After the news that Microsoft purchased the Gears of War IP from Epic Games it shouldn’t surprise you that the Internet tackled its creator with a plethora of questions. In a blog post the father of Gears of War, Clifford Bleszinski, opened up about the sale and revealed his thoughts on it, as well as squashing any rumors about his involvement.
Cliff is more or less completely fine with the move, as he should be considering he left Epic Games well over a year ago, signaling his separation from the franchise for good.
“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. (Rod, I owe you a girly drink at GDC.)” – Clifford Bleszinski
He went on to explain that he knew about the sale a week ago thanks to Micforsoft’s Phil Spencer:
“Phil Spencer went out of his way to give me a phone call to inform me of the transaction last week. Phil, you didn’t have to do that, you’re a gentleman. I appreciate it; that goes a long way. 343 knocked it out of the park with Halo and I think Black Tusk will do a fantastic job with Gears.”
It’s very clear that Cliff is fine with the move, and actually excited to see what a new studio can do to the Gears of War license. Fans of the franchise can only hope that Black Tusk manages to do what 343 did with Halo when it comes to the next Gears game, which will more than likely be an Xbox One title.
Bleszinski made sure to erase any rumors from this sale in regards to his involvement stating that he in no way has intentions to ever work on Gears of War again:
“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!)”
Those first two statements are as plain and simple as it gets, Cliff is done with Gears and only wants to look towards the future. Speaking of which, he hinted that his resolve to create a brand-new world is stronger than ever, and that he hopes to make an announcement about his next project sometime soon:
“These recent events have steeled my resolve to make something entirely new.
Time for new cosplay, new tattoos, new fandom.
Fingers crossed there will be news soon.”
There you have it, Cliffy B is officially done with Gears of War, not like that’s news, but you know how the Internet gets with its rumor mills. You can check out his full blog post on Tumblr.
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