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Gears Tactics Will Feature New Content On Xbox Series X And S

The tactical spin on Gears of War is coming to consoles finally, and bringing along a familiar robot friend.


Gears Tactics launched earlier this year on PC, and it's finally heading to Xbox Series X and Series S when the two consoles launch later this year, along with a host of gameplay and content additions.

The new content will introduce Jack to the squad, who you will likely recognize as the cloaking robot companion to Marcus Fenix and co. in the original trilogy of games. Jack won't be around to rip open doors this time, giving you numerous new commands to use in combat, including area of effect skills and the ability to control enemy units.

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The Coalition is also adding new Deviant enemies to the game, which should help its longevity by providing additional challenges to players seeking them. These enemies will be more cunning and quick to react to your strategies, but also reward players with new high-level gear to make the demanding combat worthwhile. These content updates will be available to all console players at launch while PC players will be able to download it for free shortly after.

Gears Tactics will also be making use of the more powerful hardware inside the Xbox Series X to run at a native 4K and at 60 FPS on Microsoft's flagship next-generation console. The game will also be compatible with the Xbox Series S, but The Coalition didn't share specific performance details regarding that version of the game. It will also launch for both Xbox One and Xbox One X and will be available at launch on Xbox Games Pass.

Gears Tactics takes place before the events of any of the main games, putting you in the boots of Gabe Diaz in some of the earliest skirmishes between the COG and the invading Locust forces. It was a smart take on turn-based strategy while also retaining the distinctive gameplay from Gears of War. In GameSpot's 8/10 Gears Tactics review, critic Mike Epstein wrote, "Every successful plan, even a last-ditch effort, feels like a small stroke of genius. That's no small feat."

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