Gears of War is now officially a 1st Party Microsoft franchise. Both Epic Games and Microsoft have confirmed that Epic has sold the IP to Microsoft. Black Tusk Studios will be in charge of development of all future entries into the franchise.
“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,” Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said.
“Black Tusk has assembled a world-class team with deep experience and passion for the shooter space, and specifically the Gears of War franchise,” Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer said. “I am extremely confident that under the leadership of Hanno Lemke, Rod Fergusson, and our other leaders in the studio, Black Tusk is well equipped to take on the future development of the Gears of War franchise.”
This puts an end to any dreams of the franchise making its way to PlayStation consoles. It was long rumored through 2013 that Gears of War would be coming to PS4. With Microsoft now the owner of the IP it is assured that all future titles will appear only on Xbox.