With the announcement of Black Tusk Studios acquiring the rights to develop new Gears of War games, it was all but inevitable that some sort of confirmation of a new game would follow shortly. While not technically an announcement of a new game, not much screams louder about the existence of a new game than job openings. Microsoft Vancouver recently announced these job openings specifically for "Gears of War work."
Senior level designers, lead writers, concept artists... these all jump right off the page almost daring us to get excited about a new game announcement. One thing we can determine though, is if they are looking for these top level players in the field, the game isn't close to being started yet. Hope for even a 2015 launch is slim.