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Gears 2 update possible thanks to continued community support

Wednesday, 19th May 2010 22:21 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Cliff Bleszinski has said that Title Update 6 for Gears of War 2 would not have been possible without continued community support and suggestions.

Speaking with CVG, Bleszinski had a lot to say about the fan base and how Epic keeps a close eye on the UDK community.

“We’ve always had a tradition of supporting our products as well as a continued culture of ongoing learning,” he said. “The launch of Gears 2′s online was bumpy, [and] over the last while, we’ve continued to tweak and refine that experience through regular title updates that not only improve the online performance and matchmaking times but also tune the game and weapon balance.

“Many of those game tweaks have come from our design team interacting with our fans on the official Epic forums.

“The gaming world right now is filled with so many stellar games vying for players attention and the best way to remain successful and relevant is by keeping your fans happy. Listening to them, interacting with them, and quite often simply giving them what they want when possible keeps them engaged as long term fans of your studio.

“Bungie and Blizzard have done a stellar job at this and we’re evolving into a studio that embraces our fan base more than ever. Besides, today’s Epic fan or a promising UDK modder could be tomorrow’s star Epic programmer/designer.”

The latest update is slated for sometime next week, and Gears 3 is on the doc for 2011.

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  1. Man_s

    This is somewhat hilarious really. Mr. Bleszinski is right about one thing though: there ARE many great games out there with proper support… that’s why, after the complete disaster that was Gears 2 online (specially since many of the problems and mistakes were also present in Gears 1 multiplayer, which was correctly patched later on), people who kept playing Gears 2 online considering the “design decisions” that were clearly breaking the game but which they defended, is a masochist. Giving the fans what they want? Really? Didn’t seem like that for ages.

    I’ll wait for Gears 3 and it’s multiplayer since I’m still a fan of the series gameplay, but Epic’s credibility to respond to player feedback is long gone in my book. I’m probably too happy playing Uncharted 2, a game that is properly supported by a newcomer to the online space like Naughtydog to care though.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. xmaster dosx

    @1 i couldnt agree more. after buying a 360 to play gears1 and loving every second of it. then playing the CRAP that the gears2 multiplayer is. i cant ever believe anything cliff b. says about listing to “OUR FANS” listen to your fans now and make a good gears3

    #2 4 years ago