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

Gears of War
Gears of War
It'll be a long wait before Gears of War shows up on the Xbox One. (Microsoft)

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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