Gears of War Judgment: Baird chosen as lead due to “fan favourite” status

Wednesday, 6th March 2013 13:05 GMT By Dave Cook

Gears of War: Judgment developers Epic Games and People Can Fly decided to create the prequel around Baird after they found him to be a “fan favourite” among gamers. The fact that many gamers saw him as an “asshole” really helped their decision too.

In a video interview with That Xbox Show, lead level designer Jim Brown explained the decision, “With Gears of War: Judgment we really wanted to take a step back and not just do another Gears, but to actually expand the universe and do a lot of new things we were unable to do before.

“So one of the first things we did was go and talk to the fans and say, ‘What is it you want to see?’, ‘Where do you want to go?’, ‘Who do you want to be when playing this game?’ The overwhelming feedback was that Damon Baird was a fan favourite.

“He was an interesting character. He’s actually kind of divisive. Most players really, really like him, but there were a couple that were like, ‘Man that’s guy’s just an asshole’. But to me that means he’s interesting. That means that there’s a real story there to tell.”

Both developers also felt that hey had adequately covered the back stories of Marcus, Dom and Cole already, but that Baird was the only character left without a solid origin tale. Naturally, he was chosen to lead the game.

What do you think of Baird? Is he a sarcastic asshole, or do you enjoy his scathing barbs? Let us know below.



  1. theevilaires

    i always though Baird would be like a traitor in the group. Especially in part one and two his sudden appearance to show up out of nowhere always had me cautious. Plus his look was dramatically different from the others being a blonde haired dude and his suit always had a blue glow to it.

    Just made me suspicious that he might stab you in the back eventually. But I guess not since he has his own game now. I really need to finish Gears3. I’m such a procrastinator :(

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Hellhound30x

    sure as hell not my favorite… bleh!

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Vice

    Always liked Baird, he’s a kind of charming asshole, just like myself. But I would’ve preffered Anya or Sam’s game. In any case, thanks for not making Cole main hero.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. TheDED1

    I always prefered Cole to Baird, but Baird was always a smart ass which I liked. The UE4 Tech Demo looked awesome. I can’t wait to see some GoW on Xbox 720 or whatever they decide to call it.

    #4 2 years ago

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