Microsoft's: "New IP is Critical;" Teases Unannounced Ones and Shares more on Black Tusk's Future

With the announcement of Microsoft's acquisition of the Gears of War franchise from Epic, some have been worried about the house of Xbox losing focus on new IPs, but Phil Spencer came to the rescue on Twitter to reassure fans that more new IP will come.


updated with a few more relevant quotes.

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-Foxtrot1299d ago

"Team is focusing on Gears now given investment we made in IP, obviously down the road other opportunities can open up"

So it's pretty much confirmed now that Gears 4 will be first while their new, fresh IP is put on the back burner.

"as I said. Goal was to announce BT. There was no game reveal in that"

Then why didn't you say at the time

theWB271299d ago

It was pretty much confirmed when Micro announced the buy and stated Black Tusk would be working on it. Why wouldn't they try and get one of their most succesful IP's out the door?

"Then why didn't you say at the time"

Are people really that disappointed that a potential game they knew NOTHING about was potentially shelved?

I mean all 3 companies put their best devs out there to make their best IP's in order to sell the most copies possible.

BitbyDeath1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

You should probably let them make a game first before you call them "best devs" :-p

-Foxtrot1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

Knowing nothing about a new IP is better then no new IP...especially these days where all over it's usually sequel after sequel.

We mostly complain that we dont get enough of them and when have the chance to people act like they aren't bothered.

Gears started off as a new IP once upon a time remember

theWB271299d ago

Or you can put that quote into context.
"I mean all 3 companies put their best devs out there to make their best IP's in order to sell the most copies possible."

Microsoft wouldn't put them on Gears if they didn't think they were one of their best studios. Yes, they have to prove it to the customer but Microsoft knows/seen whatever they were doing behind closed doors and felt they were talented enough to assign them one of Microsoft's most succesful IPs.

That comment is true...Sony-Microsoft-Nintendo put their best IP's in the hands of their best studios.

fenome1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

Either way though, in the best interest of the game being any good hopefully they don't try to rush it out by next year or have an E3 demo. They just obtained the IP literally today and development takes time. If I were you, I'd be very weary if they had something to show at E3 'cause it's obviously gonna be some bullshit. I'd hope for a mid-2016 release at the earliest if I had any actual interest in this game.

Plus, this is gonna be Black Tusks first game out as a studio, might wanna see what they do before they get such high praise.

What they showed at E3 last year was strictly a tech demo, it had absolutely nothing to do with a game at all whatsoever. It's exactly the same thing as the Quantic Dream tech demo with the wizard and goblin that they did for the PS4. It has nothing to do with a game, it's just something to tout next-gen and try to get people hyped.

I'm not calling you out personally for praising them or anything like that, I've just heard a lot about Black Tusk this and that recently and they haven't even done anything as a team yet, that's all..

showtimefolks1299d ago


best developers seriously? Let them make something first please. Because that best developer tag is very precious


expect this moving forward, while MS will no doubt will announce some new Ip's most of their bread and butter will be the same IP's they used on xbox360. Halo,Fable,Gears,Alan wake,Forza etc,

The only thing i am worried about is how Gears will move forward, I for one thought after 3rd the series ended and judgement just didn't have that magic factor that other gears games before

But i am willing to give this team a chance let's hope MS give them enough time to make a proper Gears game with some fresh new ideas

truefan11299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

As I said, I am an objective xbox fan. I honestly hoped that trailer was a game and was hoping for a 2015 release. GOW might be one of my favorite franchises ever, but I wanted to see how that spy game would develop. I'm holding out hope that the new ip is still moving along, they just want to reveal it on a bigger stage. All in all MSFT is bringing the games and I like the Phil Spencer direction.

fenome1299d ago


look dude, I'm gonna bubble+ you for just being honest and stating your mind, all BS aside. I like playstation, you like xbox, cool, to each their own. Sometimes we just gotta agree to disagree.

But please, PLEASE, don't use GOW for Gears of War. God of War had it first, at least use GeOW or something.. it drives me nuts. Just like Planetside 2 being called PS2, it's just confusing.

At the end of the day though, I hope your games turn out fantastic and mine do to. Game on man, and enjoy it all. Life's short, live love play.

kupomogli1299d ago


I don't agree with your statement.

For example, if Sony put their best developers on their best IPs, they would have offered better salaries or hired better people to develop Playstation All Stars. As a fighting game it's fun at first, but as you get better at it, it slaps you in the face how broken it was.

Not only that but online isn't as good as games like Tekken Tag, Blazblue, Persona 4 Arena, etc. There are more bugs and glitches in the game than Skyrim and every single patch they released, happened to further reduce the quality of online, added more bugs and glitches, etc. There are several patches to fix other patches, and even then they screwed other stuff up.

A game like Playstation All Stars is one that could have became a huge brand with future sequels. Giving it to an unproven developer that they just hired on the spot ruined any chance of that.

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DragonKnight1299d ago

Why is anyone surprised by this? This is Microsoft people. Why give Xbox fans a new, potentially GOTY IP that they can build on when they can just give you more of the same that they've been giving you for the past 8 years?

Xbox One is beginning its cycle of Forza, Fable, Halo, and now Gears releases.

Bdub20001298d ago

@fenome, your GOW statement is hilarious to me. I'm a Microsoft fan, and huge into Gears of War, and I always relate GOW to God of War, I always get that confused too.

rainslacker1298d ago

Are people disappointed?

You mean the game that almost every X1 fan has been saying that Black Tusk had an unannounced game that would bolster their 1st party exclusives in response to Sony fans touting Sony's 1st party exclusives?

If BT was indeed working on an unannounced IP and I was looking forward to it, then I would probably be disappointed that they shelved it in favor of GOW, and I find GOW to be one of Xbox's better exclusives.

There are plenty of capable devs out there that could handle a GOW game. It's a fairly standard game type nowadays, lacks the technical innovation that it had when the IP first released, and runs on Unreal, the most used engine in the industry last gen. Good devs are made by their owners pushing the quality of the game over any kind of long term respect they may gain. It's possible for a no name studio to make a great game if the ones paying for it demand it, and take the time to make sure it happens.

I understand why MS would want to get a GOW game out for the X1 ASAP. It's a strong IP and will probably push systems. They must feel the same to spend so much money on it. But to me it shows that MS is less willing to take risks on new things, even if it's coming from one of their better developers.

MS could have made several new IP's with just the purchase price of the GOW IP, and that doesn't even include the next $100 million they'll probably spend making the actual game. That would make me upset if I were an X1 owner, and if Sony did the same thing, I would be upset with them.

Prime1571298d ago

A lot off two faced comments in here. Obviously ms puts their new studios on old ips because of sequelitis. It will sell. Until gamers start supporting new ips, ms has no reason to really pit money behind new ips.

Risk vs reward. New ip is risky.

UnholyLight1298d ago


I guess you have a point, Microsoft makes less new IPs but when they do, they are amazing. I think I'd still rather take that road than the gazzilion Sony IPs that really never tickled my fancy at all...Maybe they will now that I own a PS4 though

H0RSE1298d ago


"Why is anyone surprised by this? This is Microsoft people. Why give Xbox fans a new, potentially GOTY IP that they can build on when they can just give you more of the same that they've been giving you for the past 8 years?"

- Titanfall says hi...

Biggest1298d ago

Yay! He named a game!

The last Gears of War did not sell extremely well. It would have made sense for Microsoft to think of moving on. However, it also makes sense for them to try again. As evident here, their fans care not about how hard they work. They want whatever they are given.


No, just Sony fanboys trying to put a brotha down... they only think about themselves

DragonKnight1298d ago

@H0RSE: You mean the game not being made by an MS studio? The game that the developers didn't want to be exclusive to any platform but EA went behind their backs with it and made a deal with MS anyway?

I love how Xbox fanboys think 3rd party games are made, or really have anything to do with Microsoft. Microsoft gets royalties from 3rd party games, that's it. They don't make the games, they don't publish the games, hell they likely don't even go after the games very hard because 3rd party devs want to make money anyway. So explain to me how Titanfall, a game whose existence has literally nothing to do with Microsoft, is Microsoft bringing new games to the Xbox One?

Also, and I seriously couldn't give a damn about this but, Titanfall 2 isn't going to be exclusive to the Xbox One anyway. Enjoy having one game to brag about that you'll hate next year.

H0RSE1298d ago (Edited 1298d ago )


Your rant has absolutely nothing to do with anything. First party studio, third party studio? It doesn't matter, because it is irrelevant to the the comment:

"Why is anyone surprised by this? This is Microsoft people. Why give Xbox fans a new, potentially GOTY IP that they can build on when they can just give you more of the same that they've been giving you for the past 8 years?"

- There is no mention of any studio, and only mention of MS as a company bringing or not bringing new IP's to the X1. The important part of that statement -

"Why give Xbox fans a new, potentially GOTY IP that they can build on when they can just give you more of the same that they've been giving you for the past 8 years?"

- is where my response comes in. You are ranting over the fact that MS has assigned BTS the project of a new GoW game, rather than a new IP that could potentially be GOTY material, while at the same time, Titanfall - a new IP for xbox, which is a likely candidate for GOTY, is being developed by a newly formed studio.

Your rhetoric was designed to showcase how MS apparently doesn't care about the games or their fans, and instead, would rather recycle what's worked in the past since it will likely result in guaranteed profit, and we all know how much MS likes money... Unfortunately, your response was a miserable failure.

In your anti-MS rage, you let your emotions get the best of you, and you just rant and go off topic, bringing up non-related circumstances in an attempt to both maintain your depiction of MS in a negative light, and discredit my claim, which is still just as valid as before you wasted all that space with your word salad. But I will answer your question, since it is so blatantly obvious.

"So explain to me how Titanfall, a game whose existence has literally nothing to do with Microsoft, is Microsoft bringing new games to the Xbox One?"

- Because the claim was never if the "existence" of the game is due to MS, but rather it's existence on xbox, which it is. You can't just develop a game and put it out on xbox, without going through MS. In addition, MS is providing the cloud/server/bandwidth/whateve r you want to call it, to assist Respawn with developing/running the game.

Respawn approached both Sony and MS with their needs, and MS were the ones that delivered, so not only is that one of the dumbest questions I've ever seen, it's also not in even accurate, since MS is actually directly involved with this game coming to xbox.

"Also, and I seriously couldn't give a damn about this but, Titanfall 2 isn't going to be exclusive to the Xbox One anyway. Enjoy having one game to brag about that you'll hate next year."

- that above quote just helps illustrate how absolutely bitter you are about the fact that xbox gets Titanfall and PS doesn't. It's not just that MS gets it and Sony isn't, it's that xbox is getting a game that, regardless if you like the game or not, might be the next big thing, and I bet that chaps your ass right off. You even try to justify and downplay this by bringing Titanfall 2 into the discussion. The thing is though, Titanfall will only see a sequel if it is a success, and depending on how successful it is, MS likely has the money to make sure it stays exclusive.

Oh, and this gem:

"and I seriously couldn't give a damn about this but,..."

is just another way of saying, "I actually do care, but I want you to think I don't," like when people say, "I don't mean to be a prick," right before they do something prickish...

maniacmayhem1298d ago

Funny how Sony fanboys yell and scream:
"MS has no exclusives."

Then when MS has exclusives like Ryse, Titanfall, D4, Sunset Overdrive and Quantum Break then the argument turns into:

"Well those aren't 1st party!"

It's pretty ridiculous how much time sony fanboys spend twisting and turning their own arguments to fit their agendas. It's pretty impressive and sad at the same time.

Biggest1298d ago

Remember the first few years of the X360? They had tons of juicy exclusives. Remember the last 5 years? Things have dried up, huh?

It's awesome that Microsoft has decided to support their machine in the early days. They know what works. Hook in their usual fanbase with a few games, then hand them shovelware and rehashes of the same four games. It will work again. . . For their fans. The problem is that Sony has taken a lot of those fans away.

The writing is already on the wall. This gen will be no different from last gen. Forza, <insertnewgame>, Halo, Gears, Forza, Halo, Gears, Forza, Halo, Gears.

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Spurg1299d ago

Wait...Next to no one knew or cared about the Black tusk game....Now suddenly everyone wants to know where its gone.

I'm a bit disappointed myself by that news because the IP was suppose to be rivalling Halo...Little did I know it was gears all along. But Ms still has new Ip such as Quantum break, Sunset Overdrive, Titanfall and D4.

Anyways 343i is proof that Ms can make up a great team to handle a big franchise...Black tusk game will be one of them.

-Foxtrot1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

No one cared, are you serious it was one of the highlights at E3, people getting excited by a new IP which they cant wait to learn more about it.

343, Halo 4 was alright but didnt touch Bungies games. The online was a step back aswell which is why so many players like myself left

MRMagoo1231299d ago

No one cared about the new IP by black tusk , yet i can find right now within a minute 4 posts talking about black tusks new ip and how good they think it will be , thats just articles on the hottest news of today , if ppl didnt care about it why does it make it into georgenoobs exclusives of 2014 lists every time he makes one?

Spurg1299d ago

@ Fox
I'm sorry but are you tusk game didn't get any attention from no one. It got a little of my attention but QB, Titanfall. Sunset overdrive and Halo were the highlights. We didn't even get any info from then. I seriously don't remember any articles mentioning anything on black tusk game or it being on anyone's list of anticipated games.

n4rc1299d ago

He said the work they did prior to getting put on gears wasn't scrapped..

But he's right.. Who ever said that trailer was a game announcement? Their company name was the only wording in the entire thing.. I thought it was pretty cool..

And cmon guys.. These guys aren't being praised for no reason.. The team has some pretty impressive credentials and that's why people have high expectations of them.

Although.. I've never liked gears all that much and would have preferred something new.. But it will come..

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bganci1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

Xbox one fan here. They advertised a new original ip from black tusk. ANOTHER 180. I have spent the last year defending them. I'm done. The Kinect was a waisted investment, inferior specs..they are lucky I care more about games than graphics. -sad xbox one owner. RIP new IP.

zerogotit1299d ago

Why do you have to defend the xbox? Im guessing you dont know what website youre commenting on.

Oh_Yeah1299d ago (Edited 1299d ago )

Why would you think Xbox would change? They're making a killing off timed exclusives/ paying 3rd party's for exclusives, they are the leaches of the gaming industry with hardly any in house talent. They're scared to lose money by taking risks putting together their own teams. They'd rather pay other devs for what works and what sells.

bganci1299d ago

I defended xbox because I believed they would take a hint after all the 180s. I was hoping for a reinvention like Sony had after the launch of the ps3. You know get reliable leadership. Get them in the right direction.

headblackman1299d ago

you were never an xbox owner or fan. you're just a playstation fanbot looking to convert true xbox fans with your bs stories or being burned by xbox and microsoft. sorry sir. it's not gonna work! stick with your gaystation and we'll stick with our xbox!

bganci1298d ago (Edited 1298d ago )

Would you like photos? Gamertag is bwaitforitganci look me up and say I'm a Sony fanboy. I was really excited for this new original ip they wanted to be the next halo. Who wouldn't.