Rod Fergusson announced right now that he’s leaving his job as the head of The Coalition, Microsoft’s Gears of War-focused studio, to be a part of Blizzard and oversee the Diablo franchise.
Fergusson will sign up for Blizzard sometime in March, according to his announcement tweet:
Commencing in March, I will be a part of Blizzard to oversee the Diablo franchise. Leaving is bittersweet as I adore our Gears family, the followers, and everyone at The Coalition and Xbox. Thank you, it has been an honor and a privilege to work with you all. pic.twitter.com/0FuO3RFYSQ
— Rod Fergusson (@GearsViking) February 5, 2020
Fergusson has been the facial area of the Gears of War enhancement team for many years (he even has a Gears tattoo) and has labored on the sequence because the very initially activity, which released all the way back in 2006. Back again then, the series was owned by Epic Video games, but in 2014, Microsoft acquired the rights to the franchise, opened The Coalition precisely to make Gears of War video games, and introduced in Fergusson to lead the studio. Even though Gears of War four may possibly have performed factors a very little secure, the most current video game in the series, Gears five, was incredibly perfectly-been given.
Fergusson’s accomplishment steering Gears of War could be great for Blizzard, as the Diablo franchise has taken a handful of hits about the yrs. At BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard introduced the cellular activity Diablo: Immortal, but that announcement was negatively obtained by lovers, a lot of of whom had been hoping to see a total-fledged Diablo sequel. Immortal even now has not launched, a lot more than a calendar year later. At BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard announced Diablo IV, which is a comprehensive-fledged Diablo sequel, and promised that it would return to the franchise’s “darker roots.” But it does not have a release day, possibly. And some supporters are may possibly however be smarting from the developing pains of Diablo III, even if the Blizzard inevitably righted that ship.