Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski has said any additions to the series will have to shake up its formula, among other references to the property’s future.
“In the future, who knows? We would certainly love to make more experiences in the Gears universe,” Bleszinksi said at a backstage press briefing following the VGA reveal of new IP, Fortnite.
“I want to make sure we switch it up sufficiently so it still feels like Gears DNA, but it feels fresh and new.”
While he noted that the industry could see a hardware transition within a few years, Bleszinski said Gears was likely to remain a Microsoft exclusive for now.
“It’s technically capable, but we have a good deal with Microsoft, so that’s the home of Gears for the foreseeable future,” the designer said of a possible PS3 version.
“Business is business man. We could speculate about anything. What if streaming online services decided they wanted to make a great deal with us? Then Gears would be a streaming game. But as of right now, Microsoft’s been an amazing partner for us.”
Still on the topic of Gears of War, Bleszinski expressed hopes that interest in the latest game might rescue the troubled film project.
During the same conference, Bleszinski was asked whether Epic will ever return to Unreal, its first-person shooter property, which has been quiet for several years now.
“I will tell you right now, if you could magically double Epic’s team temporarily and just build another game like that I would love to do it,” he said.
“I’ve had all sorts of crazy ideas. I think it would be amazing to reboot the original Unreal with a Fallout, Skyrim vibe, where it’s more about exploration than it is about action, and more RPG elements.”
Unfortunately, Bleszinski said the company is “a slave to our success with games like Gears and Infinity Blade”.
“Thankfully we’re able to craft a new IP with something like Fortnite right now,” he added.
Watch the full press briefing below, courtesy of GamerLive.TV.