Cliff had left Epic a few years prior to this, so even if true isn’t really relevant. It also wasn’t really a narrative, just a repeat of a public explanation Epic made as to why they didn’t want to continue development.
Cliffy despised the Gnasher gameplay. He wanted Lancer play. I played Cliff in Gears 2 on Hail. His Lancer play wasnt very great against Gnashers so he quit out mid-match. Pathetic…
Also, Cliffy has gone on record stating he wanted a Counter-Strike type of weapon system. If you’re unfamiliar with what that means look no further than Arcade mode. No pick up weapons —you buy them with in game currency. No thank you.
Epic could’ve built off gears 1 properly.
Their mechanics and weapon balance were just as bad, if not worse.
But, they released maps for their game. Credit where credit is due. The sheer incompetence coming from MS/TC with regards to lack of content on gears 5 is mind boggling.
Epic made Judgement.
Epic ended Gears 3 support quickly.
Epic left gears and sold the franchise.
Not the biggest fan of Epic
Say what you want, but TC DOES listen to the community, and continuous to improve the game years out. Gears 4 was very good and fun 3 years out compared at launch. All changes were at the request of the community and through community feedback.
They know what needs to be improved in Gears 5. It just takes time and money. Hopefully they move to a paid DLC model. I would pay for campaign DLC that includes unique character skins and weapon skins if it is also used to subsidize free maps for all a year out.