Gears of War could be getting the Master Chief Collection treatment

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Another Xbox franchise will get a collection package similar to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, it's been claimed.

The new rumor comes from Nick Baker, host of the Xbox Era podcast, who says that "there is another Microsoft franchise [...] that will be getting [...] the Master Chief Collection treatment." While Baker says he wasn't allowed to reveal which franchise it was, The Verge's Tom Warren tweeted that "the gears are really turning on this rumor," fueling speculation that the collection will be attached to the Gears of War franchise.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundled together all existing (at the time) mainline Halo games for one package on PC and Xbox consoles, eventually introducing spin-off games like Halo Reach to the fold through updates, as well as putting on its own multiplayer offerings.

The possibility of another Xbox-owned franchise receiving the same treatment really does have the rumor mill churning. Gears of War is the immediately obvious possibility (as Warren alludes to above), with five mainline games and two spin-off titles in Judgment and Gears Tactics, although the latter launched just relatively recently for Xbox consoles and PC. Other responses on social media suggested that Baker could be referring to Fable. 

Either way, we won't see the collection for a little while. While Baker isn't entirely sure of the timeline, he says he expects to see the project arrive some time next year.

For a full list of all the confirmed exclusives for Xbox's new-gen consoles, head over to our full upcoming Xbox Series X games guide for more.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.