If you're a fan of the Gears of War franchise, then you'll love this next bit of news. The Coalition, the Canadian-based first-party Microsoft studio behind the popular third-person shooter, is now fully focused on the development of Gears 6.
Giant Bomb's Jeff Grubb reported the news during his Game Mess Mornings Twitch show, revealing that The Coalition had canceled two games they were previously working on.
They have cancelled that smaller project, as well as another project, so there have been two games cancelled there.
This was all reflected in the layoffs that happened at Microsoft, which did hit The Coalition a little bit. The studio is now going to move on fully to Gears 6. I say now, it has likely moved on to Gears 6 in full over the course of the last year, but definitely, that will be their next game.
In 2021, The Coalition announced that it was working on "multiple new projects" in the future, saying:
As we look to future games, we’re excited to start shifting our resources to next-gen development using Unreal Engine 5. Gears of War has always been at the front of Unreal Engine development – as a breakout 720p title for Xbox 360 through last year’s 120FPS multiplayer update for Xbox Series X/S – and we’re excited to continue that tradition by developing on UE5 for multiple new projects in the coming years.
However, it appears that the unannounced titles will not be published. However, recent reports from an inside source claim that the Gears of War Remastered Collection is still in the works.
As we wait for the release of the next Gears project, fans can look forward to the upcoming Netflix live-action feature film adaptation. Though details on the project are still under wraps, the game's designer, Cliff Bleszinski, has expressed his desire to have Dave Bautista star in the film.