Next Gears of War is currently under development at Black Tusk Studios, located in Vancouver, BC Canada. After the last Gears of War game, rumors started circulating that the franchise may go multiplatform. However, before that could happen, Microsoft bought Gears of War from Epic to make it a permanent part of its library.
Epic made Gears of War into what it is today, so concerns were raised if Black Tusk will be able to live-up to the standards. At the time of acquisition, Microsoft also hired Rod Fergusson, the former Epic Games executive producer and director of production, he also worked for Irrational Games and 2K before joining MS.
Now, it seems Microsoft needs more help with Gears of War as the company has gone on to hire Greg M. Mitchell, Epic’s director of cinematics. He revealed the news on Twitter, saying that he is leaving Epic to join Black Tusk to work on Gears of War.
As I mentioned he was the director of cinematics and video, so he is likely to be given a similar position at his new studio. Gears of War is Microsoft’s killer app, and the next installment is shaping up to be the biggest one yet.
By having both Mitchell and Fergusson, Microsoft is certainly looking to keep the essence and core of Gears of War. Another one of Microsoft’s flagship titles, Halo, is now being developed by 343 after Bungie gained independence.
Expectations are high and fans want to see both 343 and Black Tusk do justice with these two amazing franchises.