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Talking about the troubles of prequels and triple-A game writing with the writers of Gears of War: Judgment.

Gears of War: Judgment, and Chaos - An Interview with Rob Auten and Tom Bissell

The upcoming Gears of War: Judgment will introduce some narative twists to the big-selling action game franchise. To begin with, in a series first, Marcus Fenix will not be the story's protagonist; that honor goes to perennial "also there" Baird. Additionally, the main story will be told in a less linear fashion, utilizing flashbacks and other writerly tricks. The story itself is actually a prequel to the events depicted in the first three Gears titles, taking place just 30 days from the "Emergence Day" that defined the Gears universe. I recently had a chance to sit with Judgment's writing team, game writing veteran Rob Auten and Extra Lives author and occasional games journalist Tom Bissell. Auten's previous credits include a stint with 20th Century Fox on the Avatar video game and A...
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