP and Surface runs on different OS :(

      Your right they should have made a pure mobile OS

      • Bugbog

        With the base code they can still write for both.

      • Cruncher

        The OS does not matter. It is the API and runtime environment which matters. Windows 8/RT on one hand and WP on the other hand could still run the same apps if the APIs were the same, even if the OS is different.
        Do not make the mistake to assume you need the same OS.

  • Asgard

    This must prove PS4 fans that MS has billion dollar hate for gaming with their entertainment-only console :)