Gears Of War Will Now Be Developed By Black Tusk Studios

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Epic Games have decided to sell the rights to the Gears of War IP to Microsoft. This is a huge coup for Microsoft moving forward. We also have to note that MS now owns all existing and future games. First party studio Black Tusk will be heading up development on the next installment in the series, which is in-line with what we reported back in November. Here’s what Epic had to say about the news,

“Epic Games has reached an agreement to sell the ‘Gears of War’ intellectual property rights to Microsoft.  We’re very proud of the franchise we built in close partnership with Microsoft over the past decade and are happy that this agreement enables Microsoft to forge ahead with the ‘Gears’ universe on their industry-leading platforms as Epic concentrates its efforts on new projects,” said Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “Epic remains totally dedicated to supporting Xbox One and is licensing the Unreal Engine 4 technology to Microsoft in support of their future projects.”

It also appears the teaser from Black Tusk that was shown back at E3 was simply a tech demo of the studio working with Unreal Engine 4. It wasn’t a working project, more of a concept of sorts. There’s sure to be more information forthcoming about this huge news, and we’ll keep you up-to-date in the future.

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