Whatever it takes to keep Epic from making another sequel like Judgement. No, seriously that game was terrible. Here's what Xbox Wire was told:
Today we're excited to announce that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games, including rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. In addition, we are excited to announce that Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, BC will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise and that Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward. We had a chance to chat with Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios, Hanno Lemke, General Manager of Black Tusk Studios at Microsoft Studios, and Rod Fergusson about the big news.
I'm a fan of the series and it's really one of the factors that I weighed when it came time to buy an Xbox One over a PS4. So good on ya' Microsoft. Now just don't fuck it up "Black Tusk".