Cliff Bleszinski has told Develop that the RPG genre will eventually mash in with shooters.
“I had a conversation with Harvey Smith – one of the lead designers on Deus Ex – and said to him the future of shooters is RPGs," he told the site. "He said he completely agreed. There was a time when the industry warmed down, and then BioShock came along.”
As far as the Gears franchise including RPG elements in the future was concerned, as usual, Bleszinski was cryptic.
“It depends on where things go. I mean, one could wean that from the comments I made earlier about the future of shooters is RPGs and see where things are going with us.”
The full interview is through the link.