Gears of War to be the next Mario?

Following revelations that Gears of War is to be a trilogy, Epic vice president Mark Rein seems to be cradling some fairly far-fetched ambitions for the franchise, claiming it could go on for as long as Mario, Final Fantasy or Metal Gear Solid. Here’s an excerpt from Eurogamer’s post on the topic:

“Gears is a trilogy? If we can keep making quality games that fans obviously want then why would we have to stop at three,” Epic’s vice president mused on the company forum.

“I don’t see the Metal Gear Solid, Mario, Grand Theft Auto or Final Fantasy series (among others) stopping at three and they’re still delivering compelling entertainment content that’s easily worth the money (see Unreal Tournament as well).

“There’s definitely, as many of you have pointed out, a lot more to learn about what’s really happening on the planet Sera and in the lives of the members of Delta Squad,” he added.

Ummm … dunno if you’ve noticed, Mark, but most of the Final Fantasy games aren’t related. Mario doesn’t really have a single, cohesive storyline, so Nintendo can afford to keep milking the franchise with party games. And as for Metal Gear, I’m not sure people are going to be keen on any more of those after MGS4.

Personally, I don’t think any story should require more than three games to tell it. I mean, look at the Hitman series … after Silent Assassin, there wasn’t really much about the franchise that blew me away. What do you guys think?

Ishaan