If I were to jot down my absolute favourites of the last generation, Gears of War will surely make it to the list. The original Gears of War was one of the few games that urged me to buy an Xbox 360 back in 2006.
Now, here we are at the beginning of a new generation looking at the fifth instalment in the franchise.
Although every Gears of War game had its fair share of hype, the latest iteration stands out; primarily because it’s being developed by a new development team and hardcore community is expecting the new team not to redo mistakes seen in Gears of War: Judgement.
Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired the rights to the franchise from Epic Games and announced that Black Tusk Studios will be handling the newest instalment. And while the news excited many of us, some of us are wondering whether the game will stick to the core essence of the franchise or not?
Back in January, Phil Spencer confirmed that the new studio had only worked on the latest instalment for only a week, which implied that the game wouldn’t be out before fall 2016.
However, prior to E3, a leaked memo suggested that the fifth instalment might make it to E3 which obviously never happened. Even the rumours of a Gamescom showing didn’t turn out to be true!
Aside from these minor rumours, the game has mostly been in the shadows with no concrete details on the game’s setting, main protagonist, or anything worthwhile.
Speaking of the game’s protagonist, Gears of War and Delta Squad especially Marcus Fenix go hand in hand. Needless to say, but these amazing fleshed out characters made the game for what it is today. However, at the end of Gears of War 3, Marcus Fenix’s story presumably ended with Queen Myrrah’s death.
While it is safe to assume that the next Gears of War may feature a new setting and a whole new unit, voice actor of Cole Train, Lester Speight earlier vaguely stated that he had been contacted by the developers for the voice-over which led to many fans believing that they might witness the return of Cole Train, Marcus Fenix, and the Delta Squad – the statement was debunked, later on.
Difference of opinions does exist, but there was no second opinion supporting that Gears of War: Judgement was in any way better than the first three instalments which clearly implies that if Microsoft is to make the upcoming game a successful addition, they should do away with most of the things done in Gears of War: Judgement.
And it seems like Black Tusk Studios is on the right path if Rod Fergusson’s statement claiming that the next game will stick to the core essence of the franchise is to be believed.
Whether the game will continue the chronicles of Delta Squad or will take place in an entire new setting remains to be seen, but there is one thing for certain, the game will set bar for Xbox One like it did with Xbox 360 8 years ago.
We managed to get our hands on a couple of job listings which clearly indicated that Black Tusk Studios is deriving more inspirations from the first three games along with all new DirectX 12 capabilities.
Since the game is still in prototype stages, it is too early to claim anything.
Hopefully, the next E3 will bring in more news with a more realistic release window. In the meanwhile, you can continue to support the cause of bringing Gears of War: The Marcus Fenix Collection to Xbox One – mind you, it has been acknowledged by Phil Spencer, himself!
Where do you think the Black Tusk Studios is headed with the next Gears of War? Somewhere around Gears of War: Judgement, Delta Squad, or an entire new setting?