Epic still has to figure out what direction it needs to take the series though.
Epic Game's design director, Cliff Bleszinski, says that if Gears of War 3 sells well, continuing the series is a no-brainer. He said that the folks at Epic were business people, and that giving the public more of what they wanted was "business 101."
Of course, with Gears 3 ending the current trilogy, a fourth game won't be quite as simple as just continuing the story of Marcus, Dom, and friends. Bleszinski said that Epic had to figure out what direction to take the series next. He suggested that a prequel might be possible, comparing it to Peter Jackson working on The Hobbit after The Lord of the Rings movies. "The key is figuring out what's appropriate," he explained. "What makes sense for this connected world that we're moving into? So, that remains to be seen. That's the million dollar question."
"Gears 1 and 2 sold about 6 million copies, so if this game comes out and, God willing, sells 8 or 10 million, it would be completely dumb to not do another one, right?" he added.
Of course, Gears of War 4, if it appears, won't be the first time that Epic has told other stories in that universe; the franchise also includes books and comics which either focus on the earlier exploits of the game's characters or feature new characters entirely. Personally, I'm hoping for a game where a member of the ill-fated Carmine family is the hero.
Gears of War 3 comes out for Xbox 360 on September 20th.