When is the Gears of War 5 release date? Microsoft announced Gears 5 at E3 2018, so we now have the new Gears game’s trailer and all the latest story and gameplay details.
Microsoft made it official in its barnstorming E3 2018 showcase that Marcus Fenix and the rest of his burly gang are back. We can’t wait to get stuck into the reptilian humanoids that are the Locust Horde once again in The Coalition’s upcoming third-person shooter.
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We were pretty sure that Gears 5 was on its way. The Gears of War 4 ending paved the way for a sequel as it was. But then Phil Spencer hinted that it would happen in January and, well, it's one of Microsoft's largest and most important IPs. But that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited now it's been fully announced.
After the intriguing XCOM-like Gears Tactics reveal trailer in Microsoft’s E3 2018 conference, it was well worth the wait when it came to the big Gears 5 reveal. Here’s everything we know about Gears of War 5.
Gears of War 5 release date
The Gears of War 5 release date will be in 2019, as revealed in the Gears 5 announcement trailer. We’ll let you know once we know a specific date as soon as it's announced.
Gears of War 5 trailer
The first part of the Gears of War trailer focuses on the troubled Kait Diaz and her personal journey, but the second gives us a taste of the environments we’ll be visiting. From snowy glaciers to subterranean caverns and lush forests, Gears of War 5 is, unsurprisingly, very easy on the eye.
Gears of War 5 story
From what we can tell in the first Gears of War 5 trailer it seems matters aren’t going well for Kait. Haunted by visions and the death of an unseen male character, Diaz refuses to obey orders and heads out “back to where it all began” in search of answers. From this footage, it seems that Diaz will command a greater focus in Gears 5 and will be a playable character for at least part of the game.
Gears of War 5 gameplay
We have only been able to see a snippet of Gears of War 5 gameplay footage so far, but it looks like we’ll see the return of massive weapons and brutal, blood-soaked finishers. Armoured ogre-like monsters and fleshy turrets are among the enemies we’ll be facing and we’ll be taking them out with massive mace-like melee weapons and machine guns.
Later in the Gears 5 trailer we can see what appears to be stealth gameplay as Kait sneaks up on robotic foes. If Gears of War 5 does have stealth gameplay it would add a nice bit of nuance to the typically loud, guns-blazing FPS approach we’re used to from the series.
Gears of War 5 is going to look and play better than ever, too. While The Coalition are aiming for 4K 60 fps on consoles for the first time, Gears of War 5's PC performance will be built with our home platform in mind. Studio head Rod Fergusson has promised that the grisly shooter is being made "from the ground up for PC" as will be adding the options and home comforts we're used to.