Prequel ‘Gears of War: E-Day’ Announced for Xbox Series and PC [Trailer]

Developer The Coalition are returning to the Gears of War franchise after 2019’s Gears 5, this time with a prequel in Gears of War: E-Day. Announced during the Xbox Games Showcase, E-Day will take place fourteen years before Gears of War, and sees the return of Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago. Accompanying the announcement is a new trailer.

Currently in development for the Xbox Series and PC, Gears of War: E-Day is set during Emergence Day, and will have Fenix and Santiago facing off against the Locust Horde. In an interview with Xbox Wire, The Coalition aims to recreate and improve the series’ trademark third-person action, set within an explosive campaign that combines satisfying gameplay and “emotive, character-led storytelling.”

“It’s going to feel like a new Gears game, because that’s what it is,” says Creative Director Matt Searcy. “It’s us revisiting the tone and the feeling of what makes Gears great, but we’re tapping into new techniques, new processes, and new technology that’s going to make the gameplay feel better than ever. It’s going to be awesome, a game that feels both truly new, and authentically Gears.”

As such, The Coalition are looking to recast the Locusts as living nightmares that are mysterious and formidable creatures. “The design brief was pretty simple,” explains Searcy. “Locust are the ‘monsters under the bed.’ What would happen to the people of Sera in seeing this overwhelming army of monsters and trying to figure out…what are you going to do?”

Seeing as this is a prequel, E-Day will be a “story of many origins,” for the characters and series. That also includes the iconic Chainsaw Lancer, which is briefly glanced at during the trailer. And speaking of the trailer, it uses Gary Jules’ haunting cover of “Mad World”, calling back to the trailer for the original game.

Gears of War: E-Day is currently in development for Xbox Series and PC. No release date has been announced.

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