The popular Gears of War franchise is moving, the game-series will be part of Microsoft going forward the company made the announcement earlier today. The new deal includes “rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise,” according to the official announcement.
At a press-event today Phil Spencer said the company choose to purchase the franchise from Epic Games as a “commitment to Xbox fans.” Spencer went on to say, “The “Gears of War” franchise has a very strong, passionate and valued fan base on Xbox. Over twenty-two million units have been sold across all “Gears of War” titles worldwide, grossing over $1B dollars (US). 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.”
The original company that developed Gears of War, Epic Games, left this statement:
“Epic games shared the following statement on the acquisition:
“Epic Games has reached an agreement to sell the ‘Gears of War’ intellectual property rights to Microsoft. We’re very proud of the franchise we built in close partnership with Microsoft over the past decade and are happy that this agreement enables Microsoft to forge ahead with the ‘Gears’ universe on their industry-leading platforms as Epic concentrates its efforts on new projects,” said Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “Epic remains totally dedicated to supporting Xbox One and is licensing the Unreal Engine 4 technology to Microsoft in support of their future projects.”