Microsoft's Acquisition of Gears of War Isn't a Very Thrilling Move, But Is A Necessary One

The name value of the Gears of War franchise may not be quite what it was once upon a time, but if the series had gone to the PS4 that would have changed overnight. It’s a situation similar to an aging veteran in a contract year on an NFL team. Though they may not have as much to contribute on the field and still command a high asking price, losing them would just make your own fans cry foul and give another team’s fans a reason to celebrate very vocally.

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LOGICWINS1695d ago

Very intelligent move. Lets hope this becomes a trend.

cleft51694d ago

It would have been a huge embarrassment for Microsoft if Gears came to the PS4, which would have almost certainly happened. So it only made sense for them to secure this property.

WrAiTh Sp3cTr31694d ago

"Microsoft's Acquisition of Gears of War Isn't a Very Thrilling Move..."

Speak for yourself homeboy xD

Bennibop1694d ago

Especially if the ps4 version was at a higher frame rate and resolution! That would be total humiliation for Microsoft.

Insomnia_841694d ago

A very much needed desperate move. Gears going multiplatform would've been really bad on top of all negativity surrounding the console.

spicelicka1694d ago

I think more importantly it was a good move because Gears would have died. Epic has already made 4 installments, they didn't want to work on it anymore, so it was more likely that it wouldn't come to any platform than it coming to PS4.

This made sure the franchise prospers and I'm so glad, with unreal 4 it's going to be insane.

Irishguy951694d ago (Edited 1694d ago )

This would be very bad yeah haha, would be like Sony losing Final Fantasy

...oh shi..>(incurs wrath of the fanboys), god what an entertaining day Gears -> Ps4 would have been though. FFs certainly was

Edit - Spicelicka, I wish it did die so we could move on with a new franchise. Same reasons and I want Uncharted to die. Focus on New ips, there've been enough games with Nathan drake doing what he does.

nukeitall1694d ago (Edited 1694d ago )


I love Gears of Wars! That was my most played game last generation on consoles. This means there will be another Gears for Xbox One.

I cannot wait. F'yeah!!!! :D

Get cliffyb on it NAOW! :D

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erathaol1694d ago (Edited 1694d ago )

I had a feeling this was the announcement, Microsoft is very predictable but hey, "Go with what works" and Gears Works. The Gears franchise was a staple for the Xbox 360 brand and if it flew the coup this generation, the Xbone would be boned.


Congrats to Epic for making a truck load of money.

Veneno1694d ago (Edited 1694d ago )

This acquisition by Microsoft (edit: might be proof that) Gears was going multiplatform so once again they pulled out the checkbook instead of creating their own original IP.

Or Epic might have said they are done with Gears of War. So that means one less legacy franchise tied to the Xbox brand.

alb18991694d ago (Edited 1694d ago )

It is a sign that Microsoft gonna support the X1!

mrpsychoticstalker1694d ago

The best games are certainly in xbox one. I cant count the amount of hours i spent on gears last generation. Its a great addictive game!

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Sayai jin1695d ago

Wow. The franchise has held it's own since the beginning garnering millions of fans. It seems like MS listened to their fans and brought this game home.

erathaol1694d ago

Put a ring on it, so to speak.


ginsunuva1694d ago

I'd rather they not milk a good franchise and create a new shooter IP at least.

christocolus1694d ago

I feel they can make it better if they bring in new ideas and get a wonderful director. It could be fresh if done right.

maniacmayhem1694d ago

It wasn't thrilling but indeed smart. It's a well known IP that defined last gen. And it also put the constant rumors of the game going to PlayStation to rest permanently.

Ripsta7th1694d ago (Edited 1694d ago )

Im pretty sure they felt pressured. Maybe epic came to them and had ideas for developing on ps4 seeing its huge success, so MS had to lock it down.

Boody-Bandit1694d ago (Edited 1694d ago )

Epic sold the franchise to MS. Black Tusk is taking the reigns with Gears from here on out. I'm just glad it's not People Can Fly. Gears Judgment was pretty bad and I'm being kind.

More than likely Epic is working on a new IP / series. Now if MS was to seal that deal that would be (so to speak) epic. Although I believe Epic Games is going to take the same route Bungie is with Destiny and have their new franchise title go multiplat.

I think this article title pretty much nails MS acquiring the Gears franchise, not very thrilling but necessary.

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