Del Rey Books is teaming with Epic Games to produce a trilogy of novels based on the popular Gears of War videogames.
The first book in the trilogy, Gears of War: The Battle of Aspho Fields, will be written by Karen Traviss, whose previous credits include the Star Wars Republic Commando novels as well as her own Wess'Har series of books. As the last human stronghold on Sera readies itself for a renewed Locust assault, will ghosts from the past and a terrible secret shatter the powerful friendship between Marcus Fenix and Dominic Santiago?
"After finishing the first Gears of War game, players were left wanting to know more about Delta Squad and the events leading up to Emergence Day," said Michael Capps, president of Epic Games. "This trilogy of novels opens up whole new worlds of storytelling opportunities, and will add even more context to the upcoming comic book series, game sequel and motion picture. We loved Karen Traviss' work on the Republic Commando series, and we can't wait to get her Gears book to our fans."
"Playing Gears of War is a kick-ass experienced," added Del Rey editor Keith Clayton. "And the Gears of War books should remain true to the spirit of the game. I'm happy to announce that the marriage of Karen Traviss and chainsaw bayonets is a match made in Heaven - or Hell, if you happen to be a Locust drone."
Following hot on the heels of Gears of War: The Battle of Aspho Fields will be Gears of War 2, the sequel to one of the most popular games of 2006, set to launch on November 7 exclusively for the Xbox 360.