Gears of War Launch: November 7, 2006
Gears of War 2 Launch: November 7, 2008
Gears of War 3 Launch: 2012? 2013?!
According to Epic Games’ President Mike Capps, that’s a very real scenario. Speaking at the TGS 2009 earlier today, Capps stated the following: ‘If there were a next Gears of War, that will be for the next console generation, whenever that is. If someone knows, please tell me! That’s about four or five years away, I think.’
I am 110% in support of this, as Gears 2 felt slightly rushed in my opinion. The original Gears of War was one of the most-played online titles, and I feel that Epic wanted to hurry to get Gears of War 2 out so that they didn’t lose that momentum.
Also, lead game designer for the Gears of War franchise, Cliff Bleszinzki, hinted that the next iteration of Gears could include RPG (that’s Role-Playing Game) elements. If this is true, it will only widen the appeal of the franchise past the shooter genre into the area already occupied by the Mass Effect series, the BioShock series, Fallout 3, and the upcoming Borderlands which looks to equally balance the FPS and RPG genres.
In the meantime, I would like for Epic to concentrate heavily on DLC for Gears of War 2 that can fill in the gaps in the story for those that do NOT want to read ‘The Pendulum Wars’, ‘Aspho Fields’ and ‘Jacinto’s Remnant’. A few more map packs couldn’t hurt either.