One of several Gears of War-centered announcements made at the Microsoft E3 2018 show was Gears Tactics, an XCOM-style game set in the Gears of War universe.

Players will be creating an entirely new squad in a time period set before the core Gears franchise. As with most games set in this universe, players will be able to fight all kinds of enemies including absolutely massive bosses. Developed in concert with Splash Damage, the game will feature character-driven storytelling, customizable weapons & squads, and many of the other hallmarks from our favorite Locust-busting warriors.

If you missed the live presentation, you can have a look at the trailer we saw during the E3 presentation to see just how the Gears Tactics gameplay will look:

It certainly looks interesting, but the footage shown at E3 2018 was from the Pre-Alpha so we’re probably going to be waiting a while before we see something of greater substance in terms of extended gameplay or deeper game mechanics. Use of cover and moving with squads was pretty important in the Gears of War games, so I think that this series actually fits pretty well into this particular space of strategy gaming. It will remain to be seen if it can maintain the same fast pace and brutally intense action while also maintaining a similar level of strategic complexity as we would see in games like XCOMSWAT, or Jagged Alliance.

Gears Tactics will be a Windows 10 Exclusive.

If you want to know more about this and other announcements happening at E3 then be sure to check out our E3 2018 Coverage Hub.

What do you think of Gears Tactics? Do you think this is a good fit for the Gears franchise? What do you hope to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below!


Robert N. Adams

Senior Writer

I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!