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Gears 6: 5 Features We’re Holding Out For



The Coalition hasn't technically announced Gears 6 yet, but that hasn't stopped us from wanting to talk about it. Above all, it hasn't kept us from talking about features that we ourselves believe would turn up trumps, but in reality probably won't ever come to pass. Anyway, that's the issue with being a fan, and it doesn't help that we're still hooked on adventures that happened over a decade ago.

Anyway, it really is only a matter of time before Gears formally announces its sixth chapter. So, for when that time does eventually come, you can bet we'll have plenty to say and contribute to the early flow of the concept. Take from this what you will, but here are the five things we are hoping to see come to life in the next exploit.

5. Legacy Characters

Having the universally loved Marcus Fenix return for the second generation of Gears was the breath of fresh air we didn't know we needed until we had it. The revival of additional legacy characters, such as Cole Train and Baird, of course, was the equivalent of having a Christmas morning on the same day as Thanksgiving. And honestly, it was a real smart move for The Coalition, as it revived a number of memories from the 360 era.

For Gears 6, we're pinning our hopes on seeing a few more legacy characters from Delta Squad reprise their roles. It doesn't matter if they're borderline pensioners and with sets of false teeth —so long as they return to at least go out with a bang. And while Kait, JD, and Del are all capable enough to hoist the weight of the flag, it would serve as a few extra colors on the crest having a few old faces. Basically, just give us a Carmine; it doesn't matter which one.


4. Return to the Roots

Admittedly, the biggest shocker for Gears fans with the turn of the new generation wasn't the new setting, but the drastic change in enemy types. Locust armies were suddenly out of the picture, and along came a whole world of AI drones and technological enhancements. And it was just like that — Gears had lost its way. Now, whether it was for the greater good or not is another question, and one that has sparked quite the debate in recent years.

It's a new era, and the Swarm is without a doubt the centerpiece that drives the current narrative. And while that's all well and good, to have new species to wage war against, it would be good to see a few old outfits rise from the ashes. Flashbacks, similar to the ones featured in the Gears 4 prologue, would be an ideal change of pace in the upcoming chapter, if only in short bursts to break up the truckload of Swarm hordes.


3. Delta, Reformed

As much as we appreciate the effort The Coalition has made to establish a new network of characters, there is certainly a missing piece of the puzzle that urges to be unearthed. A puzzle, perhaps, that looks a lot like an old Delta squad reformed and made playable for the first time since the Judgement days. That's what we want, and we want it sooner rather than later.

One of the biggest requests COG fans have made since the release of Gears 5 is to have Marcus Fenix and team made into playable characters for the next leg of the journey. Similar to the legacy characters we mentioned a little while back, many fans have openly admitted that having a side plot with the OG Delta team would help flesh out the overall experience, thereby giving it a solid combination of new toys and old ones.


2. In-depth Characters

Gears 4 started out with JD Fenix taking the lead on the narrative, only to then be replaced by Kait in Gears 5. Not a bad thing by any means, but its sudden switch definitely left a few gaps spread out between the overall structure of the plot. And honestly, a number of side characters just didn't receive the same TLC as the show frontrunners.

The great thing about the original trilogy was its ability to explore the characters, to the point of giving the player an in-depth history lesson on each and every soldier. Gears 4, however, failed to ignite such a thing, which led to the game being made chock-full of unrelatable, and often expendable soldiers. Here's hoping Gears 6 delves into the origins of the COG collective a little more, if only to add a bit of heart to an otherwise template tin soldier.


1. Better Multiplayer

Gears' multiplayer is a hit and miss sort of thing, which is, of course, loaded with questionable modes and expansions. Gears 5, despite being one of the best-selling Xbox exclusives of 2019, still launched with a pretty rocky multiplayer platform. So riddled with glitches and shoddy mechanics was it, that it actually put a visible stain on the campaign itself.

Fortunately, The Coalition was able to patch up a few bits and pieces as the Operations timeline rolled out. It wasn't until a year or so after the game's initial release, however, that it was entirely playable and without any issues. And so, this is our way of saying that want more from our multiplayer experience on day one, preferably without having to wait for a slew of fixes and updates. Because let's face it, Gears has the power to become one of the greatest online games on the Xbox front. It's the fact its devs treat it as an afterthought that's holding it back from reaching its maximum potential.


So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.

Jord is acting Team Leader at If he isn't blabbering on in his daily listicles, then he's probably out writing fantasy novels or scraping Game Pass of all its slept on indies.