The Next Gears of War Title Is In The Works: Development Announced Despite Cancellations
- Feb 02, 2023
Microsoft has recently been announced to be cutting more than 10,000 developers from its Xbox Game Studios, including teams from 343 Industries, creators of Halo Infinite, and The Coalition, the studio behind Gears 5. In a recent episode of the Game Mess Mornings, industry journalist Jeff Grubb revealed that The Coalition had to cancel two unreleased projects due to the downsizing. One of these projects was reportedly intended to help the developers become acquainted with Unreal Engine 5.
Despite this, The Coalition has continued to put effort into their upcoming Gears 6 title. A job posting has recently appeared asking for professionals with motion capture technologies, suggesting that the development of the title is already in full swing. Gears 6 will reportedly be released on both PC and XSX/S platforms within 3 years. This timeline is shorter than the wait between Gears 5 and 4.
The cancellations of projects from major developers like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts have made the news, but the development of Gears 6 seems to have gone unnoticed. This is especially noteworthy in light of the tech demo for Unreal Engine 5, The Matrix Awakens, which was released at The Game Awards 2021 and alludes to The Coalition being prepared to work with the new engine and move on to Gears 6.
Microsoft's layoffs have been a major hit to the industry and have left many developers without jobs, but it seems that the Gears series will continue despite the changes. The development of Gears 6 is sure to excite long-time fans of the series, and with any luck, it'll be out soon enough so that they can quell their excitement.