The news was announced at GDC this week by Epic’s president, Mike Capps, who made a few comments that sparked a little hope for PS3 players who like the idea of Gears of War.
The Gears of War franchise is after all a very popular one, and has drawn many people towards buying the Xbox 360 as opposed to the PS3. If Gears of War were to be released for the PS3 as well, Epics profits would rise dramatically, however Microsoft would lose customers.
At GDC, Capps stated that time and time again, Microsoft constantly give him good, compelling reasons to continue working with them.
He said, “Do we wish we could take all those Killzone players and Resistance fans on PS3, and get them to say ‘Gears is awesome’? Yeah, sure I’d love to ship the Gears trilogy on PlayStation. That would be fun. I want to be there; I want to be everywhere.”
Capps would not officially state whether Gears of War would ever see the PS3, however, he did go on to say, “We definitely own Gears of War. This is our franchise, our IP.”
This means that Microsoft has no legal hold over the rights to the game, so it is a possibility that Capps will be swayed to release the game for PlayStation 3.
However, Capps did go on to say, “Time and time again, when it came down to figure out what we do next with Gears, we sat down with Microsoft and they’ve given us really good, compelling reasons to work with them again”.
The main reason it seems that Epic keeps going towards Microsoft, is because Microsoft continuously put input into the game that makes it better.
Capps stated, “They don’t just market it; they do amazing work and they have a user testing team that makes our games better, and so each time we’ve come to the point of ‘what do we do next?’ we’ve been happy to work with them. They help us make a better product and do some really cool marketing on the platform, so we save some money there.”