- The Gears of War franchise could use a reboot similar to God of War, according to Cliif “CliffyB” Bleszinski.
- CliffyB is potentially open to consulting on the Gears of War reboot if approached by Phil Spencer.
- CliffyB is shifting focus to other creative ventures, such as his Scrapper comic book and a potential animated series adaptation.
Cliff “CliffyB” Bleszinski sees a possibility of returning to the Gears of War franchise if it were to receive a reboot that follows the same blueprint as the God of War series. Bleszinski spoke about the likelihood of the reboot, along with a variety of other topics that mainly involve the developer’s history of projects, current achievements, and his work on the Scrapper comic book.
Known for his work in the Unreal and Gear of War franchises, Cliff Bleszinski has built a portfolio with Epic Games. He would later establish his own company, Boss Key Productions (founded in 2014). After moving on from Epic Games in 2012, the Gears of War series continued with The Coalition. Since then, the series has gone in a different direction now that CliffyB isn’t behind the wheel for crafting the design for the games. With a new comic book on the way and other goals, CliffyB seems to have stepped away from the video game spotlight in favor of other creative ventures.
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However, after speaking with ComicBook.com, Bleszinski briefly spoke about the possibility of coming back to the Gears of War franchise. When asked if Bleszinski could see himself returning to the world of Gears of War through a comic book format, he came back by saying it’ll need a “little bit of a reboot, like God of War had.” This is about what God of War received in 2018 with Santa Monica Studios and Sony. “Phil Spencer has my number, I’m happy to consult,” he added. His response then delved into an analysis of reading comments on YouTube with players reacting to Dom’s death in Gears of War 3, an episode from Doctor Who that involves Vincent van Gogh, Patton Oswalt’s influence on entertainment, and political displays in comic book movies.
I believe Gears needs a little bit of a reboot, like God of War had, and I’ve always said, Phil Spencer has my number, I’m happy to consult. Gears will always be near and dear to my heart.
Based on Bleszinski’s response to ComicBook.com, it seems that he is merely interested in being a consultant if he were to come back to the Gears of War franchise. Bleszinski is just about done with video game development, however. As he states elsewhere in the interview, he’s been pitching ideas on adapting his Scrapper comic book into an animated series. Bleszinski was asked if the idea began with a video game format in mind. While it was the initial approach, Bleszinski commented, “…if it becomes a video game, I’ll probably oversee a lot of it, but I don’t want to be in the trenches day to day, I’ve done enough sleeping under my desk.” He goes on to mention that the idea would make it an “awesome game that’s possibly cel-shaded style.”
The Gears of War franchise has been relatively quiet; its most recent installment was with Gears Tactics in 2020. Technically a spin-off of the series, the last main entry that players got to experience was Gears 5 in 2019. It’s been a while since Gears fans were treated to a new installment, and it might be some time before any announcements are made.
For now, only rumors persist regarding the next title in the Gears franchise, with ideas surrounding an open world to explore. Even if Bleszinski’s comments might not shine a light on the future of the Gears series, fans can look forward to a potential film adaptation from Zach Synder with Dave Bautista attached.
Gears of War
Xbox Game Studios’ Gears of War franchise began on the Xbox 360 and instantly became a flagship franchise for the green brand. The original Gears of War trilogy is considered one of the finest in the history of the third-person shooter genre, with the trilogy’s intense action and surprisingly touching story moments creating memorable experiences.
The series has had another two solid main series entries since and even a turn-based tactics game.