Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, took a trip to the IGN Podcast Unlocked on Wednesday and revealed his thoughts for the new Gears of War from Black Tusk Studios as it now makes its way to the next generation consoles.
Over time since the first Gears of War game launched in 2006, Spencer said he felt that the game had become “a parody of itself”, later adding that “Gears of War, the name really meant something to what the game was about. We need to get back to that”.
So it is possible that Gears of War could be looking into its’ past as it develops into the future, we could be seeing a return to, as Spencer recalls, the “epic scale, the settings that I was in, the massive destruction. It was more what I would call soulful and maybe even a little dark”.
The last Gears of War game, Judgement, was only released last year, and while it was an impressive game, Spencer acknowledges that “Judgement didn’t hit everybody’s needs and desires”. However, it is important to note that Spencer also stated that the next Gears of War is not a reboot, the aim is to continue what Epic Games began and build upon it.
The new Gears of War will be the first Gears of War under Black Tusk Studios after Microsoft bought the rights from Epic Games. Rod Fergusson, the man in charge of Gears of War at Black Tusk Studios, said earlier this year that betraying fan expectations is the best way to succeed. Perhaps this time going back to where it all started could also be the best way to succeed.