Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the Gears of War video game franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise.
As part of the deal, Microsoft has tapped Black Tusk Studios to take over development of the future games in the franchise. Rod Fergusson, former director of production for “Gears of War” at Epic Games will also join Microsoft and play a key role in the development of the property going forward.
“The Gears of War franchise has a very strong, passionate and valued fan base on Xbox. More than 22 million units have been sold across all ‘Gears of War’ titles worldwide, grossing more than $1 billion dollars,” says Phil Spencer, head, Microsoft Studios. “This franchise and these fans are part of the soul of Xbox. By acquiring this franchise, Microsoft Studios will continue to offer them more of their favorite games and entertainment experiences from the Gears of War universe.