Gears of War 5: The last time we were updated about the situation on Sera was not too long ago. Gears of War 4, the fourth main instalment and the fifth overall instalment i.e. the Gears of War 5 in the acclaimed Gears series, was released in October 2016. And here we are already contemplating about what the future holds for the franchise. While Gears of War 4 was well received by most camps, it did not quite live up to fans’ expectations. Not that the new game failed to deliver a great playing experience, but it kind of stuck to most of the basics of the previous Gears of War games.
Gears of War 4 was developed by The Coalition, a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios after the publishers acquired the rights to the franchise from the original developers Epic Games. A lot was expected from this change of hands, and the game did not disappoint on most counts. But perhaps we wanted a different perspective, or a different story altogether so that the new game would not feel too repetitive in how it would play out. On that count, Gears of War 4 was just another Gears of War game. We understand that the new game needed to stick to the aesthetics established by the original devs in order to be faithful to fans. But a few well thought out changes could have made Gears of War 4 a huge hit.
Thankfully, though, there is always a new game to look forward to, and that’s why we’re here to discuss all that could make Gears of War 5 a really good game.
Will there be a Gears of War 5?
We don’t know if the next Gears game will be called Gears of War 5, but we’re pretty sure that the series has not reached its conclusion with Gears of War 4. In an interview with Digital Spy, The Coalition Studio head Rod Ferguson let us in on how they are approaching the series, now that Microsoft owns the rights to it.
“One of the things that’s nice about Microsoft’s investment is that we know, unless this does horribly, we’re probably going to do another one. That’s made it easier to design moving forward. In the past, when we were doing Gears 1, Gears 2 and Gears 3, there was a lot of doubt, we didn’t know whether there would be another one, so we just had to get everything in right now. Here, we’re able to look at it, recognise a great idea that doesn’t quite fit right now, but it’ll fit in the next one.”
Judging by what he said, it sounds like the devs have plenty of ideas to cultivate for the series, and even if they all cannot be accommodated into one game, we can always look forward to the next one. So while we don’t know how long the franchise will extend, it certainly looks like Gears of War 5 is on the horizon.
Gears of War 5 Features and Gameplay
If the developers decide to keep up with the normal flow of the series, then we can expect Gears of War 5 to be set on the planet Sera. The previous game in the franchise was set some years after the Imulsion Countermeasure weapon had set off a massive impact on the planet’s resources. Not only did it seemingly eliminate the enemy, but it also wiped out most of the means of surviving for the handful of humanity that still remained. But besides the intriguing storyline, Gears of War 4 also introduced a new enemy. But while we liked the storyline, we don’t have much to say about the ones we had to fight.
One of the many things that the creators could consider for Gears of War 5 is a new setting. Going by the present condition of Sera, it would be safe to say that the planet has come pretty close to becoming uninhabitable. It would be great if Gears of War 5 focused on the survivors trying to find a new suitable planet for survival. That would, in turn, open up endless possibilities in terms of the storyline. New planets mean new enemies to fight, and by “new” we mean moving away from the general norm seen in the last games. While Gears of War 4 certainly had a lot of actions to satisfy hardcore Gears fans, we’re sure a new kind of adversaries could do a lot more than just fight and kill mindlessly. Mind control, anyone?
Not only will that bring a totally different turn in terms of the story, there could be some massive changes brought into the upcoming title’s gameplay. If the enemy we have to face in Gears of War 5 fights rough both from the outside and the inside, then we could have whole new tools and fighting mechanisms to aid us win the fight. Another possibility that the makers may want to explore is to make something of a pre-sequel with Gears of War 5 (something that Rockstar is rumoured to be doing with Red Dead Redemption 2). That could give us a whole new perspective of the beginnings of the struggle by taking us back to the fateful E-Day, before the Delta Team was formed. This would make for a compelling change, as it would open up a window of opportunity to introduce a whole new set of characters. Granted, the Delta Squad comprising of Dom, Cole, Baird and Marcus are an integral part of the story, but a little change to shake things up a bit won’t harm Gears of War 5. In fact, we think if ever there is a Gears 6, we would be more than happy to welcome them back. For now, though, a break won’t be a bad idea.
But to end our flight of fantasy about Gears of War 5, we don’t actually expect Microsoft to implement such radical changes to the game’s backbone. But we can certainly ask for some tweaks in the gameplay mechanics and weapons. Surely, it was time we saw some new heavy duty elements make an appearance alongside the classics.
Gears of War 5 Trailer
The fact that we only saw Gears of War 4 hit the market in October makes us assume that it will be some time before we see a trailer for the next game. We hope to hear an announcement about Gears of War 5 by 2017, so perhaps we’ll have a trailer ready for you then.
Gears of War 5 Release Date
If Microsoft really wants to do Gears of War 5, we don’t think they will delay its development unnecessarily. The post-release content handling for Gears 4 could take a few more months before the company can actually really begin their work on Gears of War 5. If development begins sometime in 2017, there’s a pretty solid chance of us seeing the game by 2020. Coming to the question of platforms, until recently, the Gears series has always been an Xbox exclusive. But after Gears 4 released on the Windows PC, we’re certain that Gears of War 5 will also come on both the PC and Xbox One.
In conclusion, all we can say is that whatever Microsoft decides to do with Gears of War 5, the game will be pretty big. Now that the company holds the exclusive rights to the series, perhaps they’ll take it someplace it has never been before. What are your thoughts? Let us know. And while you wait for updates about the next Gears game, you can read all about us speculating over TES 6.