In an extensive Q&A with Cliff Bleszinski, Design Director for Epic, Develop revealed that the primary focus for the entire Epic organization will be the Gears of War franchise. Bleszinski said "The person who is savvy enough to upgrade their PC and buy decent video cards, are the same people who know about bit torrent and all other means to pirate PC games. So the high-end computer games are suffering on the PC." He added, "Unreal Tournament III is a game we really care about and it reviewed very well. But Gears is now our primary franchise."
The interview covers a number of other topics including what Bleszinski would like to change in the upcoming Gears 2 and how they have tried to attract casual gamers into the Gears world. The interview can be found.
Gears 2 is expected to ship in November 2008 exclusively for the Xbox 360.