Pachter believes Epic “regrets” exclusivity deal with Microsoft

Thursday, 21st January 2010 17:47 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Michael Pachter has voiced the belief that Epic Games “regrets” signing an exclusivity deal with Microsoft on the Gears of War franchise.

Speaking with Geoff Keighley during the latest Bonus Round edition on Game Trailers TV(via GamesThrist), Pachter feels the developers “can’t wait” to go multiplatform.

“I think the Epic guys can’t wait until they can start doing multiplatform games,” Pachter said, citing that it no longer makes sense for publishers to release on a single platform.

“I think that Microsoft has a contract to make sure that they get that sequel, but I think Epic regrets signing that contract,’ he added. “You’re up to 11 million PS3 in the US and probably a similar number in Europe, and you’ve got a 20 million addressable market with a game like Gears of War.

“I mean, that thing would easily sell 3 or 4 million on the PS3 and that’s a lot of profit.”

Epic has remained mum about what to expect from the company, let alone when we’ll get a new Gears game.

However, Cliff Bleszinski stated earlier in the month that there’s “a bunch of awesome shit” that its working on and to expect reveals when the weather warms up.



  1. Psychotext

    They’d have regretted Gears selling like UT3 without Microsoft’s marketing muscle too. :D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    The rumours are that MS had a timed exclusive deal for Gears 1 & 2 but not the third.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gheritt White

    Is that a rumour? I thought everybody knew that by now.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. AHA-Lambda

    Don’t tempt me :(

    No seriously MS own the Gears IP don’t they not epic? Therefore it will NEVER come to Ps3.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. reask

    Wow so Naughty dog and the Killzone makers must be head butting themselves that they didn’t get to release there games on 360. :(

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Bringit

    Ridiculous statement. Why do people give Pachter this oxygen?

    Gears of War is a mega seller because it was a big Xbox exclusive that received Microsoft’s monster marketing budget.

    Epic and Microsoft together made Gears a mega-franchise.

    Like shit do Epic regret this. If Gears ever goes multi-format, they’ll be thanking Microsoft for being a part of making it the hit it was.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    Far as i know no one from Epic or MS confirmed it was true.

    Nope Lambda, MS dont own the IP. Unlike what Reask said, because both Naughty dog and GG are owned by Sony along with all their games.

    As for the marketing, its true. But the franchise has been marketed now, its known to the point where it’ll just sell on any platform. Wouldnt be the first time a games surfed the MS marketing train then got off at PS3 station, remember Bioshock?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. AHA-Lambda

    @ 5 – both of those studios are owned by sony EPIC is not tho.

    @ 7 – ah that’s interesting BRING GEARS TO PS3 :P

    the thing is people can bash pachter but I can see where he is coming from on this :|

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Razor


    #9 5 years ago
  10. reask

    Oops didnt know that :( sorry.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. The Hindle

    Will never happen at all

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    It probably wont happen. No doubt MS have the third one under contract already to, if it wasnt round the time that rumour started i’m sure they’ve since flexed their money muscle and got it. Or maybe Epic just wouldnt see the point because the first and second are only on 360 and they see no market on PS3 for it or atleast not a big enought one.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. The Hindle

    Maybe when Gears is on its 5th or 6th game it may go multiplatform i dont know

    #13 5 years ago
  14. blackdreamhunk

    ut 2004 is better game than gears of war enough said!

    #14 5 years ago
  15. mortiferus

    This is all BS. Epic has made a shit load of money from the gears franchise, all to the tune of some big, fat, juicy pay checks from MS.

    Guess how Cliffy B got the cash to splurge on that Lamborghini?

    Plus, I guess people have forgotten that Kudo Tsunoda is General Manager of the Gears of War franchise for MS. Geez, I wonder how important Gears is to MS…

    #15 5 years ago
  16. NGCes26294BIV

    Can we please stop giving this man column space.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Alakratt

    Guys, the question is not if this will happen at all. The question is if you guys want GEoW to go multiplat. Because from what I’m reading you don’t want it on the PS3 at all.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Psychotext

    I believe the question was if Epic regrets the exclusivity deal or not.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Redh3lix

    As a PS3 owner I’m not particulary bothered as the game has never looked overly impressive although to be fair I’ve never actually played it, just seen the vids, but I have read quite a few complaints about the game regarding lag and glitches (this true?).

    Regarding it coming to PS3, maybe one day in the future. After all, I thought Final Fantasy would remain firm property of Playstation but look where that went.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Johnny Cullen

    15 – Didn’t he give that up for Natal?

    #20 5 years ago
  21. zoopdeloop

    Developers surely want fortune but they also want fame.
    Recognition from a much wider audience

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Goliath

    Pachter is a retard, plain and simple. Epic shopped Gears of War to a number of publishers including Sony and no one wanted to invest 10 million dollars in a modern, violent, postapocolytic shooter. Even Microsoft fought to keep the now infamous chainsaw melee out of the game. Funny how the genre has become this generation’s most popular but moving from the PS2′s casual community to current gen, no one wanted to touch a game like Gears of War.

    #22 5 years ago
  23. polygem

    so the deal was an epic fail?

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Dannybuoy

    What so they could make a shoddy port for PS3. No thanks!

    #24 5 years ago
  25. The Juice707

    I had never heard the stories about Epic shopping the Gears IP around, but that does not at all surprise me. When I think of games that tried to utilize cover systems, I think of Killswitch, which was a massive failure. So only with Microsoft did they get it off the ground. Now consider what showing off the game in its earliest form did. When the first pics and vids of Gears came out, it blew everyone away. I don’t know the statistics here, but a huge amount of games utilize the Unreal Engine today because it is a tool that allows developers more easily make their games, and they all wanted their games to look as good as Gears. The game helped them sell the engine! I’m sure Epic does want to develop PS3 games, but I don’t see them regretting their move with Gears.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Withnail

    Wow some people are getting defensive over this huh. At ease soldiers. He’s just making a remark that exclusivity to a single platform does not make a lot of sense any more. It made perfect sense for Gears 1 of course because MS put their marketing muscle behind it and the PS3 was floundering, but now there’s 30m of them in the world it’s a slightly different equation. That’s all it’s about though. Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. SniperWolf

    since when Gears sells bad
    they both sold over 8 millions
    ohh Pachter

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Mark Rein

    Michael is wrong. We have a great relationship with Microsoft and we have no regrets.

    #28 5 years ago
  29. Mark Rein


    You said –> “Epic shopped Gears of War to a number of publishers including Sony and no one wanted to invest 10 million dollars in a modern, violent, postapocolytic shooter.”

    This is not true.

    “Even Microsoft fought to keep the now infamous chainsaw melee out of the game.”

    This is not true.

    “Funny how the genre has become this generation’s most popular but moving from the PS2’s casual community to current gen, no one wanted to touch a game like Gears of War.”

    This is also not true.

    You’re 3/3!

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Psychotext


    #30 5 years ago
  31. mortiferus

    Oh Snap!

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Spaced Oddity

    Holy shit, it’s Mark Rein!

    #32 5 years ago
  33. tf2sniper

    That went well

    #33 5 years ago
  34. MushroomStamp

    That was rather amusing :) I have put more hours into Gears than any other game in my life. Gears 2, played and beat but could not get into the multiplayer, They removed map selection feature and the ability to host a public game for friends while public players can come and go at will…. the lobby system in 2 was just not pleasant.

    #34 5 years ago
  35. Hunam

    Err… Mark Rain shut down!

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Goliath

    @ Mark Rein

    Sorry to burst your bubble Mark but you must not be in the loop. Microsoft did try to nix the chainsaw in Gears of War, Epic did show the game to other publishers including representatives from Sony and shooters are this console generation most popular genre. Catch up.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Johnny Cullen

    Oh snap indeed, innit.

    But that is INDEED Mark Rein.

    I can confirm that.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. Withnail

    Comment 36 is an all time classic.

    #38 5 years ago

    I think it’s fair to say that Goliath’s claims have been officially denied.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Blerk


    #40 5 years ago
  41. The Juice707

    Most ownage ever!

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Whizzo

    I like this thread, would read again A++++++ ;-)

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Eregol

    I give it 8.5/10

    #43 5 years ago
  44. Psychotext

    “But that is INDEED Mark Rein.”

    That’s awesome.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Artheval_Pe

    As I understand it, if Epic have no regrets, then we can assume that the money given by Microsoft for the exclusivity, and their marketing expanses are more substantial than the profits that Gears of War could make on PS3 and PC.

    (Epic Games said that the absence of a PC port of Gears of War 2 was their decision, but as the current policy of Microsoft Game Studios is to keep all of their games out of Microsoft Windows, it’s very likely that the decision was made by Microsoft)

    btw : who is Goliath to be so sure about his informations ? Is he Phil Harrison ? Kaz Hirai ? ^^

    #45 5 years ago
  46. AHA-Lambda

    What did I miss?

    HOLY FFFUUUU-!!!!! 8O

    #46 5 years ago
  47. The Hindle

    Mark Rein this is a piss take in it lol

    #47 5 years ago
  48. prince87x

    Goliath is a sad, sad person. Even after getting shot down by Mark he follows with a weak and pathetic counter argument. Just, please, stop there. I feel embarrassed for you.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. onlineatron

    Goddamn! Just read this thread… Holy cow that was brilliant!

    #49 5 years ago
  50. DaMan

    officially owned.

    #50 5 years ago

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