Microsoft vice president Phil Spencer hopes the next Gears of War returns to the franchises’ darker, more destructive roots.
Spencer loved the “epic scale, the settings that I was in, the massive destruction moments. It was more what I would call soulful and maybe even a little dark.” When talking to IGN, in discussions with Black Tusk Studios’ Rod Fergusson, who’s in charge of developing the next installment, Spencer talked about Gears of War becoming “a parody of itself” over time.
“Not for any horrible reasons,” but because managing success over time is challenging.
Both Spencer and Fergusson talked about “getting back to something.” “I think [about] the story and the setting and what they’re going through as a band. Gears of War, the name really meant something to what that game was about. We need to get back to that.” Spencer also reiterated that the next Gears of War is not a reboot.
Spencer is aware that “Judgment didn’t hit everybody’s needs and desires,” but said “I think we can continue, but we also have a new team. Rod’s there to really help with the continuity. We can really invest in this thing for the next decade, which is how I want to think about it.”