Epic's Cliff Bleszinski, the man behind the Gears of War series, believes that RPG elements will become more prevalent in shooters going forward. In an interview with Gamasutra, he stated that Gears of War 3 will have "very light" RPG elements.
Bleszinski said: "I've gone on record before, and I said the future of shooters are RPGs, and the shooters that I've liked the most lately are ones like BioShock, which had some light RPG elements, as well as Borderlands, which I continue to gush about, not only because it's our engine of course, but because Randy's a good friend of mine, and it's the kind of game I believe in."
"Moving on from there, game developers have a way of cross-pollinating an immense amount. Gears was influenced by Resident Evil, then Resident Evil 5 was influenced by Gears. So, maybe you'll see elements from more RPGs, or Heavy Rain narrative style elements, start bleeding into the genre."
"The thing that was cool was that Mass Effect is kind of an RPG for me, with the cover-based shooting. I think there's a reason why it's been successful. Because gamers love Gears. It's like well, here's something that's like Gears, but even has more depth, and a different setting. It's Star Wars for this new generation, right? Well, and the addition of the potential for having sex in a video game is also very powerful."
There you have it, could we be in for a Lightning cameo in Gears 3? Probably not, but we can dream. Gears of War 3 is due for a March 2011 release.