It's not uncommon for Microsoft to toss around their money from time to time. Regarding the Xbox brand and franchises that appear on the platform, this idea is far from the exception. From Halo to TitanFall Microsoft always has a way with locking down major, hugely anticipated titles.
One of last generations massive platform movers was "Gears of War." Developed by Epic Games, the title helped sell people on the idea of "HD" graphics and truly pushed consumers into the space of "next generation" back in 2005.
This morning, it looks like history may be repeating itself as Phil Spencer has announced that Microsoft has acquired all the rights to the Gears of War franchises from Epic Games:
Today we're excited to announce that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. In addition, we are excited to announce that Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, BC will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise and that Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft"
This is tremendous news for Microsoft as they now hold on to three core IP's that all help or are going to help move consoles: Halo, Gears of War and TitanFall. Of course, time can only tell if TitanFall manages to really pull in a respectable audience, but with pre-release hype at an unprecedented high it's hard to imagine that it wont.
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