These days, third-party exclusivity is almost dead. It's why many are wondering if Epic Games might eventually bring their stellar Gears of War franchise to the PlayStation 3.

Gears of War 3 won't be coming to Sony's machine; the game is part of an exclusive partnership with Microsoft. But when Epic President Mike Capps was asked during the Game Developer's Conference if he'd want to see a Gears title on the PS3, his answer was clear :

"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 says he doesn't regret the partnership with Microsoft and also explains why his team decided to side with MS some years back. He also added that Gears isn't owned by Microsoft: "We definitely own Gears of War ," Capps said. "This is our franchise, our IP." Therefore, PS3 owners definitely have hope, even though Microsoft continues to give Epic "really good, compelling reasons to work with them again."

They probably should keep it on the 360, though. Because if Gears came to the PS3 and so did the next Alan Wake …well, not sure I'd ever use that system again.

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Metallisnake
Metallisnake
9 years ago

well said ben i think gears is microsotfs only hope to surving in the console realm after that wat else more halo spinoff that would be very dull

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

Yeah really. I bought and Xbox to play Gears and Alan Wake. If they lose those I will not need that system.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

You don't need that system anyways. 🙂

Godslim
Godslim
9 years ago

u dont need it but gears is an ok game tho the mp is bad

PAKINIPS
PAKINIPS
9 years ago

Fable is the only reason I'd get an xbox.
I don't see the harm in their exclusives coming to the good side, xbox players seem more interested in cod

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Bah. Fable and Fable II were decent but Fable III blew.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

Fable was one of my favorite games, I played my lost chapters disc so many times it doesn't work anymore.

Haven't played fable 2 or 3, have heard from fable fans though that I am not missing much.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

Fable 2 was awesome, Fable 3 was a huge let down to me. They not only dumbed down alot of what made Fable 2 awesome, but they managed to make it the most buggy game ever.

cLoudou
cLoudou
9 years ago

Gears trilogy on 1 bluray disc utilizing new Unreal Engine. Winning! Bring it!

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

The new UE3 upgrades do look nice, IGN has a big feature on it. That plastic-like look so many UE3 games have may be circumvented with the subsurface scattering tool they've built into the engine. I'm pretty certain early screens of Gears 3 show a much more "fleshy" looking skin. There's also a host of other upgrades to the engine that may make it less of an under performer relative to their Crytek competition. Surprisingly, and this isn't so much to the benefit of the PS3 devs, the hardware enabled tessellation abilities unique to the 360's Xenos may now be harnessed–something devs haven't really accessed. The Xenos is a polygonal beast and tessellation is a great way to enhance geometric detail with minimal cost. Unfortunately, if multiplat devs do harness this tech feature the quality disparity between PS3 and 360 UE3 games could widen.

xenris
xenris
9 years ago

I don't know if tesselation would work well on the 360. I have a gaming pc and even on this beast of a rig, it drops the fps from 60 to 25 in some cases. Unless they did some optimizing and other things.

Also I don't really know a lot about programing and graphic designing so I'm not saying it wouldn't work because I know the inner workings of the 360 hardware, but rather from the experience Ive had with it on my pc.

hehateme
hehateme
9 years ago

haha yeah fable 3 was horrible you gotta buy add ons!? ur killin me smalls!

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

hahaha, Sandlot was a good movie, the sequels sucked.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I've anticipated this move for some time. I'm pretty certain MS and Epic have some sort of limited exclusivity agreement that is about to expire. I think it's safe to assume Gears is coming PS3 side in the not so distant future.

Unlike Ben my 360 will still get plenty of love'n, as about half of my gaming library exists for the 360. Games like Lost Odyssey and Dragon Age are coming down the pipeline for me ob it very soon. Though, currently, I'm preparing myself to not renew my LIVE subscription as it's benefits aren't outweighing it's membership fees.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Dragon Age II on 360 is already free on the net and it isn't even out yet. Sheesh.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Well, I already played Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon wasn't quite my bag (little too cutesy).

But if they ever did another LO, I'd have it on day one. …well, maybe not. Ten to one they wouldn't keep the turn-based combat.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

@World everything is free on 360

Snorge
Snorge
9 years ago

And boy does he mean everything (FREE)….except the damn XBL games (the ones that dont come to disc that is ;P)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

A future multiplat eh? I can do okay without it.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

Who didn't expect this. Mass Effect 2 is now here, matter of time before Gears comes this way. I only wanted an Xbox for ME2, now I have no reason to own one. YEAH…I save money.

556pineapple
556pineapple
9 years ago

I would really like to see the gears trilogy on PS3. I liked UTIII and I haven't played Bulletstorm yet, but Epic hasn't let me down so far.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

i have unreal tournament 3, dont know why i bought it. i think it was the idea of hover boards and vehicles. anyway, i was pissed when they released the trophy patch for that game. i just beaten it and i wasnt about to play it over just for trophies.

sawao_yamanaka
sawao_yamanaka
9 years ago

I like it because of the mods you can download from online. I do like the game though. Fun no nonsense gameplay.

playSTATION
playSTATION
9 years ago

xbox can keep their gears of war. they need something so lets throw them a bone. we got our killzone and uncharted and lbp and god of war and ico and resistance and last guardian and modnation and sly and ratchet/clank and …..

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

…inFamous 2

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

More games the better!

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

i dont know about you guys but for me that statement was practically saying gears is a timed exclusive. how long? that depends on how much cash microsoft wants to pay every "negotiation" meeting. however, if gears ends with 3, then we'll probably see the whole trilogy come out for ps3 sooner or later because its not a franchise microsoft can use anymore, unless they plan to milk it like activision and cod.

Wrote
Wrote
9 years ago

so way back before there was even halo3 I had an xbox and gears, I just couldn't get into it. the controls weren't right or something. flash ahead to nowadays where I have my ps3 and awesome 1st party games, I see my friends playing gears2 and jeez, such an ugly game. so many greys and browns, I have no idea how xbots compare it to uncharted. your a hulking dude(toooo big) and the cover is the only similarity, otherwise Its just a bland tps. so they can keep it. unless they utilise the ps3s awesomeness and make it fun.. who knows, maybe if I gave it and the xbox another shot id like it, but currently there's no point.

Snorge
Snorge
9 years ago

I used to play the Gears games all the time….moreso the Horde mode instead of Online but it was fun…for the time being…but now I have Uncharted 2 (without the brutal finishers of course)…not going back to Gears….well at least until 3 comes out….

Does anyone feel like the 360 is like an old dying relative that you wish you see more but will prob just give them a courtesy visit before they pass? LMAO! That was a terrible anology

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Mark my words, we will be getting the Gears trilogy, all in due time.

Orvisman
Orvisman
9 years ago

Agreed

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Weird declaration, but if they love to work with MS I doubt they would get the same commodity with them if they kill the 360 releasing GeoW on the Ps3.

360 would only have Halo xD.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Oh that certainly would be Epic(no pun intended) if only to see the bots reaction.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

For sure. I don't care for Gears at all. I bought the first (when I had a 360) beat it, and then got rid of it.

My friend brought his 360 over to my house with his brand new Gears 2 in hand, and needless to say, Microsoft would have been proud of his sales speech.

Orvisman
Orvisman
9 years ago

Agreed

Wrote
Wrote
9 years ago

so way back before there was even halo3 I had an xbox and gears, I just couldn't get into it. the controls weren't right or something. flash ahead to nowadays where I have my ps3 and awesome 1st party games, I see my friends playing gears2 and jeez, such an ugly game. so many greys and browns, I have no idea how xbots compare it to uncharted. your a hulking dude(toooo big) and the cover is the only similarity, otherwise Its just a bland tps. so they can keep it. unless they utilise the ps3s awesomeness and make it fun.. who knows, maybe if I gave it and the xbox another shot id like it, but currently there's no point.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Yea, I would have stuck with Gear if it had better controls. I couldn't stand how clunky and tank like they were.

Codeez
Codeez
9 years ago

Yes…it is quite clunky, and I had a huge problem finding matches in Gears of War 2. So frustrating, but I still enjoyed the Co-op.

Cabalavatar1
Cabalavatar1
9 years ago

Gears 1 and 2 were PRECISELY why I purchased a 360. Sometimes I've found the controls "clunky" per se, but really no more than Killzone2's controls. I *LOVE* that kind of realism. You can't switch weapons quickly or jump quickly when you're big and wearing armour. It's realistic to me that I'd be slower, "clunkier." Moreover, it's the bloody CoD fanatics who swing and manage the market that have started to ruin realism in shooters.

I would add also that Gear 2's Horde mode is the most fun I've ever had with a multiplayer. I hate playing multiplayer, but if I can get 4 of my buddies together, link up 3 360s and 3 TVs and have a rigorous, entrenchedly difficult fight to the death against all odds for 6 hours straight over the course of 50 rounds of the Locust, I'm enjoying myself nonstop for the duration.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

It wouldn't really matter to me one way or the other, gears isn't really my thing. It would have to have a whole new combat mechanic to interest me and even then the setting is still just meh for me.

If the trilogy comes as a set on 1 disc and I could pick it up for $20, I'd play it.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

That's the only way Id play them is if they came to the PS3. I have no reason to buy a 360 and I certainly wouldn't buy one just for these games so, I say bring em over! Like that'll happen! 😉

Bloodysilence19
Bloodysilence19
9 years ago

it be awesome to have the gears trilogy come over to ps3, as long as epic utilize the ps3 with unreal engine, like how bioware did with me2 on ps3 with me engine. the unreal engine just never really looks good when the game is on the ps3. only one ive seen that looked good was batman aksylum.

Codeez
Codeez
9 years ago

It's nice to see more 360 exclusives wanting to go multiplatform, but I would be much more excited for Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 on PS3 than Gears of War…just opinion though.

Kevin555
Kevin555
9 years ago

I love me some Gears of War on 360 & would love to see the experience taken to a larger audience so PS3ers can enjoy the neckless gruntish boo-yah epicness of the series.

If this does go to PS3 though, Epic & Cliffy B better block their inboxes because there would be a shitload of arse pain, tears & hate mail coming from fanboy zealots the globe over.

Looking forward to Gears 3 later this year & would love to see some of my PS3 owning mates get the chance to experience it's brilliance in the future.


Last edited by Kevin555 on 3/4/2011 1:01:29 AM

dante_zero
dante_zero
9 years ago

i wouldnt be surprised to see Epic bring some sort of gears game to ps3 in much the same way that Temco did with the ninja gaiden series. Now that Sony has revealed the NGP epic have a next gen engine and a next gen portable engine they will be wanting to license as much as possible to as many developers as possible. Epic will start the do favours for Sony as the momentum with technology wise is with Sony's Hardware. especially if M$ move to digital delivery the content size would have to be massive to support a next gen title using the next gen unreal engine were as Blu ray will be more palatable for the developers at the moment and fits with EPIC next gen engine as they wont have to worry too much about the size of the content which they currently have to do on m$ platform.

Hopefully that made sense and sorry for bad grammer, am proper knackered.lol

___________
___________
9 years ago

yea?
and i want a dinosaur to come make my breaky every day, go to work for me, and give me the lottery numbers for the next 4 games!
we all know neither is going to happen!

A2K78
A2K78
9 years ago

They might own the IP, but overall I am sure somewhere in their contract there are legal blocks that would prevent them from publishing the games on any other platform aside from the PC, even after the contract is terminated.

Now why do bring this up? well this deal seem very similar to the one that prevented Core from publishing Tomb Raider 2 and 3 on any other plaform(aside from the PC) even after the deal was done.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Dude… YES! This would be a D1P for me. I've never played any Gears title, but considering that it is among the best that the 360 has to offer, and the fact that I love me a good TPS, I'm keen. And hey, I'm allowed to get excited for a 360 exclusive, even if I am a PS3 fanboy.

Man, if Epic does this, I will be ecstatic.
Peace.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

the compelling reason ms brings to the table is money. i'm not talking about a pay off, either. ms markets the hell out of their exclusives, and even nonexclusive titles. when gears 3 drops that huge ms machine will be behind that game pushing it to the masses.

gears 1 was probably the first game this gen that i looked at, and thought now this blows away anything else i've seen so far. the texture work was pretty amazing at the time, and it's still one of the better looking games around. i remember playing it at my cousin's house, and being very impressed. gears sold a lot of 360's.

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
9 years ago

Not good enough for PS3. If they make a slightly upgraded (all on one disc) version and release it for calculators, toasters etc. then maybe.