Where Should Microsoft Take Gears of War Next?

If you missed it earlier Microsoft announced some pretty big news that affects the future of the Xbox One. They have purchased the Gears of War IP from Epic Games for all existing and future games as well as entertainment experiences and merchandise rights. Not only that they also announced that Black Tusk studios will be developing the next game in the series and that Rod Fergusson has joined the studio in a leadership role to oversee the future of the franchise. Thats definitely a lot to take in.

Lets backtrack slightly and look at the history of the series which shows this was pretty much an inevitability. After Epic finished work on the trilogy it was clear they had no further plans for the series and many key players at the studio left. After what now looks like pressure from Microsoft to release a new game, Epic worked alongside People Can Fly and released GOW: Judgment which is as close to a cash grab in a franchise you can get. It makes sense that Epic have done everything they want with the series and with it being Microsoft’s 2nd biggest exclusive franchise on the Xbox 360, it’s no surprise they want to continue releasing new games. So this deal pretty much benefits both sides.

So what does this mean for the series itself? The trilogy was wrapped up very nicely and Judgment showed that even with a nonsense story that made no sense, fantastic gameplay and entertainment can carry you a very long way as it was still a fun game. It would make sense to try and set up a brand new trilogy as it not only is the most profitable idea but it seems to be the in thing to do right now. That leads them with two options; use all the old characters from the first 3 games or start a brand new story with new characters in the same setting.

I think brand new characters is what would be best for the series as I really liked the conclusion in GOW 3 and wouldn't want them to start messing with it by trying to find ways to start the conflict once again. Of course trying to sell brand new characters even in a recognisable brand is very risky and something I think Microsoft have zero intention on doing. Considering how reluctant they are to make Halo games without Master Chief, which is a more well known franchise, this shows me the chances of a new trilogy without Marcus and co is very small indeed. Which is a real shame.

Of course there is no need to totally jump into a new trilogy right away. They could just make another stand alone game and try out many new ideas and concepts. After all, this is brand new hardware and an almost completely different team working on the series for the first time. Again history shows us Microsoft isn’t too worried about this after 343 Industries dived straight into a new Halo trilogy (They did Halo Anniversary but this wasn't a new game) so it wouldn't surprise me if they do the same here. Again, I just don’t think the business decisions they are likely to make reflect what I think is best for the franchise.

I personally love the Gears of War franchise. It gets a lot of hate for being a bro shooter but I still think it has by far the best third person shooter mechanics in any game and is still one of the most fun experiences I have playing with friends via co-op, horde or multiplayer. I do however find myself extremely reluctant to get excited about a new game. Some things are best left untouched and after an incredible trilogy, I would be happy if I never played another game in the series. I would rather see the talented people that made it do something else and this is pretty much what has happened.

There are two people that made the series what it is today more than anyone else. The first is Cliff Bleszinski who left Epic after GOW 3 and since then has been enjoying his retirement. He has talked a lot recently about wanting to form a new studio and create a new shooter for the PC and to me that is more exciting than anything GOW related in the future.

The 2nd person is Rod Fergusson. Him being involved in the future of the franchise is the only thing that gives me a glimmer of hope that the new games could be anywhere the quality of it’s predecessors. However even with Rod involved he is still only one person and with a completely new team and ideas on what the franchise should be, who knows which direction the new games will go in.

Considering the amount of money Microsoft had to spend to get this IP it wouldn't surprise me if their goal is to release a new game every other year alongside Halo so they have at least one game from the two franchises released each year. This is exactly what I don’t want from the franchise and it is with love and a heavy heart that I would rather see the series disappear than just become some annual thing that never feels new or exciting.

I will obviously reserve judgment until the game is released but as my favorite series from the last generation, I want experiences on the next generation to not be the same old thing as before. Hopefully they can make it feel like something new in a familiar setting but the chances of that actually happening are so slim, I would rather just keep the great memories I had with the franchise and move on.

48 Comments
48 Comments
Posted by TheMasterDS

They should just have Marcus Fenix wake up on the ship and have an adventure completely unrelated to the events of Gears 1-3 and not have things back to status quo by the end of 4. They should call it The Continuing Adventures of Marcus Fenix.

Edited by BigJeffrey

Gears Of War: Son Of Fenix.

Edited by billymagnum

idk but i fucking hope it has microtransactions

Posted by Oldirtybearon

Out to pasture.

After Gears 3 there is no point in continuing this franchise. Absolutely none.

Posted by GunstarRed

A new squad of COG's are shrunk and injected into Marcus Innerspace style. They are tasked with the almost impossible task of fighting the anger out of him. They end up discovering that sweary-mouthed Anya is the mastermind behind it all.

Edited by Levius

A hardcore thrashball simulation game would be perfect.

Posted by crithon

Microsoft is a mess. They got a a scrooge mcduck money bin when it comes to resources so any one can come in and just say "I WANT TO DO THIS" and then it comes into Max VS the Brother Hood of Magic Markers which is again another Grabed by the Ghoulies mess. And then on top of that they don't really have longer contracts with exclusives, so they are just helping companies fund a game that's going to get funded onto PS3, PC or ipad.

Gears needs a more focused developer because even Halo seems to be all over the place.

Posted by GERALTITUDE

Like I said in a previous thread I think they need to sleep on it a few years until people in general care about the franchise enough that a return is The Return. Until then...

HD Remix?

Edited by spraynardtatum

Back to the grave. Actually, I take that back. What @amatureidiot said.

Posted by Blu3V3nom07

I had an idea where you could be a Gears sniper, and roll around with like five other Gears snipers co-op. They could even bring back some characters and weapons, but it'd be fundamentally a different game.

Posted by FiestaUnicorn

To the limit?

Posted by Animasta

Mars

Posted by Deranged

Gears Anniversary. Host controlled matches, exact same gameplay just with updated graphics. I'd buy that in a heartbeat.

Edited by Video_Game_King

To the Moon. As in "make a Gears/To the Moon crossover".

Posted by Veektarius

Hm, some of these joking ideas are pretty good. If the game became about colonists sent away from the ruined planet we left behind in Gears 3 to start a new life on a new planet and they encountered hostile aliens... it'd be sort of like Lost Planet except with good gameplay. If they do this I'm back on board.

Posted by mrfluke

id really like to see them continue on from gears 3, that would be interesting.

but from reading the comics, there is enough backlog fiction that they can use though.

Posted by Quarters

E-Day would be the only thing I'd be curious to see, as it's(oddly enough) barely covered in anything. Everything either occurs right before or right after it, but never during. But if it's anywhere near the quality of Judgment, I'd just rather it not exist. What a complete waste of space.

Posted by Hailinel

A hardcore thrashball simulation game would be perfect.

Microsoft Game Studios Presents Augustus Cole's Cole Train Thrashball 2015

Edited by EXTomar

A thrashball game based on UE could be a fun demo in itself. On a more serious note, I can't help but recall with 343 and Halo 4 where they didn't make a bad game but I can't help but wonder if they should have just asked 343 to make something new instead.

Do we let alone Microsoft need another sci-fi-dude-bro shooter? Their console needs games but serving up the different spins on the same stuff over and over and over again isn't going to help.

Edited by MarkWahlberg

@hailinel said:

@amatureidiot said:

A hardcore thrashball simulation game would be perfect.

Microsoft Game Studios Presents Augustus Cole's Cole Train Thrashball 2015

Do they actually describe what thrashball is? Because as someone who has no experience with this series, I'm imagining this as Gears Kart, except also Rollerball.

I would play that game.

Posted by Veektarius

@markwahlberg: No, it's definitely a football analogue first and whatever the hell else it is second.

Posted by Levius

@hailinel said:

@amatureidiot said:

A hardcore thrashball simulation game would be perfect.

Microsoft Game Studios Presents Augustus Cole's Cole Train Thrashball 2015

Do they actually describe what thrashball is? Because as someone who has no experience with this series, I'm imagining this as Gears Kart, except also Rollerball.

I would play that game.

Wait, have you been looking at my design doc?

Yeah, its totally just american football, but I actually think trying to make a brand new sport as serious as Madden but in a crazy world like Gears would be an interesting game. Not good, but interesting.

Edited by big_jon

Somewhere pretty different. I love Gears but my interest in a new one is very limited. Even Judgment with I never played seemed like an odd tack on, which I honestly think hurt the brand by being too soon and too meh.

Posted by big_jon

Give me a new downloadable Banjo 3D platform and I'd be so happy. Microsoft is chasing its older 'mature' franchise's so hard.

Posted by Supervillain

Kelly's Heroes with aliens

Posted by MonkeyKing1969

I say, cancel whatever they planned. Then they should put the property on the shelf for a few years, then reboot out of the hash they made of the series.

Edited by supamon

Gears 3 tied up almost everything neatly so there's little room for continuing that story. They would have to do a prequel trilogy, probably pendulum wars, or come up with an entirely new threat. It also occurs to me that they're on the planet Sera so after all that happened on that planet that made it inhospitable they could just say heck it and leave for a new planet?

Posted by AlexW00d

To the retirement home.

Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx

Make something original that doesn't involve heavy reliance on multiplayer to sell gold subscriptions.

That will never happen

Edited by BBAlpert

The Caribbean. It worked for Assassin's Creed!

Posted by LiquidSaiyan3

I want them to go back where it all began and detail the exploits of Papa Carmine and his clan.

Posted by MeatSim

To the moon or space. We need more space trucker fiction.

Posted by Danteveli

Chibi Kart racing game

Posted by SomberOwl

@alexw00d said:

To the retirement home.

Was going to make a similar joke but something along the lines of the end of Old Yeller.

Posted by noizy

Free-to-play mobile shooter?

Posted by TooWalrus

Gears of War Anniversary Edition, I'd assume.

@noizy said:

Free-to-play mobile shooter?

But when it comes to consoles it'll be $14.99, for reasons.

Posted by Yummylee

@supamon said:

Gears 3 tied up almost everything neatly so there's little room for continuing that story. They would have to do a prequel trilogy, probably pendulum wars, or come up with an entirely new threat. It also occurs to me that they're on the planet Sera so after all that happened on that planet that made it inhospitable they could just say heck it and leave for a new planet?

There's still all of the backstory involving Queen Myrrah and Adam Fenix that's left untouched. But even still, I think I'd be good if they instead start a new story somewhere else, set with a new cast of characters ect. I guess I wouldn't mind if they do start a prequel trilogy or something stupid like that, as for as much I enjoy the characters of Gears, it's still the gameplay that's kept me playing. Would be kinda neat if they had one game told from the locust perspective or something.

In any case, while it will still keep the name, I'd like to ideally hope that it'll still incorporate a bunch of new ideas, both narratively and gameplay wise, that it'll manage to simultaneously feel both new and familiar at the same time. I guess it's such a weird roadblock that I'm certainly at the very least interested in seeing what they go for. Because even if they do try for a safe and simple traditional Gears game, even that outcome leaves me curious as to how they'll try to justify it from a story perspective.

Posted by Humanity

Space. Gears with space chainsaws.

Edited by GnomeonFire
Edited by GnomeonFire

Actually, Gears of War: Next sounds like a hot new Gears of War musou game.

Posted by fisk0

A space combat simulator set in the Gears of War universe. Space combat is the hot new thing!

Posted by supamon

@yummylee said:

@supamon said:

Gears 3 tied up almost everything neatly so there's little room for continuing that story. They would have to do a prequel trilogy, probably pendulum wars, or come up with an entirely new threat. It also occurs to me that they're on the planet Sera so after all that happened on that planet that made it inhospitable they could just say heck it and leave for a new planet?

There's still all of the backstory involving Queen Myrrah and Adam Fenix that's left untouched. But even still, I think I'd be good if they instead start a new story somewhere else, set with a new cast of characters ect. I guess I wouldn't mind if they do start a prequel trilogy or something stupid like that, as for as much I enjoy the characters of Gears, it's still the gameplay that's kept me playing. Would be kinda neat if they had one game told from the locust perspective or something.

In any case, while it will still keep the name, I'd like to ideally hope that it'll still incorporate a bunch of new ideas, both narratively and gameplay wise, that it'll manage to simultaneously feel both new and familiar at the same time. I guess it's such a weird roadblock that I'm certainly at the very least interested in seeing what they go for. Because even if they do try for a safe and simple traditional Gears game, even that outcome leaves me curious as to how they'll try to justify it from a story perspective.

The deal with Myyrah and Adam is one of the few remaining questions left, that and just who Myyrah is, whether she is human at all and how is she able to command the Locust. That disk Adam gave Baird probably has the answers but the contents were never shown!

The way things ended in 3 left me the impression that all Locusts were wiped out (but you never know) and even if there were some left, what reason do they have to fight since their queen who commanded them to fight and the Lambert who pushed them out are dead?

The way I see how it goes is they jump a few hundred years, give humans time to rebuild and grow, a brand new threat appears ala Halo 4's Prometheans and you play as a descendant of Marcus Fenix. Boom. Exclusive money making software secured without messing with the canon.

Posted by Ubersmake

Platinum should take the license and make the Gears of War game the People Can Fly (the makers of Painkiller and Bulletstorm!) probably really wanted to.

Posted by bart008

I just don't want a prequel. It should take place years later with humanity taking over a new planet and discovering new hostiles. They can keep it in the same universe and have new characters.

Posted by crusader8463

The danger zone. I would play a gears game and buy an x-box 3 if they just had this song playing the entire time.

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Posted by RedRoach

I want them to go back where it all began and detail the exploits of Papa Carmine and his clan.

Carmine needs to be the one constant in all Gears games, like Desmond in AC.

Posted by _Mattallica
Edited by Hunter5024

I want it to be set a few decades later, you play as a new squad of characters, Marcus Fenix is your grizzled commander. It should have nothing to do with Locusts or Lambent.