Microsoft Studios acquire the Gears of War franchise

Photo Credit: Epic Games

Microsoft Studios announced this morning that they have acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise.

In the article on Xbox.com they interview former Director of Production at Epic Games – Rod Fergusson, who also has joined Microsoft Studios as a key player for Black Tusk Studios (formally Microsoft Vancouver). Rod has played a leadership role at Epic on all of the previous Gears of War titles. When asked about coming on board with Microsoft Studios for the next instalment of Gears, Rod was quoted:

“I’m extremely excited to be joining Black Tusk Studios to oversee development on the “Gears of War” franchise. I’ve been privileged to work on a lot of great games with a lot of great teams, but “Gears” has had the most impact on me professionally and personally.”

Rod Fergusson - Chicks dig the Gears (photo credit: GameTrailers.com)

Rod Fergusson – Chicks dig the Gears (photo credit: GameTrailers.com)

This should come as no surprise to fans of the Gears of War series; Gears is one of the key Microsoft exclusive franchises. Over the course of eight years and four games, the series has made over $1 billion in revenue. Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney shared this statement regarding Microsoft Studios acquisition:

“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.”

For the full interview regarding the acquisition, visit Xbox.com.

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