Submitted by FanOfRootBeer 159d ago | opinion piece

Black Tusk Studios' focus on Gears of War is disappointing

GameZone: "Big things were coming from Black Tusk Studios. Microsoft knew this. That’s why they trust the Vancouver studio to work on both—

Oh. Wait. They’re only working on Gears of War?" (Gears of War, Xbox One)

KNWS  +   159d ago
Why ignore the good franchises just bring them back if fans want them. I don't see what the issue is with that?

Its up to other studios not Microsoft to create new IPS, but i see Microsoft being more involved than ever before helping those studios, bring out new IP's.

I also think for does Sony fans who have never played Gears. There is 50/50 chance the new Gears will appear on PC.

Microsoft may be more keen than Epic was, afterall the first Gears was on PC.
DeathOfTheFanBoy  +   159d ago
I fully agree.

I can't wait to get Gears on my XB1, that announcement made me very very happy. Bring on Horde v3.0!!!
georgeenoob  +   158d ago
It's not disappointing if you're a gears fan. I'm so hyped for next gears, especially since it was my favorite series from last gen.

It seems the only people "disappointed" are the people who don't even own an X1 and are just trying to nitpick MS.
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Insomnia_84  +   159d ago
I believe the only reason why M$ bought Gears is to try and get back the fans they lost this gen. Gears going multiplatform would've been disastrous for MS.
BakPAin  +   158d ago
You make it seem like its a bad thing! Gears help make the Xbox brand what it is today! Its only right it stays on Xbox anyway. Its not like PS needs it!

Im excited to see what they do with the extra horsepower! Gears on XB1 gonna be sick!
Sitdown  +   158d ago
Um don't most companies bring back their games for their fan base? And how do you know they lost their fanbase?... Alot of their fan base were late adopters.... Perhaps they will be late adopters this time around as well. There is no proof that it going multiplatform would have been disastrous..... could have been time exclusive, exclusive doc, etc...
Sayai jin  +   159d ago
MS have taken steps to improve their internal studios. The need to continue to move in the direction of getting good devs/studios. Some are disappointed with Black Tusk focusing on the Gears title first. The new IP has not been cancelled, but rather put on hold. I would rather them put it on hold and get the proper time and attention to the new IP. When the next gears is done MS needs to ensure and fully support them on the new IP.

do not think too many Gears fans are disappointed. Honestly, if you look at Gears Judgment and the backlash from Gears Heads. A good majority of the gamers went back to the Gears of 3, because Gears J was became more loke a COD/Halo like twitch shooter and lost what made Gears well Gears. They even got rid of the locust. wth
Sy_Wolf  +   159d ago
Microsoft could have had a different internal studio working on Gears. They didn't need to can whatever Blacktusk was working on.
hellzsupernova  +   158d ago
Sure fans want another gears of war. However the hope for a new ip that was as Microsoft put it the next gears or halo c'mon wouldn't you want another studio to do gears and have black tusk finish their halo rivalling game?
porkChop  +   158d ago
"Its up to other studios not Microsoft to create new IPS"

Uh, what? Microsoft is a platform holder. It IS their responsibility to create new IPs in addition to continuing their successful ones. Black Tusk Studios was formed with the best talent from around the world specifically to create new IPs that would push the Xbox brand forward, and now they're being forced to work on a franchise that could have been handled by one of Microsoft's other teams.
MichaelLito79  +   158d ago
Wtf another website that wants five minutes of fame. Real lame. Wtf how is it disappointing this is gears of war. Black tusk will still create a new IP we just have to wait down the pipeline. Besides Xbox one already has some excellent IP's.

Note: RYSE was a solid game. Gamers support all new IP's so that we can see more throughout the years.
Thepharaoh  +   159d ago
For all we know about the way that the studio is being run this could have been the plan along.

I doubt that Microsoft just assembled some of the biggest veterans from all across the industry without some sort of plan for what their upcoming games would be. And the people at the studio might have even volunteered to make this gears.

Besides Microsoft needs to attract people with proven franchises at the moment and it's not as though Microsoft doesn't have new ips in the works right now.
Hercules189  +   159d ago
Black Tusk is probably just in the brainstorming stages as to what they were going to do with the rumored spy game. They will probably return to it when they have more people on board, probably tripling what they have now. Microsoft were calling it a quadruple A game, and they spent many months working on it. I dont think they would just abandon it just for Gears.
Legacy212  +   159d ago
watch when the next god of war gets announced were going to see articles like "Why the PS4 Needs God Of War!" "Uncharted 4 on playstation will be the most orgasmic game you ever played" there is so much political hypocrisy going on. Microsoft cant bring back an old franchise but uncharted after 4 games (PSV Game included) get no back lash. Hypocrites
ZombieKiller  +   159d ago
PS fanboy right here dude.

Bring back Gears. I have all 4 of them and to tell you the truth, I enjoyed Judgement. I would go for another Gears of War in a heartbeat. Overun is just plain old fun and feels like a baby version of horde and multiplayer combined.

Oh and yes, God of War is awesome. It will be here, we NEED another one, and it will be orgasmic or whatever us fanboys apparently say.

Did you ever think the loyalty of some fanboys is spawned from the way they're treated from their company of choice? On top of that, some Sony Fanboys are saying that God of War needs a rest too. Not me. I like it, just like I like Gears of War. If you like it, why deny yourself?
Just because they disagree with you doesn't make them a fanboy. We're all gamers man.
king_george  +   159d ago
Same here man. Another thing i dont understand is if some people dont want a sequel then why not just u know... not buy it? I hate when people say they dont want another God of War, Gears of War, Uncharted, etc..., Then dont buy it!!! Let us who do want a sequel enjoy it jesus
Legacy212  +   158d ago
happy to see that not everyone here is riding the hate train. I have seen so many people argue here that gears has run its course but god of war still has life. I to cant wait to try the new uncharted game on my brothers ps4 and while I do agree they have to innovate for the new gears of war i dont think all this hate is warranted. As long as it isnt copy and pasted from the old gears and the add new interesting features i am gamed.
nukeitall  +   158d ago
Couldn't agree more. I love me some more Gears of War.

I enjoyed Gears 3 (played it the most next to Mass Effect series) and still playing Overrun on Gears of War Judgment.

I understand judgment is different, but it is still a fine game. I like a lot of the changes including the faster pace, easier weapon switching.

I don't see how it is "more" CoD.... It is nothing like CoD and requires a lot more strategy. That is why I love Gears. It's a shooter that requires more brain, and less finger skills.
Lukas_Japonicus  +   159d ago
PS fanboy here too and the Horde mode from GoW 3 was one of my favourite MP modes of the entire generation.

Bring it on i say, the MP and Horde mode were so much fun (apart from being one shot killed with the sawed off, lol).


"On top of that, some Sony Fanboys are saying that God of War needs a rest too"

Im one of those people. It also needs a change too. So does Gears. They have to stay fresh while still being recognisable.
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IG-88  +   158d ago
I think that it is about them having Black Tusk stop work on the new IP to work on gears of war. Like the article said how it would have been good that they where working on a new IP and Microsoft's second most important franchise but now all they are doing is gears. fair or not MS has a perception of having only 3 or 4 IPs that they keep making and Sony does not. Sony also does not or has not openly make their devs only work on existing IPs such as making ND only work on Uncharted and I do think that there were people saying that we did not need god of war ascension so there is that too.
MightyNoX  +   158d ago
@Legacy: Nice backtrack there, buddy. After calling people hypocrites. For your selective memory, Microsoft can't bring back an old IP if it sacrifices a new IP

And if we're playing that silly little game (you're so adorable, using the Vita to artificially inflate the number of Uncharted games) Halo had not 4, not 5 but NINE games (Halo 1-4, Reach, ODST, Spartan Assault, Wars, Anniversary)

Mathematically challenged hypocrite.
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ZombieKiller  +   158d ago
@Mighty: Nice. That Vita version of Uncharted doesn't count. I'm talking about the full games on the main consoles. Not handhelds.

In that case, we only see a new God of War every 3 or 4 years or so. My point: WHO CARES how many games there are of the series! As long as they don't milk the cow like Cash of Duty, or outsource to idiots like Ninja Theory, I won't mind. Not sure how Tusk studios is, but we'll see.
Let's just say as a fan, the more, the better if done correctly.
king_george  +   158d ago
@ zombiekiller

Hell yes dude i wish more people thought like this. I dont care how many sequels there are as long as each one strives to be better than the last
Legacy212  +   154d ago
i never mentioned halo once in my arguement.... and yea vita one counts does it not expand on the uncharted universe as it is a prequel.
thezeldadoth  +   159d ago
why are gaming fans constantly bitching about something. how long has it been since you've enjoyed gaming just for gaming rather than bitching about everything you can think about in the industry
PockyKing  +   159d ago
I'm actually very excited for a Gears of War on UE4. Judgment was a big disappointment for me over Gears 3, and I put hundreds of hours into 3. Probably the only game that's taken a lot of my time. As long as the MP is good, the campaign fun and the graphics great I'm good to go.
Metallox  +   159d ago
Geez... Unreal Engine 4. I forgot it. Can't wait to see what they can do that engine.
PockyKing  +   158d ago
My site has interviews lined up for 4 possibly 6 UE4 games coming out this year for the month of February. Mostly indie, but really excited to see what they have to share.
jgrigs09  +   159d ago
As much as these people want to bitch about it. A good chunk of fans want to see another gears of war. I don't think this will be Black Tusks only game.
Robearboy  +   159d ago
Is Naughty Dogs focus on Uncharted 4 considered as "disappointing"? Not for me and neither is this, Gear 1-3 were superb games, both campaign and MP so its a mute point really IMO
MightyNoX  +   159d ago
Naughty Dog never dropped a game for the sake of Uncharted 4. For your analogy to work, it would be like ND abandoned The Last of Us and instead worked on Uncharted 4.

The crux of the argument is this, when it was time to walk the walk--MS pulled the plug on Shangheist, a promising looking IP whereas Sony gave ND its blessing to try a new IP.

It remains to be seen if Shangheist will make a return but the last time MS promised us that an idea is on the fridge, we waited forever for Kameo 2, Banjo Karting, Perfect Dark Core (all games that were in same production phase as Shangheist)
Pinkdolphinyfg  +   159d ago
Naught dog is also a much larger studio than can afford to work on two games at once whereas black tusk was barely concieved months ago.....
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Robearboy  +   159d ago
Not really, both TLOU and Uncharted are recognised sellers and sure fire Hits, Black tusks other project was an unknown Quantity and the cost to produce games is far too High for a new Dev team to gamble with
Hercules189  +   159d ago
The budget of games now is much more than they were a long time ago. Back then you can make a game with a very short budget, now it costs about the same amount as a big budget film. Because it was going to be a AAAA game it would probably rival 343 and naught dog and people look at the studio brand and see that its a new studio and it wouldnt sell great. Now when they make Gears its an already established franchise and when they see its a great studio they will be an established studio and then they can focus on what they were doing before.
Master-H  +   158d ago
Umm Naughty Dogs gave us The Last of Us after Uncharted 3 instead of jumping straight to a sequel, flawed comparison is flawed.
polow got sol  +   159d ago
So much whining going on lately specifically from sony fanboys dam do you guys ever get tired of complaining about a bunch of nothing??
jgrigs09  +   159d ago
I would say Sony fanboy writers. I've seen a lot of Sony fans who comment support this. The ones who complain the most are the writers .
stuna1  +   158d ago
Thank you! This Sony Fanboy crap needs to stop, I am in support of Gears of War as well as the other IP's that Black Tusk are working on. I also feel no project should be put on the back burner in response of support of another project.
PsylentKiller  +   159d ago
Here's hoping for a Definitive edition trilogy with judgement coming in as DLC. Then about a year later drop the new Gears of War story. Marcus and the gang should be retired. Except maybe resurrect Carmine, lol.
Pinkdolphinyfg  +   159d ago
According to leaks development recentely started and development requires 2.5 years for this game. By the time it comes out it should feel a bit more refreshing to play and less burnt out on the series than say having it come out this year. But then again i always liked gears so....
air1  +   158d ago
So since this guy doesn't want to go back and only move forward should we all get together and tell Sony not to bother with uncharted 4? Or any franchise that came out on the ps3
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rafaman  +   158d ago
Disappointing? We didn't know anything concrete about the other game of black tusk.

People hype anything these days...
gamertk421  +   158d ago
Secret trolling article designed to sow seeds of discord amidst we the Microsoft faithful.
Lukebb91  +   158d ago
This article is disappointing, why should me and all the other gears fans get no more games out of the franchise. Cod and battlefield fans get games, gears of war has a lot of potential and can only improve after judgment, gears story could be told better however its gameplay is still unique and unmatched.

Bottom line is if you don't like gears don't voice your opinion, its not needed focus on the true enemy that has had way to much influence over games.... cod.
Demoa  +   158d ago
this article is disappointing
KNWS  +   158d ago
I have a theory that may or not make sense. Allegedly this game shown at E3 by Black Tusk involved robbing from the Chinese.

Maybe Microsoft decided against it because China has opened its market to consoles and Microsoft maybe feared this game would hurt them there?

Afterall look what happened to BF4 it was banned in China.
captainexplosion  +   158d ago
Im a huge Gears fan. Ive been playing Judgment all day. I buy all consoles but Im not planning on buying a X1 because I despise Microsoft. So of course this news disappointed me. Not just because I don't have a X1 but also because Epic isn't doing it. Without Epic I have lost a ton of hope for Gears 4 and its not like I actually care about the characters or story. If Sony doesn't create a similar experience and Gears 4 includes both Horde 3.0 and Overrun 2.0 and Black Tusk doesn't screw it up I will have to get a X1. Honestly though, it does get annoying that Microsoft buys games rather than spending their money on new IPs. Its just bad for gamers.
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SLUG  +   158d ago
make the game in to a rts game and i would buy it
NeoTribe  +   158d ago
The fact is people were bummed when they found out gears was ms super duper extra surprising news. Says alot about the ip.

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