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The New Gears Of War Will Be At E3, Black Tusk Is Now The Coalition

by Mike Futter on Jun 03, 2015 at 03:45 PM

Rod Fergusson is no longer the head of Black Tusk. Keep reading, because that surprised us, too.

In fact, Black Tusk no longer exists. The studio has rebranded itself, and it's now called The Coalition. That might not mean much to you, but this will: Gears of War will be at E3. 

Specifically, the next Gears of War will be present at the show in a week and a half. Here's the full message from Fergusson, with a recorded message to follow:

Hi everyone - I'm Rod Fergusson, former studio head of Black Tusk Studios.

It’s not what you think.

Beginning today, the Vancouver-based Xbox team working on the Gears of War franchise will be known as The Coalition. What's in a name? In short, The Coalition speaks to who we are as a team, and what it is we're working on.

A coalition is a team of diverse individuals working together for a common purpose, a concept that we feel describes our studio quite well.

Fans will also recognize the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) from Gears of War lore.

When people hear 343 Industries, they associate it with Halo; when they hear Turn 10 Studios, they know that’s who makes Forza. Moving forward, when you hear The Coalition, we want you to think of Gears of War.

To see our new logo in motion, and to learn more about The Coalition, watch a special edition Rodcast [below].

Speaking of Gears of War, we're getting close to E3, where we will share more on what's next for Gears of War. Specifically, Gears fans should be sure to tune in to Xbox Daily: LIVE @ E3, on Monday June 15 at 4PM Pacific to see what we're working on.

If you've been waiting for more news about Gears of War, you're in luck. Only 12 days remain before E3 press conferences get underway.


Our Take
I was admittedly shocked when I read the first line of the email notifying us of the change. That quickly faded away to relief and excitement, as Gears of War has been a favorite franchise of mine on Xbox 360. I'm hopeful that we see more than a teaser at Microsoft's press conference on Monday, June 15.