A new executive will be overseeing development for “Gears of War” and other projects at Epic Games – but he’s hardly new to the multi-million copy selling franchise.

Chris Wynn replaces the departing Rod Fergusson, who disclosed his departure Thursday to join Irrational Games in Boston.

“Chris Wynn, formerly of Microsoft, has worked on the Gears series for years,” Epic’s Dana Cowley told WRAL news via e-mail.

In a Twitter post, Wynn shared the news with his follows.

“Excited to announce that I started my new job today…as a Sr. Producer @epicgames!,” he tweeted.

“Great people and awesome projects!”

Microsoft is Epic’s publisher for Gears.

The Skinny asked Cowley for reaction to Fergusson’s departure, and Cowley pointed to a post at a Gears forum run by Epic.

“Rod Fergusson is moving on from the studio to pursue a new opportunity at Irrational Games,” Epic said. “Rod has lent his creativity and skill to multiple games, especially the ‘Gears of War’ series, and we thank him for his years of service to the company.

“While we’re sad to see Rod go, we’re happy for the BioShock team, and we know he will do great things at Irrational.”

Numerous fans reacted to Fergusson’s departure with words of praise for him.

“No Rod! Stay! I CAN CHANGE!” one exclaimed.

“Noooo! Rod is leaving? Best of luck to him, thanks for everything. He deserves it,” wrote one poster.

Added another: ”thanks for the many great years you have given too us and the awesome games that EPIC put out , good luck too you in your new venture.”

Epic, meanwhile, will move ahead with multiple projects, said President Dr. Michael Capps.

“Epic is fortunate enough to have a highly talented and nimble stable of developers under our roof, with plans for future products remaining intact,” Capps said.

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