Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski says the series needs a reboot in the style of God of War, urging Xbox boss Phil Spencer to give him a call. 2018’s God of War was a soft reboot that drastically overhauled the gameplay and systems of the previous games to deliver a more grounded, personal take on protagonist Kratos and his new journey in Norse mythology. Both the reboot and its 2022 sequel, God of War Ragnarok, turned out to be enormous successes, so it’s easy to see why Bleszinski wants that for the Gears series as well.
Speaking to Comic Book in a recent interview, Bleszinski said, “I believe Gears needs a little bit of a reboot, like God of War had, and I’ve always said, Phil Spencer has my number, I’m happy to consult.”
The last mainline entry in the Gears of War franchise was Gears 5 back in 2019, which received mostly positive reviews and was praised for its change of direction and protagonists. It’s worth noting that Cliff Bleszinski was only involved in the first three Gears of War games while working at Epic Games, though left the company to form his own (now-defunct) studio, Boss Key Productions, in 2014. Developer The Coalition has since handled newer entries in the franchise including the rumoured Gears 6.
It’s hard to say if the Gears series really needs a reboot. New entries tend to sell quite well for Xbox and typically gain positive critical responses with each release. The same can’t be said about the God of War series which released the underwhelming God of War: Ascension before Santa Monica Studio chose to rejuvenate the franchise in 2018. By Ascension, the older God of War formula had been wearing thin for many fans, especially since the storytelling potential was limited after the Greek mythology saga concluded with God of War 3.
In related news, Gears 6 will reportedly feature a semi open-world for players to explore, though The Coalition has been very quiet about the project.
Source: Comic Book