Cliff Bleszinski Won’t be Working on the Next Gears of War Title

Former design director of Gears of War, Cliff Bleszinski wrote on his blog today that he will not be working on any new Gears of War games from Black Tusk Studios and Microsoft.

He wrote this following the announcement that Microsoft has acquired the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games and the series producer Rod Fergusson would return to Microsoft to work on the game. Bleszinski however left Epic Games in October of 2012.

Bleszinski Wrote:

My former employer has sold the Gears of War IP/franchise to Microsoft and my friend Rod Fergusson is going to be working on it. To be honest, I don’t think the franchise could be in better hands. Heck, Rod’s Twitter handle, to this day, is “Gears Viking.” Gears is just as much Rod’s baby as it was mine. He’ll take good care of her.”

Bleszinski said that he learned about the sale last week when Microsoft Studios Corporate Vice President Phil Spencer called to tell him. Talking about his role in the upcoming games in the series, he wrote:

“I’m not going to move to Vancouver and work on it. I’m not going to consult on it. My headspace is in the future now, not the past. I have come to realize that until you give people something new to focus on they will obsess about the past. (good problem to have!)”

Cliff Bleszinski has been teasing his new project for some time now, he recently told people about his desire to work on an arena shooter for the PC. So clearly he has no intention of going back to work on Gears series.