The developer of hit FPS Bulletstorm, People Can Fly, could be in line to produce a new trilogy of prequel titles within the Gears of War universe according to the US Official Xbox Magazine (OXM).
"Gears of War will live on, of course, but in what form," reads the republished quote on Computer and Video Games, "a prequel trilogy developed by Epic-owned People Can Fly (Bulletstorm) as [sic] a likely scenario."
Whilst this needs to be taken with a pinch of salt - the reveal did come as part of OXM's rumour section - it makes sense that if Epic Games wanted to focus on other things whilst continuing their incredibly popular franchise, they'd choose an in-house developer to take on the challenge. Epic has owned a majority share in the company since 2007 and even helped out with the development of Bulletstorm, so the studios also have a history of working together.
It's not like the idea of a prequel is that far fetched either: they're already making one in the form of RAAMS Shadow, which includes an add-on campaign that focuses on the past of the Locust general, perhaps suggesting the direction Epic and partners would take if they did develop a full prequel series of games.
Stepping into the shoes of the bad guys is something that's been done in countless video games and it's hardly unpopular. Perhaps Epic is testing the waters with its latest downloadable content to see if players like hacking apart the Gears soldiers that act as protagonists for the current trilogy.
Neither Epic nor People Can Fly have responded to a request for comment on the rumour.