The ad, which was posted on Tuesday, is specifically titled ‘Senior Gameplay Designer– Gears of War – The Coalition’, leaving applicants in no doubt as to what project they will be working on.
It reads: “The Coalition is a Microsoft first-party development studio located in Vancouver, Canada. We are the official home of the Gears of War franchise, and our objective is to forge the future of the IP and push the limits of Microsoft’s entertainment platforms and devices.
“Our team is comprised of deep creative and technical talent from across our industry and beyond, working cohesively to delight our fan base and pass expectations of what is possible.”
Although it’s not clear from the ad whether the project is a proper Gears of War 6 or a remastered collection of previous games, the job description appears to indicate a new title, as it specifies that The Coalition is looking for candidates who are capable of creating new gameplay features.
“We are searching for candidates with experience in Character, Camera and Controls (the 3 C’s), or artificial intelligence (AI) systems,” it reads. “You have experience owning large scale features and guiding them from initial concept through to polish and completion.”
The job listing lends more weight to claims made last month by Giant Bomb reporter Jeff Grubb that The Coalition had reportedly shifted its full attention to Gears 6 after two other games in development at the studio were cancelled.
Since its acquisition of the Gears of War IP in 2014, Microsoft has released two mainline series entries – 2016’s Gears of War 4 and 2019’s Gears 5, both developed by The Coalition – as well as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and the turn-based tactics spin-off Gears Tactics.
The Coalition said in May 2021 that it was preparing to transition to next-gen development using Unreal Engine 5, but that it wasn’t planning to announce any new games in the near future.