Gears Tactics' announcement came out of nowhere during E3 2018, surprising fans as it sees the series stepping away from the third-person shooter genre.
Instead, Gears Tactics aims to put its own brand of brutality in a turn-based strategy context while retaining many of the elements that make the series recognizable to so many gamers. Here's everything we know about Gears Tactics, including details about its release date, gameplay, and story.
Gears Tactics Release Date
Developed by Splash Damage and The Coalition, Gears Tactics' release date was officially revealed during The Game Awards 2019, where a new trailer for the upcoming title was premiered.
Eager players will get to snuff out more Locust on April 28, when Gears Tactics is set to launch on both PC and Xbox One.
Gears Tactics Story
Gears Tactics' story takes place 12 whole years before the events of the first Gears of War title, on the Planet Sera as cities being to fall to the Locust Threat.
It will feature a brand new squad led by Gabe Diaz tasked with hunting down Ukkon, a Locust monster maker responsible for the destruction of entire cities.
Gears Tactics Gameplay
As far as gameplay goes, Gears of War does seem to share certain similarities with XCOM. Each squad member comes equipped with their own customizable weapons and abilities, while cover plays a rather important role. Large bosses will also be part of the equation.
Of course, cover and giant bosses were very much present in the original Gears of War, so one could argue that Tactics is staying true to what made the series great. To that effect, there's even a portion when the camera zooms closer to one of the squad members allowing players to target enemies using their mouse.
Where can you buy Gears Tactics and how much does it cost?
Gears Tactics is currently available on both Steam and the Microsoft Store, from where it can be pre-purchased.
Players opting for the Steam version will have to pay 69,99€ or their regional equivalent, while the Microsoft Store version is cheaper, costing $59.99 + applicable taxes.