Gears 6 is reportedly The Coalition’s next game after two other titles were cancelled
It’s claimed that the Canadian studio was recently affected by layoffs at Microsoft
The Coalition has reportedly shifted its full attention to the next entry in the Gears of War series after two other games in development at the studio were cancelled.
During his Game Mess Mornings show on Thursday, Giant Bomb reporter Jeff Grubb claimed Xbox‘s Canadian studio was now ‘full steam ahead’ on Gears 6.
The Coalition said in May 2021 that it was preparing to transition to next-gen development using Unreal Engine 5, and shortly after, the LinkedIn profile of one of the studio’s level designers claimed they had been working on a “new IP”.
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Grubb claimed The Coalition was at one point working on two now-cancelled projects, in addition to carrying out support work on Halo Infinite and working with Epic on The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo.
“They have cancelled that smaller project, as well as another project, so there have been two games cancelled there,” he said.
“This was all reflected in the layoffs that happened at Microsoft, which did hit The Coalition a little bit. The studio is now going to move on fully to Gears 6. I say now, it has likely moved on to Gears 6 in full over the course of the last year, but definitely, that will be their next game.”
According to Microsoft, Gears of War had sold over 22 million units and grossed over $1 billion dollars when the company acquired the franchise from Epic Games in 2014.
Since buying the IP, Xbox has released two mainline series entries in the form of 2016’s Gears of War 4 and 2019’s Gears 5, both of which were developed by The Coalition, as well as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and the turn-based tactics spin-off Gears Tactics.
Netflix recently announced that it had partnered with The Coalition to release a number of Gears of War projects including a live action film.
It said the movie would be followed by a Gears of War adult animated series and possibly further projects.
The news was announced in November to coincide with the 16th anniversary of the Gears of War franchise’s launch.