- Gears Tactics has gone gold for PC with an Xbox version set for later this year
- The Coalition pulled back the curtain on a brand-new design from acclaimed illustrator and Gears collaborator Luke Preece featuring a stylized portrait of Gabe Diaz
- Pre-order Gears Tactics or play with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) before May 4 to receive the Thrashball Cole Character Pack
Today, during Inside Xbox, The Coalition proudly announced that Gears Tactics (April 28) for the PC has officially gone gold, and we have begun down the path for the Xbox console version for release later this year. To celebrate, we’re sharing a deeper dive into the five things you need to know about Gears Tactics, as well as new “gone gold” artwork by acclaimed artist Luke Preece featuring a stylized portrait of the game’s lead, Gabe Diaz.
A true PC-first game built for PC gamers
Gears Tactics was developed at its core as an authentic PC-first experience, a foundation that was fostered across teams at The Coalition and Splash Damage in the game’s design focus on strategic game mechanics, a technical build optimized across PCs and intricate gameplay controls for mouse and keyboard.
Further to this PC commitment, last month we announced our partnership with Intel and discussed how The Coalition worked throughout the development of Gears Tactics to optimize the game for Intel’s Xe-LP architecture. Today, we’re happy to announce that a new bundle with our partners at Intel that includes an offer for a free copy of Gears Tactics with a qualifying purchase of an Intel Core i5 processor-based device or higher.
Play as Gabriel ‘Gabe’ Diaz, Kait’s father
Set 12 years before the events of Gears of War, players will step into the shoes of Gabe Diaz as he rescues and builds a squad in a journey of leadership, survival and sacrifice. Gabe Diaz’s last name might be familiar: Gabe is the father of Kait Diaz, protagonist of Gears 5. Cities on the planet Sera are beginning to fall to the monstrous threat rising from underground – the Locust Horde. With the government in disarray, your squad of survivors emerges as humanity’s last hope.
Fight against Ukkon – a monster who makes monsters
Players will fight back against an old foe who fans will recognize from the Rise of RAAM comic in 2018 – Ukkon, a Locust geneticist who is responsible for the creation of the Locust army during the events of Gears of War. The evil genius responsible for the Brumak, Corpser and a few all-new enemies you’ll face in Gears Tactics, you’ll embark on a desperate mission to hunt down this powerful, relentless and evil mastermind.
Push back against the Locust in style with deep customization options
Featuring the deepest customization of any Gears game to date, players can express themselves, and their displeasure with the Locust with wild and crazy print, patterns and endless combinations, including a Leopard-print Lancer. Customizations apply to both weapons and armor and go even deeper with skill and class customizations for players to choose from. Everything in Gears Tactics is earnable though experience and unlockable in-game – there are no microtransactions or pay-to-win mechanics.
Classic Gears executions allow you to extend your gameplay even longer
With the trademark executions of the Gears franchise making a return in Gears Tactics, satisfying finishing moves will allow you to add more action points to your turns and let players perform even more actions to capitalize on their free movement during combat.
To celebrate that Gears Tactics has gone gold, we’re proud to unveil a brand-new design from acclaimed illustrator and Gears collaborator Luke Preece featuring a stylized portrait of hero Gabe Diaz. The Gears Tactics Gabe Diaz x Luke Preece design is available for purchase as a special-edition tee in blue and gold colorways beginning today from Amazon, Glitchgear, and Forbidden Planet. Later this week, the design will be available as a free digital wallpaper at Xbox.com. Gears Tactics arrives on Windows 10 PC, Steam and with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) on April 28. Pre-order Gears Tactics or play with Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) before May 4 to receive the Thrashball Cole Character Pack which includes Augustus Cole as a recruit and the Thrashball Armor Set, complete with rare abilities.
We know fans have been asking for more information on the Xbox version of Gears Tactics, and while we don’t have anything specific to announce today, we can say that we’re planning to release this latest entry in the Gears franchise onto console later this year.
Gears Tactics Pre-Order
Xbox Game Studios
Pre-order Gears Tactics or play Gears Tactics on Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) before May 4, 2020 and receive the Thrashball Cole Character Pack.*
* Offer available with (1) pre-orders/purchases of Gears Tactics digital game made by April 28, 2020 OR (2) play Gears Tactics with an active Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) membership by May 4, 2020. Content requires internet to download. May take up to two weeks to receive content in-game.
Gears Tactics is the fast-paced, turn-based strategy game set 12 years before the first Gears of War. Cities on the planet Sera are beginning to fall to the monstrous threat rising from underground – the Locust Horde. With the government in disarray, a squad of survivors emerge as humanity’s last hope. Play as Gabe Diaz, recruiting, equipping and commanding your squads on a desperate mission to hunt down the relentless and powerful leader of the Locust army: Ukkon, the evil mastermind who makes monsters. Against all odds and fighting for survival, outsmart your enemy in uniquely brutal, turn-based tactical combat. Experience the intensity of one of the most-acclaimed video game sagas in an exciting new way.
Immersive and character-driven story: Play as the defiant soldier Gabe Diaz, rescuing and building your troops in a journey of leadership, survival and sacrifice.
Customizable squad and equipment: Prepare your troops to face tough enemies, upgrading their skills and outfitting them with loot collected in challenging missions.
Aggressive gameplay: Command your squad in fast paced, turn-based battles, advancing and surviving intense and visceral encounters with the unstoppable, swarming enemy.
Massive boss battles: Defeat towering deadly bosses that defy your strategies and completely change the scale of the battle.