The Coalition is preparing to unveil their first explosive offering to the world: Gears of War 4.
Gears of War 4 takes place 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, kick-starting an all-new saga. However, the game represents much, much more than that.
Microsoft purchased the Gears of War IP from Epic Games back in 2014, as the Unreal Engine developer began winding down its AAA game development ambitions. Microsoft repurposed the Vancouver-based Black Tusk Studios to oversee the franchise. Many developers from the original Gears of War team, including executive producer Rod Fergusson, jumped ship to join the new studio.
Black Tusk was renamed The Coalition to honor its stewardship of the Gears of War franchise. Much like Halo’s 343 Industries and Forza’s Turn 10, The Coalition is the third pillar in Microsoft’s blockbuster
Xbox-exclusive effort. The news was hugely exciting, but questions remained.
Can the Gears formula still work in 2016? Can The Coalition bring the same magic to the franchise under Microsoft Studios? Can Gears of War compete with the likes of Battlefield 1, Call of Duty, Titanfall 2, and various other heavy-hitting AAA shooters this holiday season? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes.