Gears Of War Creator Cliff Bleszinsky revealed, when commenting on being tied to one franchise, that he’s “been itching for a while [to create something new].” He continued: “When we finished Unreal Tournament I wanted to do another game. It’s just a matter of opportunity and figuring things out. So all hands are on Gears right now, in the foreseeable future. But, we’ll see how things go.” He then went on to imply that Epic will be dividing projects between studios in the near-future: “That’s one thing I know about Epic traditionally is if you’re a body in Raleigh, you get sucked into the Gears vortex. That’s why Chair’s able to do Infinity Blade, because they’re in Utah. So that’s one thing that we need to be sure of as a new developer. If we want to do a new Gears game, we need to be sure that we find a way to quarter off people that can work on different stuff.”
Bleszinsky also added, cryptically, that Epic “have other things incubating” but predictably added no specifics. He did explain though that: “What I would like to see moving forward is if we were to make a new IP or a new Gears game, I would like to figure out a way to get some sort of ancillary thing that ties in with mobile that ties in with the game directly. The future of the game is always with you. And those who are the platform holders, such as Sony and Microsoft and Nintendo, hopefully will understand that …to open their mind and have an iPad app that talks to Xbox, that talks to the PlayStation. So then maybe there’s a mini-game that I can do when I’m in the pub… things like that that contribute to the greater good. That’s where things need to go.”
Thanks to CVG for the info.