When Rod Fergusson appeared on stage to debut Gears Tactics at E3 2018, he called it “a true Gears of War PC experience in a completely different genre.” That appeared to imply that it would be a PC exclusive, but now Fergusson has said that it’s coming to Xbox too.
In response to a fan on Twitter, Fergusson said that Splash Damage is working on the game. That studio is known for its work on Gears of War 4 and the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, so it has experience in the Gears universe. In response to a second question, whether the game will ever come to Xbox, he simply says “yes.”
Speaking about tactics, who’s the team behind it?? Is it @CoalitionGears or a different studio?? And the second question will we ever get the game on Xbox??
— Jassem (@jassem73) August 21, 2019
The tweet seems self-explanatory, though it’s notable that the one-word answer doesn’t promise the Xbox version will launch alongside the PC version. It doesn’t even necessarily promise the game for Xbox One, so there’s a chance it could be targeting the next generation Xbox Scarlett. GameSpot has reached out to Microsoft for clarification.
Targeting both platforms makes sense, though, as much of Microsoft’s first-party line-up has been dual platform recently. It also would add value to the Xbox Game Pass, which gives access to both Xbox and PC games (plus a Gold subscription) with its “Ultimate” tier.
Gears Tactics is a prequel that takes place 12 years before the first Gears of War game, and it was one of three Gears games that debuted at E3 2018. The other two were Gears Pop, a mobile game based on the cute collectibles that has just released recently, and Gears 5, the next numbered entry that is due in September.