Xbox fanboys, the crisis has been averted. No other platform is going to get their grubby hands on your precious exclusive. Gears of War 2, unlike its predecessor, will not be released on the PC.

Head designer Cliff Bleszinski told IGN on Friday that "Gears of War is a great franchise first and foremost for Xbox 360, and therefore we're focusing on that platform for Gears of War 2. We've decided we're not going to do a PC version this time around. "

Of course, many of you are probably skeptical - after all, the first GoW started out as an exclusive and ended up on the PC in a year. It doesn't look like Epic was pleased with the sales on PC, though. Cliffy B told MTV Multiplayer back in February, "I think people would rather make a game that sells 4.5 million copies than a million and "Gears" is at 4.5 million right now on the 360. I think the PC is just in disarray." Weren't too pleased with the critical reception, either; in an interview with MundoRare in July, Epic Games honcho Mike Capps had this to say about reviews for the PC version (which were slightly less favorable than 360 version reviews): "What we did was take a great game, Gears of War 1 for Xbox 360, made it run at higher resolutions and added three new hours of really good gameplay and it got lower reviews. I think that's bullshit, and I don't understand it. I can't figure out what it is."

If you still insist on holding out hope for a PC port, though, go ahead. If GoW2 makes an ass-ton of money - which it will - there's always going to be the temptation for Epic to hire out some other studio to make a PC iteration. However, right now, the answer is "No."

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