I hope Epic can do for Microsoft in the U.S. what Square has done for Sony is Japan. I'm a 360 fanboy, I admit it. I want MS to succeed with the 360. The innovations with XBOX Live, the perfect controller, and the strong games line-up, has me wanting MS to succeed with this machine. And, I see what Square, Namco, Konami, and other Japanese companies are doing in Japan. They're purposefully not developing for the 360 because they want to see their homegrown company (sony) stay on top. I think Epic should continue to work with MS, and develop more original IP's and Gears of war sequels. I also think Epic's power in the industry rivals square's.
They may not have a FF type of game on their hands yet, but they have a lot of companies using their tools. GOW may be their Final Fantasy, their Halo...whatever you want to call it. Trust me, Gears is a lock to sell like hot cakes. And, I think they need MS and vice-versa. Gears of war will be the biggest game in terms of sales that this company has ever had. I would really enjoy it if they pulled a Konami and kept GOW exclusive to the 360 forever, and the 360 stays as their preferred development environment. Maybe not a true first party role, but very close. I think if they form a tight relationsihp heading into the future, they can ensure that MS wins....the question is, do they want them to?