Epic On Gears Of War: We Own The Rights To It
It all depends on which company owns the rights. That's one of the reasons for the current Activision/Infinity Ward war.
So when we all wonder if a currently exclusive series might go multiplatform, the first step is to determine the whereabouts of the title rights. Who's got 'em? Well, in the case of the critically acclaimed and immensely popular Gears of War, the developer has a firm grasp on the rights. Epic VP Mark Rein said as much at this year's Game Developers Conference last week, and added that they "can do as they please" with Gears. That being said, he added that they "have a great relationship with Microsoft" and they're "pretty happy with the way things are going." so to assume they will automatically take Gears to the PS3 is erroneous. The possibility is there, but for now, that's it. For the record, though, Epic does work with multiple platforms and other publishers, as evidenced by the People Can Fly shooter (supposedly known as "Bulletstorm"), which is set to be published by EA. Rein referenced a project "with EA" and although it hasn't been announced, they'll provide us with more information "soon." So it's not a matter of Epic being stuck creating games only for the Xbox 360, and Microsoft does not have the rights to the Gears of War franchise.
Just thought that was worth a clarification. The series in question really is fantastic and one of my favorites of the generation. Many might say Uncharted 2: Among Thieves took the third-person shooter crown last year but most PS3 owners would very likely welcome Gears of War 3.
3/15/2010 10:31:55 AM Ben Dutka