Now that The Coalition is developing Gears of War 4, the spotlight has pretty much left Epic Games after they saw it grow into a pioneering third-person shooter that would rival Halo in sales.
However, Epic’s Gears of War 4 version was actually fairly different from what we will see in The Coalition’s version when it releases later this year, according to an article in Game Informer.
Epic only got to work on Gears of War 4’s pre-production for around six months before Chinese multimedia company Tencent bought 48% of Epic’s shares. After that happened, Epic’s Gears of War 4 version fell by the wayside as the studio turned its attention to free-to-play PC games.
With Gears of War just sitting in the basement while Epic did nothing with it, Epic entered negotiations with Microsoft to have them buy the series from them, and thus Epic’s Gears of War 4 became The Coalition’s project, making them abandon the game they were already working on to grab onto it.
The Coalition then went back to Epic and essentially raided the archives in order to grab concept art and what Epic had already done for their own version of Gears of War 4.
“Epic’s initial Gears 4 engine was very mobile – and PC-centric more than it was console-focused. You can see their focus shift towards games like Fortnite and Paragon and stuff like that.”
Epic’s original concepts for the Swarm, the game’s primary enemy, also were incorporated into The Coalition’s version of Gears of War 4. However, Epic’s Gears of War 4 Swarm didn’t make it into The Coalition’s version of the game.
“However, the Swarm in Epic’s original take was different from ours. We started talking about what the Swarm would be at Epic, but [The Coalition] completely changed it as we developed the game on our own. The name stuck, but none of the monsters stuck.”
While we probably won’t be able to see how Epic’s Gears of War 4 might have turned out, we can at least know that The Coalition has incorporated some of Epic’s own work into their own version of Gears 4. We may even get a glimpse at some point.