Is Gears 6 in development? You would have to imagine that The Coalition will be working on the next game in the flagship Xbox exclusive third-person shooter.
Right now The Coalition and Xbox Game Studios have yet to officially announce Gears 6, but we think it’s only a matter of time before the series makes its return.
Read on for everything we know about the next entry in the series including when it might release, how it might build on Gears 5 and all the latest news and leaks so far.
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So we got zero news about Gears 6 from Microsoft’s Xbox Bethesda Showcase.
What was interesting is that of all the games shown during the 95-minute conference, all of them were promised to release in the next 12 months.
We suspect that Gamescom in August will also be focused purely on games coming in the next few months so we doubt we’ll hear anything about Gears 6 until next year at E3.
Hopefully, we’re wrong, but we suspect that could be the case at least in an official capacity.
Microsoft was already set to hold an Xbox Games Showcase together with Bethesda on Sunday, June 12. However, they’ve now announced an Extended stream which is set to take place on June 14 and last roughly 90 minutes.
According to a blog post from Microsoft, the company will “share new trailers, take deeper looks at the news from the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase and speak with some of your favourite game creators”.
Let’s hope that includes a look at the next Gears of War game!
Fans have spotted a new job listing which could suggest that development of Gears 6 is underway at The Coaltion. The job in question is for a Motion Capture Technician who would be contributing to the Gears of War franchise. The job listing doesn’t give much away, merely stating:
“we are the official home of the Gears of War franchise, and our objective is to forge the future of the IP and push the limits of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms and devices.”
At least we know the team are busy working on the game behind the scenes.
Microsoft has announced plans to host an E3-style Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on Sunday, June 12. “This show will feature amazing titles coming from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and our partners around the world,” it said.
Could we see the new Indiana Jones Game during the event? Here’s hoping.
As noted previously, Gears 6 hasn’t been officially announced by either the developer or publisher, but we have some thoughts on when we might see Gears 6 release.
Previously the developers have normally spent between 2-3 years between each outing, and we’re now coming up on three years since the release of Gears 5 in 2019. However, it seems like we could be waiting quite a bit longer for our next entry in the series.
On May 10, 2021, The Coalition released a new blog post which outlined the studio would be switching over to Unreal Engine 5. “Shifting to a new engine is a big undertaking, so we want to be clear that we will not be announcing any new projects or titles for some time,” the studio announced.
This potentially means we could be waiting a good few more years until we see Gears 6 and if we had to estimate we would say that a new game is still a few years away. An optimistic suggestion might be the end of 2023, but it’s more likely The Coalition release Gears 6 in 2024 or 2025 if things are really
Gears 6 Plot
Although Gears 5 is a sequel to Gears of War 4 it took the unusual step of pivoting away from the game’s main character. In Gears 4 the game’s main story focussed on J.D. Fenix, the son of Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud. But Gears 5, switched the focus to Kait Diaz, who was a prominent side character from Gears 4 who accompanies J.D.
SPOILER WARNING FOR GEARS 5
As players will know from the ending of Gears 5, Kait is faced with a terrible choice between saving either JD, or Delmont “Del” Walker. Whoever she picks, the other is killed by Reyna, the swarm queen and Kait’s mother. It’s not clear which death is considered canon in the series, but we’ve no doubt that Gears 6 will likely continue the story with Kait as she hunts down her mother, the Queen of the Swarm.
Will JD be in gears 6? Hear us out, whilst we know there’s two ways The Coalition could go, we wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Marcus Fenix returns as the lead character if the team does decide to make JD’s death canon. There’s certainly something to say about igniting fan interest in the franchise by making the Marcus the lead once again as an angry aging dad hell bent on revenge.
Gears 6 Gameplay Predictions
Gears of War isn’t going to stray too far from the third-person action game and the cover shooter mechanics that have made the series famous. But lets be honest, the series needs something to make it stand apart from those previous entries.
We’d certainly be interested to see Gears lean more into the open-world, RPG mechanics introduced in Gears 5, although maybe making it a little tighter. If you think that sounds daft, just consider that Halo Infinite embraced the open-world, so why not Gears on an even bigger scale.
Based on The Coalition’s Unreal Engine 5 demo (below) there’s not a lot we can learn, but if it looks this good, then count us in for the ride.