Gears of War: Judgment
Upcoming Unreal Engine E4 Games are Mostly New IP, Says Epic
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Epic Games has said that most of the games in development using its Unreal Engine 4 tech are new properties.

That’s according to EU territory manager Mike Gamble, who told Edge that UE4 is being licensed by numerous publishers and developers, and that the split between the new properties and established franchises is, "at least 50/50 - if not 70/30 in favour of new stuff”.

"There haven't really been any announcements of the games still under wraps [that use UE4],” said Gamble. “As soon as they start going live, then you'll see suddenly see that we're everywhere again.” 

"You'll be thoroughly sick of us."

This will all kick off, says Gamble, with an announcement at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco this March. What that game will be, who will make it and what platforms it will hit, however, are currently unknown.

As for a true generational leap in the quality of graphics on the new consoles, Gamble reckons that we’ll start seeing massive improvements by the end of 2014.

“It’ll happen this year, toward the Christmas period,” he said. “Knowing the games that are in development, there are some crackers. The first quarter of 2015 is also where a lot of them seem to be aiming. This year there seems to be a lot of cross-gen, but that’s publishers and developers being safe, isn’t it? It’s still a good revenue stream.”

Yesterday, it was revealed that Epic has sold the rights to Gears of War to Microsoft, with Black Tusk taking over development of future games. Former series producer Rod Fergusson, who recently helped Irrational Games complete and ship BioShock Infinite, will help oversee the series.

In response to the move, former lead designer Cliff Bleszinski has said that while he believes Gears is in good hands, he won’t be consulting on the project. Speaking on is personal blog, Bleszinski said, "I'm not going to move to Vancouver and work on it. I’m not going to consult on it."

"My headspace is in the future now, not the past. I have come to realize that until you give people something new to focus on they will obsess about the past. (good problem to have!)

"To those of you who love Gears, I love you as well, and I appreciate your support through the years. The fandom, the cosplay, the tattoos, it all means more than any amount of money could ever mean. These recent events have steeled my resolve to make something entirely new."

"To be honest, I don't think the franchise could be in better hands. Heck, Rod's Twitter handle, to this day, is Gears Viking. Gears is just as much Rod's baby as it was mine. He'll take good care of her.”

Bleszinski continued, "Phil Spencer [Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios] went out of his way to give me a phone call to inform me of the transaction last week. Phil, you didn't have to do that, you're a gentleman. I appreciate it; that goes a long way. 343 knocked it out of the park with Halo and I think Black Tusk will do a fantastic job with Gears."


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Comment #2 by Yourburntstar
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 11:34:35 AM
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2015 will be a good year for gaming.

I just wish it was 2015 right now..

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Comment #3 by l Yakuza l
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 11:34:35 AM
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I miss CliffyB :( hope the new IP works out

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Comment #4 by XoNiNjAlEoNoX
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 11:43:01 AM
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"I have come to realize that until you give people something new to focus on they will obsess about the past."


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Comment #5 by l Yakuza l
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 11:50:04 AM
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lol am i the only one who liked cliffyb????

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Comment #6 by DeathConvoy
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 11:51:07 AM
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Heh, 343 knocked Halo right out of the park alright - straight into the sewer.

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Comment #7 by Backlashlaze
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 11:59:49 AM
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@5 Cliffy B is a typical douchebag with absolutely no likeable characteristics.

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Comment #8 by MasterSparky
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 12:07:19 PM
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You missed the quote from Cliffy saying "Rod don't fuck it up ;)"

@7 One thing i love about Cliffy is his missus :D

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Comment #9 by Kebabsaurus Rex
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 12:08:59 PM
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Cliffy was and always will be a total and utter twunt

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Comment #10 by LickableLemons7
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 12:09:02 PM
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Cliffy B knew how to #lightitup

Cool guy.

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Comment #11 by Timmeh
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 12:09:24 PM
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Frankly think 343 did a far better job with Halo than Bungie. When the last Halo came out on the 360 we finally had some new enemies, some new weapons, a slightly more interesting storyline, far better graphics, much nicer audio, and greater playability. I know the multiplayer got some flack but the rest of it was way better than the stale pile of trash Bungie was beginning to churn out each year. I didn't buy the last Gears for the same reason so hopefully it'll be true there.

Sometimes franchises need to jump into new hands so they don't get boring and repetitive.

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Comment #12 by the action frampton
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 12:10:07 PM
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@6 huh, you must not have played Halo Anniversary or Halo 4. You should try them, they're awesome.

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Comment #13 by DeathConvoy
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 12:29:48 PM
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@12 Anniversary was glitchy and awful over system link. Lagged like online play over dialup. Achievements wouldn't register, often you would be trying to shoot some enemy around a corner only to find your bullets wouldnt hit because they were hitting a wall in classic mode. Often finding weapons on the ground wouldn't show in the updated mode. I quite frankly preferred the original over this mess.

Halo 4 was a joke. New enemies is one thing but at the complete lack of engaging play. Very few memorable moments compared to Reach. No incentive to replay it. Havent even bothered with the Spartan Ops.

You're also forgetting Halo Wars. Theres more strategy in Lego Star Wars than there was in this bucket of crap. Build big ships, move towards enemy. Cavemen are smarter than this.

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Comment #14 by Cima al Mondo
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 01:03:04 PM
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@13 first off neither Bungie or 343 made halo wars. Also Halo Wars was one of my favorite game. It wasn't a traditional halo but it was different. I have put in more online time in halo wars than any other game. But hey each to their own.
I will admit halo 4's online wasn't like traditional halos but I played it more than I did reach. And you may not have found the story very engaging, but it has been my favorite halo thus far. I will say I wasn't a fan of spartan ops though, but like I said each to their own.
I understand that not everyone will agree but before you bash 343 just know some people think that halo 4 was a fun game. I'm not saying you're wrong, but don't bash the company just because you didn't like their game.
I can't speak for halo anniversary because I haven't played it.

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Comment #15 by cannibalx666x
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 01:08:53 PM
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Hmm, yeah i like how he says that the Fandom, tatts et all are more important to him than the cash ever was...he probably thought about typing all that whilst he is lying naked on his bed of Money...

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Comment #16 by Fozki Razormaid
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 01:45:37 PM
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I liked cliffy b more than I liked rod ferguson

btw halo reach and halo ce on xbox are my fave halo and gears 2-3 were liked by me

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Comment #17 by IggulStar
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 02:18:20 PM
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Cliffy B was a massive arrogant cock, but i like him.

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Comment #18 by BiggD
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 02:28:53 PM
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This comment section makes me sick. How old are you people, have you ever even touched Halo CE in 2001 or Halo 2 in 2004? Halo Reach was fucking garbage. Can't believe people think it was good.

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Comment #19 by aim of kronic
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 02:41:00 PM
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@18 I'm with you man. reach was just awful.

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Comment #20 by Ereaser NL
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 03:32:21 PM
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@13 that must have been your problem that it lagged then, because it had the Halo Reach multiplayer (or you could download the maps for Halo Reach with the code you got with the game)
@18 People's opinions obviously differ, I enjoyed it a lot just like I did with Halo 3 (Hadn't played CE or 2 at the time, since Halo 3 was a game I got with my 360)

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Comment #21 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 03:39:44 PM
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@18 Ssshhh don't tell them about Halo 2!

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Comment #22 by BiggD
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 03:52:09 PM
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@20 - I know everyone has a different opinion, but I just don't see what is reasonably arguable in saying that Halo Reach was good :/ Even if I try giving the game the benefit of the doubt, I can't. The game didn't do anything to advance the series forwards, and the Campaign/Story went against the lore of Halo. That, and the map design for the Multiplayer was mediocre at best.

@21 - They'll never know the true beauty and perfection that was Halo 2 :)

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Comment #23 by RDWatson16
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 04:26:37 PM
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Have played and still own every halo game ever released and have to say that i quite liked reach unfortunately though we didnt get enough time for characters backstories and halo wars was one of the greatest halos i have ever played and anniversary was quite boring by yourself but have a friend and a good internet connection and you can get hours of enjoyment out of it

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Comment #24 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 05:15:54 PM
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I did like what Cliffy said, but I still would show him middle finger if I saw him on the street haha

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Comment #25 by kingdomcome84
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 06:10:10 PM
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Now Microsoft needs to put together a studio for cliffy B. and have him as head OR he forms his own independent studio and put out new IP's

Microsoft + Cliffy B. = Make it happen

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Comment #26 by BIG TRIGG
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 06:31:52 PM
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Ive been worrying about gears future since the Chinese bought epic games and every one quit. but now im relived that Microsoft owns gears and rod is on it yea yeah

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Comment #27 by oCYBERPUNKo
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 07:23:12 PM
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Halo 4 was fantastic! Cliffy B is a really nice guy! You guys just like to bitch about everything!

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Comment #28 by oCYBERPUNKo
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 07:25:22 PM
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What game is Epic working on?

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Comment #29 by oCYBERPUNKo
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 09:08:10 PM
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Whatever happened to Fort Nite or whatever it was called? Anyone remember Shadow Complex?

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Comment #30 by Louchavelli
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 10:00:41 PM
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While I am not happy with the GoW transfer to Black Tusk, I will keep an open mind. 343 did a great job with Halo 4. I will give Black tusk the benefit of the doubt and check out thier first attempt at Gears.

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Comment #31 by Utd we stand
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 09:46:29 AM
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I love cliffy b !!!!!!!!!

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