Gears 4 Studio Cancels Original IP for Gears

By Triston Whitescarver – 30th July 2015
Gears 4 Studio Cancels Original IP for Gears

When Microsoft received all right to Gears of War, Black Tusk was in deep trouble.  They renamed the Studio The Coalition,  a name the refers to the Gear of War series , and will now be developing Gears like Rare makes Kinect games and 343 makes Halo.

Black Tusk was working on an original game, which was shown at E3 2013. They ended up stopping developing for the IP to develop Gears 4. Mike Crump, studio manager, was speaking to Polygon and said “We could continue working on the IP we were working on. Or we had the opportunity to take on Gears of War.”

The Original IP had almost 100 staff members working on it. The IP was in development for a year and a half. Crump continued and stated  “We were hugely invested in what we were working on. You don’t spend a year and a half working on a game without getting attached to it.”

“I’d be lying if I said there weren’t some people on the team who were disappointed when they found out the thing they’d been working on for so long was going to be shelved. If you’ve been in the game industry long enough, you’re going to go through project cancellations. People go through this period of mourning a bit. You have to give them that space and time to go through that, the sense of loss that people have around something they’re invested in,” Crump said.

The senior staff of Black Tusk  was gather to talk about the future of there studio  and it was a “no-brainer.” Job security was a big reason the developers  may have made that choice. “We went around the table and everybody was in favor of going for Gears of War,” Crump said.

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