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'Gears of War couldn't be in better hands', says Cliff Bleszinski

Former Gears of War designer not getting involved in Microsoft-acquired series

Former Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski won't be helping Microsoft and its Black Tusk studio on development of new games in the Gears franchise, but assures gamers its in good hands.

Microsoft confirmed Monday that it has acquired the rights to the Gears of War franchise from series creator Epic Games, and picked up former Epic director Rod Fergusson to 'play a key role' in future developments.

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"I don't think the franchise could be in better hands," said Bleszinski of Fergusson's recruitment, adding, "343 knocked it out of the park with Halo and I think Black Tusk will do a fantastic job with Gears."

Bleszinski went on to confirm, "I'm not going to move to Vancouver and work on it," and "I'm not going to consult on it.

"My headspace is in the future now, not the past. I have come to realize that until you give people something new to focus on they will obsess about the past," reasoned Bleszinski, who announced his departure from Epic Games in October 2012 after some two decades at the studio.

"These recent events have steeled my resolve to make something entirely new.

"Fingers crossed there will be news soon," he said.

In August last year Bleszinski released a teaser image of a project he was working on in collaboration with a former senior concept artist at Naughty Dog.

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