The Gears of War games proved to be very successful on the Xbox 360, and now Microsoft has geared up to make it even more so on the Xbox One.

Today, the company announced that it has acquired the rights to the franchise from Epic Games, including the rights to the first four releases in the series, as well as any upcoming titles. It will now remain exclusive to Microsoft's platforms, and Black Tusk Studios, a Vancouver-based developer, will take over on development of future games.

In addition, Rod Fergusson, the executive producer and director of production behind the previous games, has been brought on board from Epic to help Black Tusk with development on any future titles. He will "play a key leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward."

It's probably only a matter of time before Marcus Fenix and the crew pops up on Xbox One – and this is certainly a step forward in that direction.