Rumour: Gears 6 Development Has 'Begun In Full' Within The Last Year

Update: Jeff Grubb has since revealed more about what he knows regarding The Coalition's upcoming plans. In a discussion during Thursday's Game Mess Mornings show at Giant Bomb, Grubb stated that all projects aside from Gears 6 have been scrapped. There were apparently two others in the works (thanks VGC).

Original story: Rumours about some sort of 'Marcus Fenix Collection' have been doing the rounds plenty lately, but what about 'Gears 6'? The Coalition's next mainline Gears of War game seems more of a formality at this point — i.e. it's very likely to be in the works — and a new claim from journalist Jeff Grubb paints a slightly clearer picture on that formality, if it's to be believed.

In a reply to a Twitter thread, Grubb spoke about what he's heard lately about Vancouver-based Xbox studio The Coalition. For Gears 6, it's said that development has been fully underway for "the last year or so".

Although Gears 5 launched way back in 2019, it's unlikely that full development on a sequel began immediately afterwards. The game saw substantial support for a good year or two, while the dev team also worked in tandem with Epic Games on 2021's Matrix Awakens demo.

Furthermore, last April The Coalition opted to close down Gears 5's map building feature to "focus on future projects", so the timing surrounding this new rumour sounds about right.

Still, it is just a rumour right now and until we see an official announcement on Gears 6, it's probably best to assume that it's a ways off yet. Furthermore, Grubb has suggested that The Coalition might be working on another project right now which we'd likely see earlier than Gears 6, so if that's the case, we'll keep our eyes peeled for that one.

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