When Epic Games handed its Gears of War license over to Microsoft, speculation immediately began that a brand new installment in the popular third person shooter series was on the cards, and that has proven to be the case, but it's still a lot further away than you might have thought.
According to Rod Fergusson, head of Black Tusk Studios who have been tasked with building the new game from the ground up for the Xbox One, that project is still in its infancy, having only just passed the 100 day mark. Speaking in a live podcast yesterday, Fergusson dismissed reports that the game could be shown off in the near future, claiming that it's still in very early prototyping stages.
Although unable to talk about specific plans for the title, Fergusson did confirm that he was willing to render some of the existing comics and books set within the Gears of World universe redundant by making changes to series canon - assuming it makes for a more enjoyable gameplay experience. Asked about whether the studio was aiming to stick to canon as much as possible, Fergusson said:
Yes, as best we can. I believe fun is greater than canon. That's not to say I'm going out of my way to destroy canon, but if I get to a situation that may invalidate a comic book or a book, I'm going to make that fun decision.
No release date has yet been announced for the next Gears of War game, but given the fact that Black Tusk is little more than three months in, it's unlikely we'll see a release until late 2015 at the absolute earliest.