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'Gears of War' for Xbox One only just began development

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Microsoft announced Monday that it purchased the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games. However, based on a comments from Xbox Vice President Phil Spencer today, Xbox One gamers shouldn't expect to see an actual game for quite a while.

When asked on Twitter how long new Gears of War developer Black Tusk Studios has been at work on the next game, Spencer responded: "Leadership team has been involved for a month but studio has only been on Gears for a week."

Development of a AAA titles typically take around two years to make and that's on a tight schedule with a well-established franchise and studio. Based on that, a realistic expectation would be for a new Gears of War title to be released in the fall of 2016 at the earliest.

An Xbox One release is a given but Spencer didn't rule out a cross-generation release to the Xbox 360 or cross-platform release to PC. Xbox 360 honestly seems very unlikely, however.

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