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Submitted by Septic 672d ago | news

What happened to Black Tusk's "highly ambitious" new IP?

Yesterday Microsoft announced that it had bought the Gears of War franchise and that its wholly-owned developer Black Tusk Studios had been put to task working on it. So what's happened to Black Tusk's previous project? (Black Tusk Studios, Xbox One)

GraveLord  +   672d ago | Well said
It got shelved for the development of the easy bet, Gears of War 4. Microsoft is just unwilling to invest in new IP.

Forza, Fable, Halo, Gears....REPEAT. This is Microsofts plan, if it appeals to you, have fun with your Xbox One.
-Foxtrot  +   672d ago
I think it's still there somewhere but after buying Gears or the run up to it (it's a long process after all) they decided to put the new IP on the back burner with a very small team and get Gears of War 4 out for late next year.

Hey I might be wrong but knowing what MS are like getting Gears of War 4 out is a safe bet for them and a more familiar franchise in hopes to boost sales.

If they were so bothered about supporting recent IPs then they would of got Remedy to do Alan Wake 2 and had faith in them instead of most likely telling them to do a new IP to see if they can gain more sales.

"Forza, Fable, Halo, Gears, few Indie games, timed exclusive stuff...and odd new IP every so often"

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erathaol  +   672d ago
They did say the New IP was a separate entity and will still be worked on, than an article stated that they have been in development for the next Gears for over a year.

I'm wondering, if Black Tusk was making a good TPS that has Gears mechanics and Microsoft looked at it, said, "This looks like Gears, why don't we buy Gears of War and reshape this game to be Gears of 'Original Project Title'?"

Its a long shot of course but occasionally one wonders about the background actions of a company.
truefan1  +   672d ago
Don't bother trying to explain yourself to Ps4 gamers, why they are so concerned is beyond me. More of them show up on xbox articles than they show up on infamous articles. I would await confirmation before making judgements. I would be the first to admit doing away that ambitious title would be a stupid move, especially considering that e3 trailer, concept or not it looked awesome.
georgeenoob  +   672d ago
It's still being developed. They're working on multiple projects. Just cause they're working on Gears too doesn't mean they're abandoning their new IP.
TomShoe  +   672d ago
Pour one out for the new IP
GameNameFame  +   672d ago
There is long rumour of Black Tusk new IP having "quality issues"

Obviously they shelved that for Gears.

But MS is putting Black Tusk who has poor or little track record with rumours of quality issues on the top franchise?

This is going to be worse than when Bungie gave Halo to 343.
Mainsqueeze  +   672d ago
This is super disappointing news if true. So tired of the game industry right now. Was hoping for a bunch of new IPs with the new generation of consoles.
nick309  +   672d ago
Quantum break, titanfall, disagree with you & im not even gnna list the rest, google if u want
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da_2pacalypse  +   672d ago
lol titanfall is not a microsoft developed game. it's a third party. And Quantum break is just a safe bet in the television/game genre that microsoft seems to be pushing so much towards.

Back on topic, I'm calling this now: MS will alternate each year for Halo and gears of war titles. Halo one year, gears the next. It will be a bi-annual release. They're going to milk them to hell.
twdll  +   672d ago
I'm looking forward to Titanfall, Quantam Break, and even Spark on Xbox One. They all should be pretty cool. I have played exclusives on all recent consoles, and as much as people complain about this or that, fact is that most people would like to play ANY exclusive... Either console. PS4 fanboys complain about xbox's, and vice versa. Get over it, they are both going to have great titles that should be fun. Screw 1080 vs. 720, and this teraflop or that amount of memory, it's about FUN. Period. Have a kickass day!
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dcbronco  +   671d ago

Not MS developed, buy financially supported by MS. So the idea that MS doesn't invest in new IP is wrong. It's obvious they do. I'm sure Titanfall exclusivity was a huge investment.
Gabenbrah  +   672d ago
Let's just ignore, Ryse, Project Spark, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive and Titanfall.
da_2pacalypse  +   672d ago
Three of the games you mentioned are third party developed games. Microsoft is just publishing, not developing.
n4gamingm   672d ago | Immature | show
Riderz1337  +   672d ago
How many of those are developed by Microsofts first party studio?

Get back to me when you find your answer.
PixelNinja  +   672d ago
@da_2pacalypse, just like how the original Gears of War trilogy was; Microsoft is still publishing.
PixelNinja  +   672d ago
@Riderz1337 Your logic is flawed, same can be said for Sony.:
Quantic Dream
Insomniac Games
Ready at Dawn
Bluepoint games

All work or have worked on Sony properties, but none are first party.
Axios2  +   672d ago
So true

Exactly how is my enjoyment of a game affected by who developed it?

What a bunch of losers, flocking to X1 articles because that's where all the gaming news is
maniacmayhem  +   672d ago
D4, Sunset Overdrive, Ryse, Project Spark. Looks fun to me.


Who cares if they're 3rd party developed, MS still funded them and are publishing the games as exclusives to the Xbox One.
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starchild  +   672d ago
Yeah, MS and Sony just have different approaches. Sony buys up the whole studio, while MS enters into publishing deals on a game by game, or franchise by franchise basis. Of course they both do a little of the opposite approach as well.

I think they both have advantages for the company, but personally I don't like the way Sony buys up studios and prevents that studio's games from ever being enjoyed on the PC or other consoles. It's the epitome of throwing your money around.
Prime157  +   672d ago
Just seems weird to hear someone saying Sony is throwing money around when comparing it to Microsoft.... lol

Throw your 17b worth, Microsoft's 50+b well never out throw, haha.

Not poking fun at you, I just had some mental images that made me laugh.
Gunstar75  +   672d ago
Black tusk are not a small studio. They've been working on a new IP for some time. GOW is another project.

I'm looking forward to many of the "repeats" as you call 'em.

I've been so busy playing KI that most of the other good xb1 launch games have been left wanting... A great launch.
Eonjay  +   672d ago
This isn't their first project to get shelved. See: Project Columbia. Microsoft wants a Gears and thats what they are going to get.
n4gamingm  +   672d ago
they responded yesterday already there studios pretty big they have this and there unannounced game check.
Angainor7  +   672d ago
Are you high?

Xbox One Exclusives (including new IPs):

2)Gears Of War
3)Quantum Break
5)Dead Rising
6)Alan Wake
7)Forza Motorsport
9)Sunset Overdrive
11)Project Spark

why don't you just go to bed instead of repeating what the fanboys of each side say. Base your logic on facts. Now if the above games aren't your style it's normal and subjective. Play your games and we'll play ours. Simple as that.
bennissimo  +   672d ago
Uncharted, GOW, Gran Turismo, Killzone... REPEAT.

They're called franchise games for a reason.

Anyway, Quantum Break, Titanfall and Sunset Overdrive are wholly new IPs. Throw in the mere possibility of a next-gen Crackdown, and you have a console worth getting. And that's before the mention of the "horrid" Halo and Gears...
christocolus  +   672d ago

Why you jumped in first to post that comment is beyond me especially when its obvious you want nothing to do with the console. Are Qb,sunset overdrive,project spark Titanfall and d4 sequels too?...smh

On topic: I think xbx fans need to stop reading too much into this,we know all ms studios are working on multiple projects 343i, lionhead, turn10, rare ,blacktusk etc but so far its obvious Phil has only revealed one game for each studio halo5,fable legends, forza5, kinect sports rivals and now gears of war.

Phil will announce something regarding that franchise, may be same time with the other unannounced projects in development by the other studios, and from his comments it seems gears of war was already far into development before the ip was acquired and if true it makes sense to finish up gears before unveiling the other ip..

Blacktusk has gone far into development of that ip and in a recent interview phil even went as far as saying the studio was working with ms research on some innovative gameplay mechanics. it isnt dead guys.gears of war might just have been farther along in development. It will definitly be announced..hoping Phil sheds more light on this before e3 though.
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MichaelLito79  +   672d ago
@ Gravelord

Having Forza, Halo, Fable, Gears added to Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Titanfall, Kinect Sports, Fantasia Music Evolved, Plants vs Zombies, Killer Instinct, D4, Below, DeadRising 3, RYSE already is a solid lineup. Mix in all 3rd party titles Xbox One has a great future.

Note: Rare will be creating a new IP, 343 has another IP, Japan studios has an unnamed IP, Undead Labs, Press Play all these companies will be creating excellent experiences. Give the Xbox one time you might enjoy these games.
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DaGR8JIBRALTAR  +   672d ago
I say it never existed at all...
Walker  +   672d ago
that just was a demo teaser not an actual game ! shame on you MS !
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lifeisgamesok  +   672d ago
I can see it being worked on alongside Gears but just put on the backburner and that's fine Gears is awesome
JohnnyTower  +   672d ago
Sometimes new is awesome. I would be disappointed if they didn't have a new IP in the works.
4logpc  +   672d ago
That studio is huge. Im sure it will be shown off this year, and released in 2015, since Halo will be this year, followed by gears 4 in 2016.
TOGC  +   672d ago
It was confirmed that it was just a concept for the studio...
jmac53  +   672d ago
Well then, this just reaffirmed my decision to go with PS4 this generation. I was conflicted by the promise of this new IP being on the caliber of Halo.
4logpc  +   672d ago
The new IP is still coming..
Riderz1337  +   672d ago
Lol yeah in like 4-5 years...They just started working on Gears.
maniacmayhem  +   672d ago

The new IP is still being worked on, and Gears has just been handed to Black Tusk.

Even if they began working on Gears it would be in a concept only stage. The main producer, head designer, lead engineer and a few artist would only be detailing what they would like to do with the game at this point.

I'm sure we will see something new from them at this years E3.
staticdash22  +   672d ago
One of the black tusk guys on twitter siad the future of the IP is to be determined.

"We are focusing on gears for now"

Translation: it's gone
maniacmayhem  +   672d ago
"We are focusing on gears for now"

Where did they say that?
blackstrr411  +   672d ago
Just last week yall were hoping for a ps4 gears of war. Hypocrites
STK026  +   672d ago
Breaking news : Studios, mainly those backed by big publishers, can have multiple teams working on a variety of projects.
PixelNinja  +   672d ago
staticdash22  +   672d ago
One if the devs on twitter said the future of the IP is yet to be determined. Honestly, I think it got shelved. Remember the rumors that black tusk was 6 months behind development on their game? Also it was hinted by phil spencer that black tusk made no real progress in 9 months.

When MS saw the opportunity to secure gears as a life long exclusive, they jumped on it. This situation turned into a 343i/Halo one. The original intention was to create a premiere dev studio, but opportunities allowed them to take gears in a new direction under them.

It's vaporware guys :(
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Bolts-N-Rays1109  +   672d ago
They probably have at least 2 development teams.
AceBlazer13  +   672d ago
The game never existed, it was something they scrambled together to make an E3 trailer. Btw what has black tusk ever made?
SLUG  +   672d ago
we are going to see more rts games in halo and Gears as well as moba games too
fps games are getting old now halo and gears will be new ip games in rts or moba games to play as
TheBurger29  +   672d ago
come on i was looking forward to something new! now we just get another gears
Kingoftherodeo  +   672d ago
ummm well I'm thinking being a new ip i expect it to be at E3 or some video game convention just like most big new titles. why are ps people concern about this they should be asking where in the hell is the last guardian?
Hercules189  +   672d ago
TLG is probably a game that was just shown off just to make the Playstation seem like they have more games. Its one of the games that have been on their list of games for each year ever since 2009.
staticdash22  +   672d ago
Lol? The last guradian is being worked on by Fumito Udea. The game got stuck in development hell, because the ps3 may not have been able to handle the vision of the creator. When yoshida said it's going through re-engineering, that means that it shifted platforms

Your comment is one of the stupidest ones yet, I've give you that.

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