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Could Epic make a Gears of War FPS? "Never say never"

"We look at what makes sense and move in that direction"

Glass is see-through, puddings are tasty and Epic isn't ruling out the prospect of a first-person Gears of War, providing fans give the go-word.

"I'm a big believer in never say never," executive producer Rod Fergusson told OXM in an interview you'll read in issue 89, out on Wednesday. "It's all about what's interesting in the industry at the time and where fans want us to take it. We don't want to say never but it's not on the top of my mind either. We look at what makes sense and move in that direction."


Epic is currently collaborating with People Can Fly to develop Gears of War: Judgment, a prequel. People Can Fly, of course, is the developer of the decidedly Gearsy FPS Bulletstorm. Room for manoeuvre there.

"Our Gears game was heavily scripted - lots of cinematics, big storytelling stuff," Fergusson said elsewhere in the piece, discussing how Judgment diverges from formula. "People Can Fly is very much about things in level with a high replayability because of the Smart Spawn System, which brought to it by changing the AI.

"So yeah, PCF's campaign is a different campaign, but at its heart it's Kilo squad, and Lancers and taking cover - it's a Gears game."

Whether People Can Fly would be up for future Gears development duties remains to be seen - creative director Adrian Chmielarz has said he'd like to design a Skyrim-style open world game. The studio's other contributions to Judgment include making it so hard they had to upgrade the controls.

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