After Microsoft announced today that it would be purchasing the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games, and subsequently allowing Black Tusk Studios to create a new title for the Xbox One, the series original studio said they won’t stop developing video games, according to a report today from GameSpot.
Taking to Twitter after the announcement, Epic public relations manager Wes Phillips said the rumors that the company would get out of the development game and stick to licensing the Unreal Engine 4 to developers isn’t totally accurate.
“And for people saying Epic isn’t making games anymore, we currently have multiple games in development,” Phillips said, pointing at the studio’s upcoming survival sandbox title Fortnite.
When pressed for more games, however, Phillips said, “#secrets”.
Fellow Epic PR practitioner Dana Cowley expressed similar sentiments on her Twitter account, saying “We’re still making games, don’t worry.”
In an official statement, obtained by the Xbox Wire, Epic CEO and founder Tim Sweeney said they would continue to support the Xbox One and license the game’s engine technology to Microsoft for Gears of War and future projects.
“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,” Sweeney said.
Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer said the reason the platform holder purchased the $1 billion series is because Gears of War fans and the franchise itself “are part of the soul of Xbox.”