In an interview with OXM UK, Rod Fergusson, studio manager at Black Tusk, commented on the next Gears of War and the direction it’s headed. “I always talk about shipping a sequel to customers as ‘managing betrayal’,” Fergusson said, “they want something new but they don’t want something so new that it doesn’t feel like what they want.'” He also went on to say that he has given multiple speeches to the Black Tusk team on what is the “core tenets” of Gears and what they won’t be changing, along with a list of opportunities to innovate in which he thinks they can “knock out of the park.”
I would love to have sit in on those meetings because being on the outside has me left with mixed feelings. On one hand, I appreciate Rod and Black Tusk ‘managing’ the ‘betrayal’ to fans with its innovation direction and knowing not to change too much and at the same time, wanting to give fans a new experience. Something new but not something so new that it doesn’t feel like Gears of War, sounds great but it was not the case last time and it may be a tall order to make us forget that.
There are many Gears of War fans that would argue the ‘betrayal’ had already happened with Judgment, an underwhelming prequel to the franchise that left a bitter taste in fans’ mouths. Judgment was a clear example that proved too many changes to Gears of War does not bid well with fans but the good news is that it looks like Rod Fergusson is well aware of that.
These ambitions and how they play out could heavily depend on which direction the Gears of War story takes. Whether it is to be a sequel or prequel, there are many loose ends Black Tusk could tie up. Perhaps, we could finally learn about Queen Myrrah and the locusts and how they came to be. Maybe some of the locusts survived after the trilogy, and the war really isn’t over but then would Gears of War 3 have been for nothing? A sequel may be the best bet especially if it can tie up loose ends and take us back to that raw and grungy “Gears of War” style.
The next Gears of War is rumored to have a trailer at E3 in a couple of weeks, in which it will “show the direction” the franchise is heading. It’s very probable this could happen and if it does, we will finally get a glimpse at what Rod Fergusson and his team have in store for fans. Until then, all we are left to do is speculate and hope for the best.
What do you want to see in the next Gears of War game? What would you like to see changed or unchanged? Are you excited to see Gears of War at E3? Let us know!