Gears of Wars gets turn-based strategy makeover April, 2020 for PC and Xbox

Kareem Anderson

As with Halo, Microsoft is turning its other flagship alien first-person shooter into a turn-based strategy game next year.

Back at E3 2018, Gears of War studio The Coalition unveiled its plans to bring a bit more nuance to the franchise and offer gamers looking for a different experience a new type of gameplay involving the environment from GoW universe.

Last week during The Game Awards in Los Angeles, fans got their a more fleshed-out look at the new turn-based version of Gears of War in a new two and a half minute long trailer.

On April 28, 2020, gamers can pick up the new version of Gears dubbed Gears Tactics, from the Windows Store, Steam and Xbox Game Pass for PC in beta form.

Developed by The Coalition and Splash Damage, Gears Tactics is set 12 years before the first Gears of War. Cities across 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 emerges as humanity’s last hope. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, players must recruit and command a squad to hunt down Ukkon, an evil mastermind who makes monsters.

Gears Tactics features an immersive and character-driven story, one that follows the defiant soldier Gabe Diaz, voiced by Noshir Dalal, to rescue and build up a squad in a journey of leadership, survival, and sacrifice. Playing as Gabe, you’ll customize your squad and equipment to prepare your troops to face tough enemies, upgrading squad skills and outfitting them with loot collected in challenging missions.

The aggressive gameplay of Gears Tactics retains a signature Gears tone and feel – you will command your squad in fast-paced, turn-based battles, advancing and surviving intense and visceral encounters with the unstoppable, swarming Locust Horde enemy. Prepare yourself to take on and defeat towering deadly bosses that defy your strategies ad completely change the scale of the battle.

When pre-orders are made available, early grabbers can also snag the Thrashball Cole Character Pack that predictably includes Cole and a Thrasball Armor collection and rare abilities.