The Gears of War series did a lot this generation to improve and expand on the third-person shooter genre. Many agree that it pretty much set the standard when it came to cover-based shooters, something that many games have since tried to emulate to varying success. Now Epic is saying that if the fans want it, then the series just might head into the world of first-person shooters.
Speaking to OXM, Epic’s Executive Producer Rod Fergusson made it pretty clear that the idea is not off the table, stating that “I’m a big believer in never say never.” Adding that, “It’s all about what’s interesting in the industry at the time and where fans want us to take it. We don’t want to say never but it’s not on the top of my mind either. We look at what makes sense and move in that direction.”
The idea isn’t that crazy when you take a look at the upcoming Gears of War: Judgement. While it may look pretty similar stylistically to the previous three games, it’s being handled by People Can Fly who also developed the over-top FPS Bulletstorm. You only need to play that game for a little bit to notice the influence of Gears, not only in the art direction, but also in its character and world designs.
Fergusson did go on to state that players can expect Judgement to be a true Gears game, even though Epic are not the ones crafting it.
“Our Gears game was heavily scripted – lots of cinematics, big storytelling stuff,” Fergusson said. “People Can Fly is very much about things in level with a high replayability because of the Smart Spawn System, which brought to it by changing the AI.
So yeah, PCF’s campaign is a different campaign, but at its heart it’s Kilo squad, and Lancers and taking cover – it’s a Gears game.”
The success of Gears of War: Judgement might just lead to Epic handing the reigns over to People Can Fly, allowing them to not only handle a first-person shooter, but who knows what else. So while the original trilogy may have ended with Gears of War 3, it certainly appears that we’ll be playing all kinds of Gears games in the upcoming years.
Source: Official Xbox Magazine UK