The original Gears of War was one of the Xbox 360's first big titles, and it led the way in a new type of gritty, sci-fi shoot-em-up that had a never before seen level of scale and realism. Well, realism that didn't exclude giant alien monsters.
Many then were predicting a glimpse of the next Gears of War at this year's E3. It would have made sense, after all. One of the Xbox 360's biggest games appearing in time to show the potential of Microsoft's next ten console, the Xbox One.
However, even though Microsoft acquired Gears of War for its new studio Black Tusk, Gears of War did not show up at E3. And it has recently been revealed that the game is still in concept/prototype stage.
Speaking about the game Black Tusk Studios manager Rod Fergusson said that making the best game in a successful series is always a tricky situation, as fans
want something new but they don’t want something so new that it doesn’t feel like what they want. But if you put out something that’s very familiar and is the same as the game they just had, then it’s like ‘I’ve already had this. This isn’t new enough.'
He did point out though that Microsoft's backing:
means we're able to push a lot harder in a lot of bigger areas. The franchise can do a lot more now that Microsoft owns the IP; we can expand it's breadth and do a lot more with it.
So what would you like to see from the next Gears of War?
Some ideas that have been floated on the intent include a total reboot or a prequel, after all The Locust were completely wiped out at the end of Gears of War 3 through a genetically programmed genocide.
Others have focussed on gameplay fixes, such as improved AI. The Locust, despite their alien-intelligent hive mind, had a tendency to walk slowly between cover. Could improvement in the AI allow you to do battle with smarter enemies and bring back some of the more tactical battles of the first two Gears of War games?
Table integration is another possibility. It would be awesome to be able to position a Hammer of Dawn bombardment using a tablet as a side screen.
Ultimately though, at this stage we are just going to have to wait and see what the next [Gears of War](movie:671276) game - which may or may not be called Gears of War 4 - serves up when it finally comes to the Xbox One.
But what improvements would you like to see Microsoft make for gears of War on the Xbox One? Do you want to battle the Locust again, or another enemy? Write in with your thoughts below the line!