gears of war 5
DRAMA, ACTION, AND WORLD EXPLORATION IN THE LATEST GEARS
That Gears Of War 5 would be announced at E3 was never in doubt, the title having previously been leaked as a pre-order with Walmart Canada, but for a moment watching Microsoft’s E3 conference, we wondered. Cheekily announcing “the latest Gears Of War” with a trailer for Gears Pop!, our hearts sank until we realized that Gears Pop! is also a thing, and yes, we’re getting Gears 5—and what’s more it looks awesome.
So what do we know? Gears Of War 5 will feature a female lead for the first time in the form of Kait Diaz, who appeared in Gears 4. If you’ve played to the end of that game, you’ll have uncovered a plot bombshell concerning Kait’s family.
A hugely cinematic announcement trailer showcased at E3 begins with Kait mourning the loss of a loved one… and her revealing to the team that she is being troubled by dreams of the Locust. Telling Captain JD just where he can stick his COGs, Kait deserts the Gears squad to go find out the truth. Accompanied by series stalwarts Marcus and Del, she sets off north to snowier climbs to uncover the truth behind her family’s dark connection to the Locust. In fact, she has a Locust symbol medallion that was granny’s—something that would, understandably, make the rest of the squad a little uneasy.
Cue a journey through beautiful frozen forests, skimming over a glacier, sailing over deserts, and even a spot of tomb raiding, in search of those dark secrets that will hopefully end Kait’s nightmares and give her some closure. Of course, there’s still huge mutants and slimy things integrating with technology to face off against, in what looks like the kind of epic cover-based third-person battles with the Locust hordes that we’d hope for.
Microsoft took possession of the franchise from Epic, forming a new studio The Coalition headed up by series co-creator Rod Fergusson, back in 2014 and—similarly to the way the company’s acquisition of the Halo franchise led to a reinvigoration of that series—are pushing Gears Of War as a major Xbox and Windows-exclusive property. Hence the aforementioned Gears Pop! on iPhone and Android (see right) and a third Gears title, called Gears Tactics, for PC.
But back to the console. Gears Of War 4
was set 25 years after the events of Gears 3. If you recall, having used the Imulsion Countermeasure weapon to wipe out the Locust and the Lambent from the planet Sera, humanity walled off its cities against the resultant ‘windflares’, establishing martial law and so alienating a non-conformist group of ‘Outsiders’—to which Kait and her family belonged.
This latest instalment promises the biggest, most beautiful Gears world yet, as Kait and her squad battle to save the crumbling remnants of humanity from the Locust. And from what we’ve seen, this could well be the most stunning-looking game on Xbox yet, with cinematic visuals and deeply immersive combat all delivered with full 4k Ultra HD resolution and 60fps HDR. You will be able to play solo or with a friend in split-screen local co-op or online co-op, with Windows 10 cross-play ensuring you’ll always find someone to buddy up with.
The slightly sad news is we’ll have to wait until 2019 for the game, although the better news is it will be available with Game Pass on the very same day as its global release.
ABOVE Gears 5 hero Kait journeys north to Sera’s frozen wastes to find out the truth about her past.