Gears of War developer The Coalition is now focused and fully committed to the development of Gears 6 after it seemingly cancelled two unannounced projects. A new report claims that the studio was also impacted by the recent Microsoft layoffs and plans had shifted internally. The team had been ‘full steam ahead’ on Gears 6 as development on the sequel ramped up within the last year.
Insider Jeff Grubb recently commented on the current situation at The Coalition, claiming that the Microsoft layoffs also had an effect on the studio (in addition to 343 Industries and Bethesda). However, two unannounced projects were also scrapped – one of which was already teased on the LinkedIn profile of a level designer who noted that they had been working on a “new IP.”
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This new IP has reportedly been cancelled alongside another project as The Coalition is now putting its full attention on Gears 6. Grubb stated:
“They have cancelled that smaller project, as well as another project, so there have been two games cancelled there. 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.”
The Coalition also reportedly carried out support for Halo Infinite as well as assisted in the development of The Matrix Awakens Unreal Engine 5 tech demo. Gears 6 entered full development sometime within the last year, so it’s possible that we’ll see the sequel sooner than anticipated.
As with all reports, take this with a pinch of salt until we get official confirmation from The Coalition or Microsoft.
Source: Jeff Grubb