Gears Tactics: Everything we know so far

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At the Game Awards 2019, Xbox showed off more of Gears Tactics, an upcoming turn-based tactical squad game that was first announced briefly back at E3 2018. Set long before the events of the first game, Gears Tactics tasks players with outfitting a squad and leading them into victory against a deadly, cunning Locust leader.

Gears Tactics story

Gears Tactics is set 12 years before the events of the first game, Gears of War. The story follows a squad led by Gabe Diaz. If that name sounds familiar, it should: he’s the father of Kait Diaz, star of Gears 5. Gabe’s squad is tasked with hunting down and killing Ukkon, a Locust breeding horrific monsters. You can take a look at the Game Awards 2019 trailer below.

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Gears Tactics gameplay and features

Gears Tactics is a turn-based squad game, extremely similar to titles like the XCOM series. Here’s everything we know about the gameplay so far.

  • Gears Tactics was primarily developed by Splash Damage, with support from The Coalition.
  • You can customize your squad’s armor and weapons.
  • We’re not aware of any base management like in XCOM.
  • There are no microtransactions of any kind.
  • Boss battles will provide extra layers of challenge.
  • The campaign is advertised as being 40 hours long.

Is Gears Tactics coming to Xbox?

Yes. While the Xbox version won’t be arriving at the same time as the PC version, Rod Fergusson, Head of The Coalition, has confirmed that an Xbox version is in development and will arrive at a later date. We’ll be sure to provide an update when a release date for this version of the game is announced.

When is Gears Tactics release date and preorders live?

Gears Tactics is set to release on Xbox Game Pass for PC and Steam on April 28, 2020. You can preorder right now on both platforms. As with all Xbox Game Studios titles, it’s included in Xbox Game Pass for PC.