Gears of War 5 – All we know ahead of E3 2018

By reviews / 10. June 2018
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*Warning: Expect spoilers for the plot of Gears of War 4.*

Gears of War 4 didnt end on a cliffhanger, but it did laythe foundations for Gears of War 5. The Coalition is tackling its new trilogy with a trio of great characters and some fun cameos along the way. It is also one of the most stunning games on Xbox One, and really showed of the 4K/HDR abilities of the Xbox One S and the Xbox One X.

However, were is hoping for more drastic changes in Gears of War 5. As well as our wishlist for what wed like to see, weve rounded up all the latest news and rumours. Be sure to bookmark this page as well be updating it as new information arrives ahead of Microsofts E3 2018 press conference.

Gears of War 5 release dateWhen is it coming out?

Seeing as neither The Coalition nor Microsoft has confirmed the existence of Gears 5 as yet, a release date will be some ways off. However, considering the fact the Coalition has confirmed 4 is the foundation of a new trilogy, it doesnt take a genius to realise a sequel is in the works.

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Gears of War 4Note: All images are of Gears of War 4

We wouldnt be surprised to see a teaser trailer at this E3, with a release date possibly for holiday 2018, giving two years between the games.

Gears of War 5 StoryWhats going on?

*Major spoilers for Gears 1-4 ahead*

Gears of War 4s story hit the same beats as its predecessors. We had the gang of soldiers surviving in a harsh world, the invasion, which was pretty much a new E-Day and the death of a loved, which was a close to a carbon copy of Doms wife.

Much of Gears 4 can be traced back to the original trilogy, and the setup for Gears 5 was laid clear at the climax of 4. with Kait heartbroken, she clutches her grandmothers necklace. The way the camera zooms on the garment suggests itll have some significance, perhaps its a key of some sort. Marcus has seen the hive mind of the Swarm, he knows their plans and whats to come.

We also get the post-credit sequence of Oscar Diaz fighting his way free from a Snatcher, proving that hes alive, and will hopefully return in the sequel.

Gears of War 5 gameplayWhat can we expect?

Based on all previous Gears games, we can expect the same intense and incredibly violent third-person shooter action. However, as our wishlist will address, we hope The Coalition adds some spanners into the works.

Gears of War 5What wed like to see

Take more risks

Gears of War 4 was good, but felt very familiar to the Gears games weve already seen. So much so, that in prolonged play sessions it could become repetitive andsamey’.

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With The Coalition taking over developmental duties from Epic, we hoped that wed see an evolution of the formula and some brand new innovations to gameplay that would keep series veterans on their toes.

As this was the first Gears game from the team, not colouring outside the lines can be forgiven, but for the sequel we want to see the team really make their mark. Whether that comes in the form of new mechanics, locations, character types of even controls, we dont care, as long as it feels fresh.

Genuinely new weapons and enemy types

While we were greeted to new weapons and enemy types in Gears of War 4, youd have to squint to notice any difference between them and what weve been blasting and chainsawing for the past decade. Outside of the robots, many of the enemies either looked or behaved like past foes. Once again, The Coalition needs to do something new.

While there were new weapons not all of them were very good, so the reliance on the shotgun and Lancer remained on Gears 4. In 5 wed like to see new weapons that feel genuinely useful and increased ammo pickups for the more exotic items.

Kill Marcus Fenix

The Coalition teased the prospect of killing off Marcus in Gears 4, but didnt deliver. While cameo appearances are fun and entertaining, they feel too much like a safety net and were a burden on the new trio from emerging and developing.

For this new trilogy to fully flourish and JD, Kait and Del to become as memorable as the likes of Cole Train. Unfortunately, in our mind, for this to happen Marcus has to bite the bullet.

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However, Fenix sr. should go down in the most spectacular fashion possible. Were talking the biggest explosion in the belly of largest beast. Die as the hero we never deserved, wearing the sweatiest doo-rag in the history of man.

Get rid of Horde in the campaign

Those Horde defence modes were overused in the campaign and felt cheap. Get rid and introduce new gameplay ideas that keep us invested. As soon as Marcus grabbed that Fabricator, we let out a sigh. More ideas need to be invested in the campaign, please.

Matchmaking for co-op campaign

Playing the Gears campaign in co-op has been a staple of the series since its inception, but it didnt work very well in Gears 4. Though Gears 4 had a public mode, it didnt let you start the game on your lonesome and have other players jump in. This, plus a tendnecy to ignore your difficulty and level choices made public campaign coop a fustrating experience. Players arent exactly going to full Leroy Jenkins in a game such as Gears, so having drop in/drop out co-op play would be a massive bonus for the next entry.

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