With Bungie moving on from the Halo series, many have been looking to Epic Games’ Gears of War as the next flagship franchise for the Xbox. Not so fast, according to Epic president Mike Capps, who says he’d “love to ship the Gears trilogy on PlayStation. That would be fun. I want to be there; I want to be everywhere”. However, in this same interview Capps backtracks a bit, and acknowledges that “I don’t regret what we’re doing with Microsoft. They make it worthwhile all the time”.
So should we be expecting Gears of War to come to the PS3, maybe like the Mass Effect series? Capps’ answer is a definite maybe. Capps has stated that Microsoft helps with everything from play testing to marketing, and Microsoft’s support has been a big reason for the exclusivity of Gears on the Xbox.
It’s important to note that, unlike the Halo franchise (which is owned by Microsoft), Gears of War is entirely owned by Epic. This means that there are no big contractual obstacles to Epic putting a Gears game on another system. This is really a very similar case to the Mass Effect exclusivity, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends in much the same way: a port that’s about the same quality coming out for PS3 significantly after the Xbox version.