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Gears Of War studio boss Rod Fergusson leaves Microsoft for Blizzard


Rod Fergusson is finally leaving the Gears Of War franchise

After 15 years, former Epic Games producer Rod Fergusson is leaving the Gears Of War franchise for good, to work on Diablo 4.

It’s very unusual for any developer to work on every single entry in a franchise, especially a giant series like Gears Of War, but Rod Fergusson has done just that.

Creator Cliff Bleszinski exited the franchise with Gears Of War 3 but when original developer Epic Games sold the series to Microsoft – who set up new studio The Coalition to work on it – Rod Fergusson moved with it.

He became The Coalition studio head and worked as director on the recent Gears 5, but the upcoming release of turn-based strategy game Gears Tactics will be his last involvement with the series.

As you can see from his tweets, Fergusson will be leaving Microsoft for Blizzard, in order to head up the Diablo franchise.

That’s a surprising choice, as the closest he’s come to working on a role-playing game is mobile title Infinity Blade, but it’s certainly a good change of pace for him.

If he’s overseeing the whole of the Diablo franchise that presumably means he’ll be dealing with Diablo 4 and controversial mobile entry Diablo Immortal.

The latter is due out this year but there’s still no date for Diablo 4, although it is due on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – so it can’t be that far off.

Fergusson is a highly respected producer and has often been brought in to help complete troubled projects that have become stuck in development, everything from the Xbox version of Counter-Strike to Bioshock Infinite, so if nothing else you shouldn’t expect too many delays from Diablo 4.

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