Gears 5 is the third person shooter game developed by The Coalition and published by Xbox Game Studios for Microsoft Windows. It seems that The Coalition has come back with the antics of this third-person shooter franchise based on the accomplishments of Gears of War 4. The Gears of War is an exclusive offering from Microsoft and is undeniably one of the most popular games available in Xbox with the lancer and its chainsaw bayonet as distinguished as Halo’s iconic Warthog. The upcoming game, Gears 5, which awaits its release is going to include a female protagonist called Kait taking the central role while pursuing her personal mission that continues from the emotional ending of Gears of War 4.
Even though it is hard to comment whether people are waiting eagerly for the release of the game, the high sales of its predecessor that surpassed the perennial soccer sim FIFA 17, there is no doubt that Microsoft is ready to invade into the trouble between the fearful reptilian Locust Horde and humanity in Gears 5. Many people are of the opinion that the Gears of War series may have completed its course and there may not be anything new to expect in the latest thrilling game. It is true that the game is heading towards its release and it is a great opportunity to find out how it is going to shape up.
Gears of War 5 release date
The initial announcement of Gears 5 came at E3 2018, but the game is gradually moving towards completion with a release window of 2019. However, this revelation was not surprising as the Walmart listing during early 2018 leaked the game much ahead of its schedule. Although the Gears of War series was originally created by Epic Games known for Fortnite, the rights were finally handed over to the Microsoft Studios through a sweeping acquisition that took place in 2014 and the publisher passed the baton further to The Coalition from Gears of War 4.
If we follow the release of Gears of War 4, which was officially announced at E3 2015 and then dropped in October 2016, it is reasonable to assume that the Gears of War 5 may be released during fall or Christmas of 2019. There is also a possibility of beta to surface in 2019 as it happened with Gears of War 4.
The Gears 5 is up and ready for pre-order in Xbox One, which shows that the release date is not too far away. Adding to the rumors is the fact that Gears of War has been shortlisted among the highly anticipated exclusives of Xbox One and Microsoft is keen about enhancing the exposure of the game with an expensive campaign trail resulting in its release. Ideally, they should try to kick off the game as early as possible. Gears 5 is slated for release on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.
Gears of War 5 Gameplay
Even though we have got a hang of the proper gameplay footage, Gears 5 is going to display the same mechanics you have come across on Gears of War 4, the tactical, third-person game that was heavy on combat and the gameplay included backbreaking violence and bloodshed.
The predecessor, Gears of War 4, provided an opportunity to The Coalition and it knows how to react to certain situations within the game and also create the preferred and authentic Gears game. With the acclaim they have already got, the developer is ready to take more risks and rate the game as idiosyncratic, which is typical to the personality of The Coalition. During a panel at X018 event of Microsoft in November 2018, the head of The Coalition Studio, Rod Ferguson declared that their team is ready to go ahead with innovation with a few exciting changes in Gears 5 that are different, but is not going to rob the original spirit of Gears of War.
If the comments of Ferguson are to be believed, The Coalition is heading for an open experience where the movement is going to be restricted to the buildings, factories, and the ruined cities of the past entries. Accordingly, the environment and location of Gears 5 can be expected to be vibrant enough. As Ferguson speaks of ‘dramatic contrast’ in locations ‘going from very small and cramped spaces to large open spaces’, it reveals the enormity of the game. To make the experience more realistic, Gears 5 includes a wind sail-powered skiff-snowmobile hybrid, which is capable of carving a path across the deserts and the frozen expanses as we have come across in the trailers.
The latest development of Gears 5
The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer has confirmed that the changes in the game are looking great and the development is steady. Spencer also visited the developers of the game recently in Vancouver to inquire about the progress and was far too happy with the result. Furthermore, Rod Ferguson has also created some voice-overs for Gears 5 and is simply holding on to the excitement until the release of the game and the fans are elated as well. Kait Diaz, the lead female character of the game is its central endeavor as well and we have already learnt about her in the previous season.
She is likely to be accompanied by JD and Del. The game is set 25 years after the completion of the first trilogy, in which Marcus Fenix was the main character. The game is going to feature how Kait fights with The Swarm, who is the new enemy after the Locust and wait for the story to unfold.
Story of Gears 5
In Gears 5, the players can follow the story of Kait Diaz, the protagonist returning from Gears of War 4 and undeniably the primary character of the title, and the story is going to focus on how she saves her mother. Although the game moves further from the events of the Gears of War 4 and the open-ended fight of humanity with the Locust that lives in the tunnel, the frame is still not clear for Gears of War 5 based on the information that is available. The origin of Kait is nebulous with an ominous link of the Locust to her ancestor even though she is somewhat of an outsider. Determining the past of Kait is where the story revolves and unravelling the secrets of the Locust. When viewed from the perspective of the conventional and the classic style of the game, the search of answers propel Kait further and the odds heaped against her.
On the other hand, there is the homeworld of humanity also called Sera, which is set to become completely devastated as the enemies are about to exterminate the last human being. Kait has to combat with the enemies and travel through a diverse world comprising of different landscapes such as tundras, crimson deserts, glaciers, and sunken ruins even though the trailers explore a lot of other biomes and locations to explore and all those places the fans have already witnessed in the series. According to The Coalition, it is among the most diverse of the locales of Gears 5 and the largest as well.
Besides these colossal pursuits, Kait must ensure the survival of her squad comprising a group of Ordered Government soldiers. Some of them are JD Fenix, Delmont Walker and the veteran Marcus Fenix returning to the current series from Gears 4 along with new characters including the shadowy and furtive FahzChutani.
The Gears of War 4 ended with an air of expectation and instead of eliminating the threat, the game ended with the new enemy, The Swarm, evolving from the Locust from the previous trilogy. We can expect a greater conflict between this race, and the last of the human factions on Sera with two groups, the COG and the Outsiders at odds with each other. In Gears of War 5, you can expect the conflict to continue although with a bigger aim of The Swarm and seeing the two human factions fighting against the threat.
Gears 5 news
The fanfare of E3 2018 reveals that news about Gears 5 has been stripped from the newswire. However, interesting snippets can still be reconstructed on the face even though the company is yet to reveal the deeper details. According to the announcement of Microsoft, Gears 5 is slated to run at 60 FPS in 4K Ultra HD enhanced by HDR on Xbox One X regardless of the mode and the Xbox One and Xbox One S are going to run at a standard 1080p.
Besides this, the competitive modes are probably in their stages of development although neither Microsoft nor The Coalition has confirmed any details in writing. We can assume that they are to be designed later to foster the game in the same way as it happened during the release of Gears of War 4, forming a part of Major League Gaming’s roster of titles.
The elements called co-op, online co-op, and split screen also return to Gears 5 with the cross-play feature available for PC and Xbox One players via Xbox Play Anywhere. The game is also a part of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass catalog when it hits the stores.
According to the lead of Gears 5 Rod Ferguson, Gears of War is in for a motion picture treatment for the first time in the series, thus, bringing motion and voice at the same time. The idea is to make the scenes of the game more compelling with emotions due to the voice and obtaining a genuine physical response to stressful moments and situations.
Several job listings at Splash Damage have set the rumors in motion and suggest that work for Gears 5 is underway. Incidentally, Splash Damage is the studio working on the multiplayer side of Gears of War 4 and is now on the watch for people in different positions such as storyboard artist, associate art director, cinematic lead, and cinematic artist. Although the job listings may be explicit and do not confirm whether the positions are actually for Gears 5, there are several good reasons to believe in it. However, the fans of Gears of War using Xbox One Game Pass would be happy enough to know that the future game on the franchise is going to be included on their subscription.
Gears 5 trailers
Rod Ferguson, the studio head of The Coalition and Microsoft announced the game at E3 2018, and to add to it we have come across a new trailer showing Kait Diaz, Marcus Fenix and the rest of the crew. Will the Locusts play a major role in the upcoming game? We have to watch for the story to unfold, but for the ones who are impatient, two other Gears are probably coming soon -Gears Tactics and Gears Pop. According to Xbox marketing head, Aaron Greenberg, they are probably dropping the word ‘of War’ from the title to make it cleaner although many fans refer to the game as Gears 5 anyway.
Summing it up
With several things doing the rounds about Gears 5, from the revelations of Rod Ferguson about enjoying the pressure of developing the game to the hints about the story and the gameplay, the audience must have constructed a big wish list by now including all those things they want to see in this game. The success of Gears 5 largely depends on the balancing act of the developers, The Coalition, and how well they can coordinate the drive to bring its unique vision alive while still maintaining the ethos that goes through the heart of the franchise.
For the fans of Gears 5 eSports, it may be interesting to see how it fits into the scenario and the landscape of the third-person shooter game or whether it can reach or surpass the level of the predecessors. With the game slated to release within this year, looking at some of its features and envisaging the gameplay is only going to boost the interest of the gamers. Until the actual release of Gears 5, you have to wait for the best to come.