Gears of War is one of Microsoft's pillar franchises, joining Minecraft, Forza, and Halo. Gears is set on the war-blasted world of Sera, where decades of civil wars and conflicts with a forgotten subterranean race has humanity on the verge of extinction. Known for hyper-violence and third-person shooting, Gears of War has maintained a staunch fanbase for over a decade.

The latest entry in the series, known simply as Gears 5, drops in early September, 2019, with a strategic spin-off known as Gears Tactics set to follow, most likely in 2020.