Gears of War is getting its own card game

A company known for creating tabletop card games based on popular video game franchises announces Gears of War as its next IP.

Steamforged Games has partnered with The Coalition and Microsoft to create a board game set in Gears of War universe. The game, due to arrive in 2023, comes as welcome news for fans as they anxiously await an announcement of a follow-up to The Coalition’s Gear 5.

The last main line entry in the Gears franchise, Gear 5, released in 2019. Fans were also treated to a medium mobile RTS i Gears Pop same year, and X-Com style Gear’s tactics in 2020, but has had little to whet the appetite since then. While the current pace of Gears of War releases suggest a possible Gear 6 may be announced soon, The Coalition wrote a blog post outlining a move to Unreal Engine 5 for its future projects in 2021, and many fans are expecting a lengthy development cycle in light of this shift.


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Meanwhile, Gears of War fans will be treated to an entirely new medium for the franchise. Steamforged Games, the creators of Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game and Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game announced it on Twitter Gears of War: The Card Game coming out sometime in 2023. Nothing is known yet about the style of card game it will be or any of the details regarding the ruleset and pricing models, but with Steamforged Games’ pedigree in translating video games to the tabletop, fans have a lot to be excited about.

The announcement comes two months after Netflix’s own announcement regarding Gears of War. A live-action film and an animated series were both revealed in November, and there is speculation that the ramping up of Gears of War content means that a new main feature in the series is imminent. Whether 2023 is the year players get their first glimpse of Gears of War 6 or not, as this is The Coalition’s first release to use the incredibly powerful Unreal Engine 5, when revealed it’s sure to be groundbreaking in terms of fidelity.

While not everyone’s cup of tea, card games based on established IPs are a fun way to rehash content in a way that feels fresh. The signs promise it Gears of War: The Card Game will have the depth and balance to stand on its own given the positive sentiment surrounding the previous works from Steamforged Games and the extended Gears of War lore it’s going to subtract.

Gear 5 is out now for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

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Source: Windows Central

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