‘Extra Lives’ Writer to Pen Script for Gears of War: Judgment

The next title in the Gears of War series is getting a new writing team, one-half of which will be made up by a man who has studied video games.

Tom Bissell is a journalist and the author of Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, a book that takes readers on a “tour of the art and meaning of video games,” according to its description on Amazon. Bissell has become something of an authority because of the book, and praised Gears of War’s setting within it. He’ll be teaming with Rob Auten to write the Gears of War: Judgment script.

Auten previously worked as a consultant for Twentieth Century Fox and has worked on several game titles, including a pair of games in the Aliens universe.

Not returning to the Gears of War franchise is Karen Traviss, the writer responsible for Gears of War 3 and for six novels in the Gears universe (she has also written in the Halo universe and has penned a number of Star Wars novels). Notably, Dead Space 2 Story Producer Chuck Beaver called Gears of War’s story “the worst writing in games” earlier this year, and even Director Cliff Bleszinski has said the series strayed away from Epic Games’ original vision.

Via Gameranx.

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