Gears TacticsSource: Microsoft

Gears Tactics received great reviews when it released on PC in April. The XCOM-style turn-based strategy game set in the Gears of War universe tasks players with recruiting and commanding a squad to hunt down a monster-making mastermind.

Xbox players can now try the game, a launch title for Xbox Series X and Series S. Here's everything we know about the console release.

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Gears Tactics Xbox One, Xbox Series X release date

Gears TacticsSource: Microsoft

The Gears of War franchise has traditionally been Xbox focused, so while Gears Tactics launched as a PC exclusive, it's not surprising that Microsoft's console would be its next stop. Microsoft announced in April that Gears Tactics would be coming to Xbox One in late 2020, and it finally arrived on November 10, 2020 with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.

What we know about Gears Tactics for Xbox

Gears TacticsSource: Microsoft

Gears Tactics has exceptionally well-optimized PC settings, so Microsoft took its time to come up with something that would give console players just as much control. The game is optimized for next gen consoles, playing in 4K Ultra HD at 60 FPS on the Xbox Series X and at 1440p 60 FPS on the Xbox Series S.

Players who purchase the game will have access to it on both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X through Smart Delivery. The game can be played at 4K 30 FPS on an Xbox One or 1080p 30 FPS on the Xbox One S. Mouse and keyboard controls are supported on all of the consoles.

What new content does the Gears Tactics Xbox release provide?

Gears Tactics customizationSource: Xbox Game Studios

The console version brought 10 new achievements to the game, which were also included in a major update of the PC game that went live the same day. The new version also allows players to control the companion bot Jack and added dangerous Deviant enemies and powerful Supreme equipment. The controller optimization created for the console launch was also brought to PCs.

Will Gears Tactics come to Xbox Game Pass?

Gears Tactics CorpserSource: Microsoft

Gears Tactics is currently available for PC and consoles via Xbox Game Pass. Players who purchase the game for $60 or play it on Game Pass by December 4 will receive a free Thrashball Cole Character Pack. Completing the game's tutorial mission on any platform will also give you the Armored Gabe character skin for Gears 5.

Related: Read our Gears Tactics full review!

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