The vociferous Mark Rein, one of the men behind the blockbuster 360 title Gears of War
, has suggested that the Gears franchise can rival Final Fantasy and even, dare he say it, Mario…
Speaking (writing if you're pedantic) on the Epic forum
, Rein said:
"Gears is a trilogy? If we can keep making quality games that fans obviously love (see announcement) then why would we have to stop at three? I don't see the Metal Gear Solid, Mario, Grand Theft Auto or Final Fantasy series (among others) stopping at three and they're still delivering compelling entertainment content that's easily worth the money (see Unreal Tournament as well). There's definitely, as many of you have pointed out, a lot more to learn about what's really happening on the plant Sera and in the lives of the members of Delta Squad.
In the mean time we're working hard to support Gears of War (the first one) and come up with some great enhancements you'll hopefully see before too long. We're not ready to provide any details yet but I assure you we're on the job."
Can a series like Gears of War be as big as Mario? You have to be sceptical; can you really see 'Gears of War Kart
' or 'Gears of War Tennis
' hitting the shelves any time soon? I think not. Either way the statement underlines the fact that this game has been a massive success for both the 360 and the developers. Whether that will continue when the game isn't the only one on the market using the sparkling Unreal Engine 3.0 (if you ignore RoboBlitz), only time will tell.
In other Mario related news, Kotaku
reports a story in which a person created a Mario statue made entirely of popsicle sticks glued together whilst waiting in a queue to buy a Nintendo Wii. A waste of time? I'll let you decide over in the forums