After its initial announcement things have been quiet for Gears 5. The Gears 5 release date is somewhere in 2019 and developer Coalition hasn't been saying much. That is until November's XO18 in Mexico. There, Coalition studio head Rod Ferguson shed a little light on what we can expect, and it sounds like a lot's going to change.
Speaking at the show Ferguson promised "a bunch of innovations, a bunch of changes, a bunch of things that are really exciting and different but still feel like Gears of War." The idea being that Gears of War 4 was all about the studio proving it could do "an authentic Gears of War experience". Now that's been done, Gears 5 is all about "bringing The Coalition’s personality to the game".
To find out more about what that means, read on and see what else Ferguson had to say and what else we know about Gears 5 and its imminent return.
Gears 5 release date is some time in 2019
There's still little to reveal after the initial E3 reveal, other than the game will be released in 2019. It's a broad date admittedly but Microsoft are probably playing it safe with a 12 month window to aim for rather than announcing a month that moves around as it gets closer. Don't get your hopes up for much before Christmas though; it's likely to be one of Xbox One's biggest games of 2019 which almost certainly guarantees it'll be aiming for holiday shaped window.
Gears 5 gameplay will be a "dramatic contrast" to previous games and might have a new focus on speed
For a game famous for big heavy men trundling along like boulders with legs, Gears 5's E3 reveal was a revelation in terms of speed and more immediate hand to hand combat. Okay, no one's saying this is going to be Devil May Cry 5, but the addition of things like a Locust mace to smash things certainly improves the combat situation with some serious, weighty heft, and gloriously bloody blows.
Coalition studio head Rod Ferguson is promising "a bunch of innovations, a bunch of changes, a bunch of things that are really exciting and different but still feel like Gears of War". All talk that sounds like big changes are on the way for the usual Gears of War template.
Gears 5 trailer brings heavy emotion, a shaken-up dynamic, and stunning environments
I'm not going to spoil anything here, just watch it. It's bloody great.
Gears 5 story is all about Kait this time
"When we looked at the story for Gears 5, we were sort of delving into Kait’s past and her history, her family ties to the locusts, we felt like that’s a better story to not just witness but tell from her perspective," explains Coalition studio head Rod Ferguson.
In practice what we've seen so far suggests things seem to have moved on a fair bit from Gears 4. The team dynamic seems rather fractured, with JD becoming colder, having settled in to a militaristic leader role, while the team struggles to maintain its friendship under continued adversity.
Following a bereavement, Kait reveals that she's been having dreams guiding her, in some way related to the Locust necklace belonging to her grandmother. Marcus and Del want to help Kait, JD doesn't, and so the former three set off north, on an odyssey for answers leading them “back to where it all began”.
It's a continuation on from Gear of War 4's story which Ferguson a-likens to Mad Max: "when we went back and we looked at what the story of Gears of War 4 was, like with Mad Max Fury Road, that movie is really about Furiosa’s story and Mad Max is helping her complete her story, and Gears of War 4’s story is really Kait trying to save her mom and JD Fenix is helping her." As Gears 5 took shape Ferguson says "we realised Gears 5 is Kait’s story again, so let’s play it from her perspective."