It's looking like development on the next Gears of War game is ramping up, at least according to a new job listing over at Microsoft's Careers portal. The post, which is advertising for a Lead Mission Designer, talks about the future of the series and how the applicant will be working closely with the 'Campaign Director' on the next game in the franchise.
Lead Mission Designer – Gears of War – The Coalition
"The Coalition is seeking an inspiring, highly motivated Mission Design Lead with a proven track record of delivering highly engaging, high-quality campaign experiences in games. In this position you will work with the Campaign Director and the Level Design Team to design the campaign experience, its pacing, its rewards, and the features that surround it."
This isn't wholly surprising — the studio is literally named after the game's friendly faction — but still, we weren't totally sure on what was next for The Coalition after Gears 5. There've been rumours that the Canadian team is working on a different IP to Gears, and Xbox's Aaron Greenberg mentioned earlier this year that the studio was focusing on several unannounced projects.
Regardless of what else is on the cards, it's looking like 'Gears 6' will certainly be a thing in some fashion. Recently, the developer all-but ended support for Gears 5 when it pulled the game's 'map builder' feature, giving out some handy achievements in the process. Back then, the reason for removing the mode was to "focus on future projects".
Do you want Gears 6 next? Or would you rather TC worked on another IP first? Let us know in the comments!
I should hope so gears 5 was great but the ending felt rushed
Cool. Hopefully it'll be out by 2024 at the lastest.
I remember when there were only supposed to be 3 of these games.
It was always going to be developed if it hasn't already started in some capacity. That doesn't mean that they haven't been working on potentially new IP's, new ideas, exploring and getting up to speed with UE5 etc.
It just depends on which 'project(s)' get taken on to full development, maybe some 'ideas' get incorporated into other projects, but point is, it was always obvious that another Gears would come along - just like 343 will make another Halo or Turn 10 another Forza.
Some team members may create a 'small' team game - like Obsidian have based on some idea or experimentation that is worth expanding. Maybe even a big budget and team making a new IP from those ideas/experiments that maybe won't fit their Gears franchise...
Cant wait for Gears 34
I’m not sure how I feel about Gears anymore. I loved 1-3 and the whole macho bromance vibe, which actually had a decent story tagged on too. The Marcus and Dom stuff is some of the most memorable in gaming.
4 was alright, I quite enjoyed it but the story was weak and that continued into 5. Again with 5, gameplay was fun but the story wasn’t great, and that weird out of nowhere choice you are forced to make near the end was just bizarre. It didn’t leave me aching to find out where 6 goes, I don’t care about this new cast of characters.
@Gamer83 I’m thinking the same. Fall 2024 is what I’m calling now. The only thing that would change this is if the Coalition pushes out another project before this.
My favorite Xbox franchise, hopefully Gears Tactics will get some sequels too.
sorry but Gears 4 came out October 2016 and Gears 5 came out about 3 years later sept 2019. I was expecting 3 years after that they were well into development pf Gears 6 by now and was expecting it to be out in the next year or so.
@Somebody Gears Tactics was so good.
I played all the games in release order and the only one that disappointed me because of the story and script is 5. However, the DLC is fun. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all brilliant games. Judgement, developed by another studio, is just okay. They tried to make a modern an edgy female character (Kait) but it was a disaster and thus 5 is the worst but the graphics are awesome, especially Hivebusters.
@Banjo- yeah, Kait really isn’t an interesting character. The whole over arching story about her mum I just find ridiculous, like I said previous, I don’t find any of the new cast particularly interesting. The only character I thought they could have made interesting in 5 was Marcus’s son, because he’s apparently a bit of a douche now, but overall the story in 5 was very poor and not helped by the open world design either. It led to there being no urgency about anything you’re doing for most of the game.
Hivebusters was good, I enjoyed that. Felt more Gears than 5. It also looks great, I say to anyone wanting to see the potential in the Series X, play Hivebusters.
@Fenbops Some people are trying to do things that are not stereotypes but, sometimes, the result is a complete disaster. I noticed this in the highly inconsistent Lara Croft of the new trilogy but Kait is much worse. It's a pity because these games are technically very impressive but they try hard to be different and, in the process, ruin things that are more important, such as gameplay, characters, script, etc.
There is some potential in the father and son interactions and I love that kind of stuff, same as the brotherhood of the older games. Gears 5 left me wanting more of the good stuff. They can always fix the characters and story for the next game but if they get rid of Kait I wouldn't care. She is rude and the rest of characters barely talk to avoid trouble. The magic of Gear was lost because of her.
The "open world" didn't work either. I found all the map spots and still felt like it was not good enough. Some games benefit from that, here it makes little sense. The whole game feels like a spin-off but Hivebusters was more focused and more enjoyable.
Hivebuster is one of the best things to watch running on Series X. 5 was not bad visually but Hivebusters looks better and, unlike 5, doesn't have any slowdowns.
@Fenbops pretty much right there with you. Gears earned Xbox that “Bro shooter” console title; but the first trilogy was much more than that on account of it having a really solid story. I loved it.
4 was a bit of a step down for me (robots ugh). I felt 5 stepped the story back up a bit and the ending was interesting but yea not near the level of 1-3 which as you say were memorable. Tactics was very good; and I still need to go through Hivebusters.
But the quality of 1-3 basically means I will always follow this series.
Also I don’t play many online shooters but Gears online, especially Wingman (which is amazing - 2v2v2v2v2 in Gears 2) is 👌👌
@Banjo- I hope 6 drops the open world. It was unnecessary and ruins replayability for me.
@K1LLEGAL Yep, what's the point? They had to limit graphics because of something that doesn't improve the gameplay. The snow and sand variants are clever but it felt as boring as traversing the desert in the also empty Breath of the Wild. The older Gears games are tight and are some of the most enjoyable shooters I've played!
@Banjo- Yea I can still picture in my head the layout and design of a lot of the areas in Gears 1, and what is happening story-wise at the time. The atmosphere when you meet Baird for the first time, and Cole. Insanely good. Open world just makes everything less memorable (some do it very well, i’m not against it, just not suitable for Gears).
@K1LLEGAL Yep, some games benefit from open or semi-open worlds but others don't. For example, going from a semi-open world in Ocarina of Time or Twilight Princess to a huge empty world in Breath of the Wild was an epic fail, in my opinion. The Wind Waker with an empty sea and tiny islands was even worse. Sorry for the Zelda examples 😅.
@Banjo- @K1LLEGAL The open world just didn’t work. I get it, for some reason every game needs an open world now, at least little hub worlds like Gears 5 had so they went in the popular direction.
But it’s Gears! The best thing about it has always been on the rails, set piece after set piece, with the occasional little bit of downtime for story and characterisation. The open world took that away, it was fun drifting around on the ski mobile but it was also empty and lifeless. It also meant there was no rush to get anywhere, you could take your time exploring, which took away any urgency the games had of the mission you are on. That was never the case with the original 3.
Please be next gen only. Cannot wait for this. I like gears 4 and for me it was one of the best value games ever sold in history, as you got all the other Gears for the price too! They are all permanently installed on my Xbox. May have to blast through Gears 3 again soon.
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