Epic president Mike Capps says the brand new intellectual property the company's set to reveal at the VGAs on Saturday is a radical departure from the developer's previous work.
"It's something radically different for us," he told GamesIndustry.biz. "New IP, new game. We're not really talking much about platform or anything like that, but... it's been really refreshing to the team to try some new things.
"We love Gears, it was a great trilogy, we've gotten a lot of great compliments and a lot of great fans, and we're still supporting Gears 3 very strongly, but I've got guys that have been on it since 2001, and some of them need a break and to try something new.
"So this is going to be one of those projects where we try something totally different, and it just went 'boom', because everyone had this pent up energy to do something new," he added, before going on to say the studio's very nervous about how fans will respond to it.
"We're scared to death... I'm so scared that people will just say 'oh yeah, that looks like an Epic game, oh sure' because I want them to see it as a departure, but I don't want anyone to say 'that doesn't look anything like an Epic game, forget it, I'm not interested.' So we're actually nervous, we haven't been nervous like this for a while!"