Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently shared some pictures on his Twitter account from a studio visit to Gears studio The Coalition. Spencer got an early look at Gears Tactics, which he described (opens in new tab) as rocking "faster paced and deep turn-based gameplay". The studio also booted up what appears to be a new-and-improved version of Gears 5 for him.
Checking out some @GearsofWar "enhancements" with @MikeJRayner and team. Looks better than Gears has ever looked. pic.twitter.com/UimDDHO4IeMarch 4, 2020
Spencer says this version of Gears 5 "looks better than Gears has ever looked." Spencer stops short of directly saying that these enhancements are for an upgraded version of Gears 5 for Xbox Series X, but since it already looks pretty darn good on Xbox One X, that's the option that makes the most sense.
In previous generations, talking about an enhanced next-gen version of a current-gen game would mean you could look forward to buying a new, remastered copy of the game. However, Microsoft has confirmed that if you buy Halo: Infinite for Xbox One you'll also be able to play it on Xbox Series X with Smart Delivery (opens in new tab), and it's a safe bet that this extra-pretty version of Gears 5 will work in a similar way.
I'm not sure if you'll technically be able to buy an Xbox Series X version of Gears 5 if you don't already own a copy or if you're still buying an Xbox One game with enhancements, but whatever. It all works out the same anyway.
Hopefully playing through Gears 5 on Xbox Series X will tide you over while we wait for any more news about Gears 6. Neither Microsoft nor The Coalition have officially talked about the next game in the series yet, though the art director of Gears 5 has admitted that he wants to get a little bit of The Handmaid's Tale aesthetic going for Gears 6 (opens in new tab).
See what else is on the way with our guide to upcoming Xbox Series X games (opens in new tab).