Microsoft's dedicated Gears studio The Coalition is back with the second arc of their new trilogy, Gears 5. That's right, the "of War" is out. Forget it, don't need it. With Gears of War 4 under its belt, The Coalition is doing a lot more experimenting with Gears 5. At E3 2019, we got a look at Escape, a new three-player co-op mode, hints at changes to Horde, and a September release date.
More info will roll in rapidly over the next few months, but for now, here's everything we know about Gears 5.
What is Gears 5's release date?
During Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference, Gears 5's release date was announced for September 10, 2019.
Kait is going through some stuff in the new Gears 5 E3 2019 trailer
Escape is Gears 5's new 3-player co-op mode, and here's a trailer
Gears 5 will support 3-player splitscreen on PC
Gears 5's new Escape mode will support three-player splitscreen on PC, a nice addition given that splitscreen is a feature that often gets dropped in PC versions. Gears 5 on PC will also support 4K and ultrawide resolutions, HDR, and uncapped framerates, making that 3-person splitscreen session less squished if you have the monitor to support spreading everyone out.
What is Gears 5's story all about?
From what we know about Gears 5's story, it seems like players will be splitting time between the main characters returning from Gears of War 4: JD and Marcus Fenix, Kait Diaz, and Delmont Walker. Early on in the game, Kait and Delmont diverge from JD's battalion to pursue answers relating to Kait's Locust descent. As far as we can tell, Kait is the main protagonist this time around. The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson is calling Gears 5's story mode the "biggest ever."
OK, but what am I killing this time?
Back at last year's E3, we got a good look at several of the enemy types that'll pop up in Gears 5. The Locust, of course, are making a return, including a crazy-looking Locust wearing its best Kratos cosplay. A new type of fleshy pink mass also makes an appearance in the trailer, fusing with what looks like the broken remains of a robot enemy from Gears of War 4. Thanks, I hate it.
A Gears 5 versus multiplayer tech test will be held in July
Your first chance to get hands-on with Gears 5 will be the multiplayer versus tech test kicking off July 17. No other details were given, but expect Game Pass and pre-order holders to get first dibs.
Horde mode is back, and it's got character abilities
Studio head Rod Fergusson only briefly mentioned Gears 5's horde mode during Microsoft's E3 conference. At Gamescom in August, we'll get a look at how character abilities "change the tide of the battlefield." Horde mode has traditionally been about smartly building defenses, so character-specific abilities would add a new wrinkle to things.
Will the Gears POP! characters make a cameo in Gears 5?
If they do, I hope the Locust win.