Microsoft Studios acquires rights to Gears of War franchise

On Monday, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. In addition, Microsoft announced that Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, B.C., will take over development of the Gears of War franchise and that Rod Fergusson, former director of production at Epic Games on the franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward.

Head over to Xbox Wire to read the Q&A with Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios, Hanno Lemke, general manager of Black Tusk Studios at Microsoft Studios, and Rod Fergusson about the big news. And listen to this interview of Fergusson by Xbox Live’s Major Nelson.

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Steve Clarke
Microsoft News Center Staff