What you need to know

  • Gears 5 is an upcoming third-person shooter from Xbox Game Studios.
  • The game is expected to launch in early September.
  • The Coalition's Rod Fergusson teased open-world content by saying you can sail the skiff freely.
  • You can preorder Gears 5 for $50 on Amazon.

This generation, a lot of games are moving towards an open-world format. We saw God of War and Metro Exodus follow that route, but it seems like Gears 5 is doing the same. Today, Studio Head of The Coalition, Rod Fergusson, tweeted that you can handle the skiff freely and don't follow linear paths. This opens up tremendous possibilities for exploration and other mechanics.

The fact that you can sail the skiff wherever you want means that the game won't be linear. However, it's unclear if it'll have limited exploration like Uncharted 4 or go the route of a different game. Only time will tell. I personally have no idea, but I know that our very own Jez Corden should have a preview up for you on Friday. Stay tuned until then!

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Gears 5 Limited Edition Xbox One X Bundle

The best experience

Featuring the Omen submerged in ice and snow, the Gears 5 Limited Edition Xbox One X Bundle is available for preorder today. This bundle features the limited edition console, the Kait Diaz Limited Edition controller, and past games.

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