Understandably keen on keeping the series exclusive to Xbox, Microsoft Studios announced the acquisition of the rights to the Gears of War franchise from creator Epic Games. This covers all of the existing Gears of War games and any future games, development of which will be moved to Black Tusk Studios.
As Xbox Live's Major Nelson recently revealed, December's free "Games with Gold" games on Xbox Live are Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots. Read on for more.
With the Locust War over and the human race saved, where else can Epic's Gears of War franchise go? Back in time, it seems, with Gears of War: Judgment! Does Judgment live up to the standards set by the original trilogy? Check our full review after the jump!
Epic Games' and People Can Fly's Gears of War: Judgment is just a bit under two weeks away, so why not lock and load a launch trailer a little early? "Heroes make it up as they go along" in the video below, which promises the most intense Gears yet. Check it out after the jump.
Epic Games designer and frontman Cliff Bleszinski is parting ways with the company after twenty years of intense action and insane, creative weaponry, from Jazz Jackrabbit all the way up through Gears of War. Statements from Epic and CliffyB after the jump!
Are today's video games too easy? Gears of War designer CliffyB certainly thinks so, and talks about why he thinks challenging games have more value and meaning. More after the jump!
The COG and Locust are back, ducking behind chest-high walls and fighting it out through beautiful HD ruins. Chainsaw the jump to get a first look at the upcoming Gears of War: Judgment!
When he's not designing brawny shooters like Unreal or Gears of War, CliffyB loves his survival horror games. Hit the jump to see how Epic Games' frontman would tackle design duties on survival-horror favorites like Resident Evil and Fatal Frame!
Gears of War isn't exactly high art in the story department, but Dead Space story producer Chuck Beaver has some harsher things to say about the adventures of Marcus Fenix and friends. Check out what was exactly said, what Beaver believes good writing is, and EA's surprising reaction after the jump!
Epic has pulled the plug on two upcoming titles: a sequel to 2011's frenetic, comedic shooter Bulletstorm, and almost-as-mysterious-as-Final Fantasy Versus XIII spin-off Gears of War: Exile. Hit the jump to see the reasons for the cancellations, as well as hope for Epic's longtime PC fans!
People tend to remember two things about Gears of War--the now industry-standard cover-based shooting, and the Warhammer-inspired chainsaw bayonet. Series designer CliffyB originally intended for the story to stand out more--and he intends to do that if more games are made. Hit the jump for more!
Take cover, active reload, blindfire, hop out... and put together some bricks so you can cross a bridge? While Lego Gears of War remains a distant pipe dream, we can get the next best thing with Kooberz Studios' awesome Bricks of War stop-motion fan film. Check it out after the jump!
Toshifumi Fujimoto and Takayuki Haranishi of comedy duo Fujiwara, along with a squad of cosplayers dressed as operations center LT Anya Stroud appeared at a Japanese launch event for third person shooter, Gears of Wars 3. The pair joked about playing the shooter with Fujimoto's actress/model/singer wife Kinoshita Yukina as an antidote for marital stress. Check out pictures of the event after the jump.
Gears of War looks like everything people complain about in gaming today: its neutral color palette, hulking cast, and cover-shooter gameplay are often the butt of jokes. But dig a little deeper, and you'll find a rich military science-fiction world and characters you can actually care about. With the long-awaited finale hitting shelves tomorrow, get caught up on the series' story and universe before finishing the war against the Locust Horde, all after the jump, but be prepared--it's a big one!