Next Gears of War Next-Gen?
Epic put four to five year wait on next instalment.
Capps was addressing an audience at this week's Tokyo Game Show in a Q&A session – attended by Eurogamer - that announced the foundation of a Japanese studio for the US developer.
Regarding the future of Epic's revered console series, Capp said "If there were a next Gears of War, that will be for the next console generation, whenever that is. If someone knows, please tell me! That's about four or five years away, I think."
He also revealed that the company has been working on Unreal Engine 4, the successor to the omnipresent Unreal Engine 3, for seven years, and that it would be fully compliant with the next generation of consoles.
Gears of War 2 was one of last year's biggest games, awarded a gushing 9.5 in our review. Given the two year gap between the first and second games, many had hoped the third instalment would come sooner.
Epic's Cliff Bleszinzki has already hinted that Gears of War 3 may include RPG elements, and we've compiled our own wishlist of what we'd like to see in the game.
UPDATE: Epic's Michael Capps has since clarified his comments, and was less certain whether the next Gears of War would be for the current generation or not. "If we ship a game in the next few years, it'll be Unreal Engine 3," he said, "If we ship a game on next [generation] consoles, it will likely be Unreal Engine 4."
Mark Rein, vice president of Epic, offered further clarification in an e-mail to IGN that stated, "That's a gross misinterpretation of what he [Michael Capps] actually said."