Those thinking or hoping that the Gears of War series on the Xbox 360 might continue on the Xbox One may want to start having second thoughts after an interview with Microsoft Studios Vice President Phil Spencer released Thursday.
"I want to find a great Gears game," Spencer told IGN's Podcast Unlocked. "I thought we did a good job with [Gears of War] Judgment, but I don't think it hit the level of quality we saw in the previous games. I think review scores showed that. Sales showed that. I really think we need to take a step back with Epic and think about… I don't want to call it a reboot because I think it's an overused term but think about where that franchise goes and how to expand what it was."
Spencer went on to say that Epic has the Gears series on the backburner while it focuses on other projects like Unreal Engine 4 and Fornite. However, he then intimated that maybe the franchise shouldn't return.
"I think that franchise would need to be… not be reworked but think about how to expand that universe and what people are doing," he said. "Maybe make it more gritty, I don't know. You'd want to do something with it, because I think it ran its course on 360. And it was a great success on the 360, but it doesn't quite have the story arc of a thing like Halo or something, at least the way it's played out in the games."
Gears of War 3 did put a definitive ending on the Marcus Fenix/Locust War trilogy with no hint at a cliffhanger. Meanwhile, Judgment showed that maybe prequels aren't always the best idea. Additionally, much of the brain trust behind the series such as producers Cliff Bleszinski, Rod Fergusson and even President Mike Capps have since left Epic Games.
While Halo is continuing on under a new studio, it seems like revisiting Gears of War will be a much tougher road to travel.
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