Pachter: Microsoft Paid “$100M Or Less” For Gears Of War, Probably Xbox One Exclusive
This morning Microsoft secured the rights to the Gears of War IP. A move that caught many off guard. Most folks are cautiously, or even openly, optimistic about the IP moving forward in the hands of Black Tusk Studios. Immediately after seeing the news about Microsoft’s purchase, I reached out to Michael Pachter for his estimate of what MS ultimately paid Epic Games to fork over the IP. His response,
Probably $100 million or less, certainly no more than that. They clearly think they will get a return, or they wouldn’t have done it.
Part of this mornings announcement gave us a pretty impressive figure; Gears of War has grossed over $1B over its life span. That makes Pachter’s estimated $100M purchase look all the more attractive. With a group of veteran developers at Black Tusk and Rod Fergusson at the helm, it’s likely that Microsoft will see a decent return on investment after the first Black Tusk developed installment hits shelves.
Another bit that we discussed was what platform the game would ultimately target. Given that Black Tusk is newly formed, and the E3 footage shown last year was basically a tech demo, it’s almost assured that Black Tusk’s Gears of War will be Xbox One exclusive,
The studio was just formed, so they won’t have a game for three years. Probably Xbox One exclusive
Greatness takes time, and I’m more than willing to give Fergusson and company all the time in the world to achieve what the original Gears of War did for the genre.
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