Baird’s popularity and unexplored fiction made him the only choice for protagonist in Gears of War: Judgement, according to franchise creator Cliff Bleszinski,.
“We actually had decided to use Baird based upon the assumption that he didn’t have his story told in Gears of War 3,” Bleszinski told GameInformer.
“Paul got to have his moment, Marcus had his moments, Anya – everybody else had their moments But Baird was kind of just left in the back being a sarcastic asshole, so from there we decided to put him the main character.
“But once we actually got data from Microsoft that he was one of the most beloved characters in the entire franchise that it really seemed like a no-brainer.”
Bleszinski advanced a theory as to why baird is the most popular of the COGs.
“I personally believe that Baird is so beloved by the fans because we live in a world where being cynical and snarky and sarcastic is the norm, especially on the Internet,” he said. “I think that’s why he resonates with a lot of gamers.”
He was smiling when he said it though.
Hit the link above to see the full interview, in which production director Rod Fergusson also expresses his love for the character – and his voice actor. Gears of War: Judgment is due exclusively on Xbox 360 later this year.