Gears of War Series Moving to Unreal Engine 5 for ‘Multiple New Projects’
The Gears of War series is getting ‘multiple new projects’, all of which will be developed on the upcoming Unreal Engine 5.
In a blogpost, developer The Coalition announced that it is has started “shifting our resources to next-gen development using Unreal Engine 5.” It also confirmed that this isn’t just for Gears 6, saying it will be “developing on UE5 for multiple new projects in the coming years.”
However, don’t expect an announcement for a new Gears game anytime soon; the developer makes clear that, “Shifting to a new engine is a big undertaking, so we want to be clear that we will not be announcing any new projects or titles for some time.”
Unreal Engine 5 was announced last year with a spectacular PS5 tech demo, which aims to help create games that would be deemed impossible to make with current technology, but help increase efficiency for developers. It was impressive enough that Sony invested $250 million in creator Epic Games, with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney saying, “I guess they liked it!”
As for its current projects, The Coalition made clear that Gears 5 updates Operation 7 and Operation 8 will be coming during the course of 2021. “Each Operation will have two drops including new characters, new maps, and special events, reads the post. “Through the end of the year, we will have store updates with exciting new content as well as featured playlists.”
The Gears series has a long histroy with the Unreal Engine, beginning life at the engine’s creator, Epic Games. It was among the first 720p games on Xbox 360, and Gears 5 came to Xbox Series X with a hugely impressive next-gen update last year.