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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Joshua Ortega hints at GEARS OF WAR prequel (and teases about single-player DLC)

All kinds of good stuff coming out of New York Comic-Con tonight for Gears of War fans. Joshua Ortega, the writer of Gears of War 2, heavily suggested that a PREQUEL to the original game is in the works: one that would deal with the events of E-Day. That was the day, 14 years before the first game takes place, when the Locust Horde burst out of the underworld and began their genocidal war against the humans of Sera. So that's potentially ten years worth of story that players might be able to experience and fight through. And if we're able to play as Marcus Fenix then I guess that could mean his tale as a COG soldier right up to the day he chose to abandon his post and try to rescue his father: the action that ultimately sent Marcus to prison.
"You will not be disappointed in the next ten years," Ortega said. "It's a ten-year plan. Gears is long-term. The lancer is the new lightsaber."
If you played through Gears of War 2 then you know there's all kinds of dangling threads waiting to be exploited. If Epic Games plays their cards right, they could wind up with the video game equivalent of Lost in terms of high-brow storytelling.

Ortega was also asked about single-player centric downloadable content for Gears of War 2. "Keep watching," Ortega said. "You won't be disappointed." Which as one who is primarily a single player, makes me happy :-)


Anonymous said...

This is excellent news! And I would like to see dlc based on the Pendulum Wars like the GOW:Aspho Fields novel.

Chris Knight said...

The Pendulum Wars should rate an entire game disc. But the battle of Aspho Fields would make for some cool DLC add-on for Gears of War 2. I want to be able to play as Marcus with one of the pre-Emergence Day style of Lancer (regular blade instead of a chainsaw bayonet). THAT would definitely change some established tactics! :-)