Gears of War creator wants to return and lead Gears 6.
Microsoft is known for creating highly successful entertainment franchises such as Halo and Forza Motorsport; among them is Gears of War – another of its lucrative intellectual properties.
Gears of War is an action franchise developed and led by Epic Games that first debuted on Xbox 360 in 2006. Since its introduction, Gears has proven immensely profitable for Xbox and has gone on to produce seven more console games including Gears Tactics in 2020.
Cliff Bleszinski left Epic Games in 2012, meaning his final installment in Gears was Gears 3 (2011). Epic then co-developed Gears of War: Judgement in 2013 alongside People Can Fly before changing developers for Gears of War 2 in 2015. Finally in 2015 The Coalition would become officially designated developer.
Cliff Bleszinski would eventually form his own independent development studio Boss Key Productions in 2014 and release their inaugural game LawBreakers as their debut game in 2017.
LawBreakers earned respectable review scores (76 rating on Metacritic), yet failed to sell well, eventually going free-to-play in 2018 yet soon afterwards the servers for LawBreakers were shut down along with Boss Key Production’s doors closing. Bleszinski blamed politics as being at fault for LawBreakers failing.
Since his studio closed down, Cliff Bleszinski is said to be spending his time performing theatre and writing novels when not engaging with fans on social media. Unfortunately for us all though, many would love for Bleszinski to return to what he knows best: developing video games – specifically Gears of War series that he helped co-create! – and it seems as if this possibility is being considered by him as well.
“Gears 6 is trending!” tweeted Chris Bleszinski. He then invited Microsoft, “you have my number. Maybe I can find an excuse to jump back in.” Adam Beckwith from Psyonix Studios replied that Psyonix studios could help develop linear vehicle levels to fight Kryll forces, suggesting they consult on any linear levels designed specifically to fight them off while Psyonix studios would offer consultation (probably not actually though!). For real though – give me Gears of War 6.”
Rumors of Gears 6 have been floating around, although no date or release window seems imminent. We know for certain it will come at some point since four years have passed since its last main entry; The Coalition may lead development once again while Bleszinski may join them; we can only hope Microsoft makes an official announcement next year that will give us our chance at this sequel to Gears.
As of now, Gears of War franchise games can all be found via Xbox Game Pass for PC and console use.