One report indicated there would be three different Gears of War titles unveiled at the Xbox E3 2018 showcase, and this proved true. Along with a Funko Vinyl Pop inspired mobile game and a PC-only turn-based strategy game called Gears of War: Tactics, there is another core experience coming in 2019. And Gears of War 5 looks to be one of the more character-focused and intense titles in the series, at least, that's what the dev teams at The Coalition are emphasizing.
And that's super important since both Halo 5: Guardians and Gears of War 4 didn't have the lasting appeal of the previous entries in each series, both games having moved on from their original developers becoming Microsoft-owned properties built with Microsoft-owned studios. They were, in relative terms, rather forgettable. But these Gears of War 5 trailers certainly are not.
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To present the game, Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson took to the stage and promised that Gears 5 (they're calling this one "Gears 5" apparently) is the biggest game in the series, and one that features new enemies, totally new environments, and some weapons too.
JD Fenix is back with a new look, along with his legendary father Marcus. Joining them are Kait Diaz and Delmont Walker and many other COGs.
The world is crumbling. Humanity’s reliance on technology has become their downfall and enemies are uniting to wipe out all survivors. As Kait you must journey across the biggest, most beautiful Gears world to uncover the origins of the Locust, and fight with your squad to protect what’s left.
Gears 5 will of course support online-co-op and local splitscreen for two players. Likes Gears 4, Gears 5 is a Play Anywhere title that supports cross-play between Xbox One and PC. There are "Additional features, co-op and competitive modes still to be announced," but expect a new take on Horde mode and competitive play at the very least. How they handle the loot box microtransactions and broken bounty systems (if that even returns) is something we're curious about. For now, we're totally sold on the story bits alone as the characters seem to be the focus and we love that.
Explore Sera. Skim across glaciers, sail over deserts and descend into sunken ruins to discover the largest and most diverse Gears world ever created.
Microsoft promises that every mode can be played in 4K Ultra HD resolution with HDR at a 60 frames per second.
Gears 5 releases for Xbox One and PC in 2019.