Microsoft Studios just acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise from creator Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future titles, along with entertainment experiences and merchandise. Straight and to the point, all future releases will continue to be published by Microsoft Studios, which published previous Gears of Wars titles, ensuring the franchise remains exclusive to the Xbox.
Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, BC will take over development of the Gears of War franchise, while Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games, will join Microsoft in a "key studio leadership role" on the development of future titles, Microsoft said.
Microsoft's interest in Gears of War boils down to how successful the franchise has been on the Xbox platform. There have been over 22 million Gears of Wars games sold to date, grossing over $1 billion.
"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," said Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios.