‘Gears 5’ now available worldwide

Today, we welcome Gears 5 fans to Sera as Gears 5 officially releases around the world. Gears 5’s Early Access period began on Thursday at 9pm local time and has been has been a hit with critics, who have describe the game as “a spectacular return to form” and “the best Gears of War game yet.” In addition to buying the standard edition, you can also play it now with Xbox Game Pass. If you haven’t already joined Xbox Game Pass, you get your first two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $2 (and if you are already an Xbox Game Pass for Console or Xbox Live Gold member, you can also upgrade your existing pre-paid months and still get two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $2).

Gears 5 is the culmination of an incredible journey after three years of passion and dedicated work by our studio team,” said Rod Fergusson, Studio Head at The Coalition. “We set out to challenge expectations for when fans play a new Gears of War game, and are proud to share Gears 5 with the world.”


That’s just the beginning – after today’s launch, we’ll continue to use Operations to evolve your Gears 5 Multiplayer Experience with free new modes, maps, characters, customization items and more. With all of this free content, plus a regular cadence of exclusive cosmetic items in the Gears 5 Store, we think this will be the most dynamic and exciting post-launch Gears has ever had. Speaking of bonus multiplayer items, remember to download and play by September 16 to unlock the Terminator Dark Fate Character Pack.

For more information on the Gears of War franchise, stay tuned to Xbox Wire or follow Gears on Twitter @gearsofwar.


Introducing the new Xbox Wireless Controller – Midnight Forces II Special Edition

In 2014, we introduced the fan-favorite military-inspired Forces series for the Xbox Wireless Controller. Today, we’re introducing a new take on one of the most popular designs from the series – the new Xbox Wireless Controller – Midnight Forces II Special Edition. The Xbox Wireless Controller – Midnight Forces II Special Edition features the modern blue camouflage-pattern you love plus textured grip to help you stay on target in the heat of the battle and a 3.5mm stereo headset jack to plug in for a fully immersive gaming experience. Like all Xbox Wireless Controllers, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Midnight Forces II Special Edition comes with Bluetooth technology for gaming on Windows 10 devices or Samsung Gear VR and custom button mapping through the Xbox Accessories app to customize your controller just the way you like it.

Make your camo-inspired gaming set complete with the officially licensed Midnight Forces II Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand by Controller Gear. This charging stand is built with the same high-quality materials as Xbox Wireless Controllers so it’s always an exact match, while the magnetic contact system ensures a perfect fit and secure charge every time. Each Xbox Pro Charging Stand comes with a premium charging stand, battery cover, rechargeable battery and 6-foot power cord.

The Midnight Forces II Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand and the Xbox Wireless Controller – Midnight Forces II Special Edition are available today at Microsoft Store in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The controller is also available online through Wal-Mart in U.S. and Canada starting today and coming to their physical stores beginning mid-October.


‘Gears 5’ early access begins tonight following debut of launch ad during NFL season opener

Tonight, the wait is finally over. Gears 5 will be available tonight, immediately following the television debut of the launch ad, “The Chain,” during the NFL Season opener, the Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears on NBC.

This begins the four-day early access period for Gears 5 Ultimate Edition owners and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members who may begin playing four days before the game’s worldwide release on September 10. For those eager to get started immediately the full game download is available now in advance of the game’s release. As part of a special offer, new subscribers can join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate today and get their first two months for $2 now through September 30.

Described as “a spectacular return to form” by The Verge, Gears is bigger than ever, with five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet.

Retail copies of Gears 5 Ultimate Edition will be available for pick-up from participating retailers beginning at 9 pm local time. The Gears 5 Limited Edition Console Bundle, which includes the Ultimate Edition version of the game, will also be available.

In “The Chain,” Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself. The commercial was produced by 215 McCann, creators of the landmark TV ad “Mad World,” and features Grammy award-winning rock band Evanescence performing Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.”

Launch Timing by Region
Here’s when Gears 5 will be available in key regions around the world. Where not stated, Gears 5 will launch in all Xbox regions on September 5, 9 pm local time, except where noted.

Launch Calendar

Region Gears 5 Ultimate Edition Gears 5 Standard Edition
Start Date/Time (PDT) Start Date/Time (UTC) Start Date/Time (PDT) Start Date/Time (UTC)
New Zealand 9/5/2019 2:00 9/5/2019 9:00 9/9/2019 2:00 9/9/2019 9:00
Australia 9/5/2019 4:00 9/5/2019 11:00 9/9/2019 4:00 9/9/2019 11:00
Japan, South Korea 9/5/2019 5:00 9/5/2019 12:00 9/9/2019 5:00 9/9/2019 12:00
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore 9/5/2019 6:00 9/5/2019 13:00 9/9/2019 6:00 9/9/2019 13:00
India 9/5/2019 8:30 9/5/2019 15:30 9/9/2019 8:30 9/9/2019 15:30
United Arab Emirates 9/5/2019 10:00 9/5/2019 17:00 9/9/2019 10:00 9/9/2019 17:00
Finland, Greece, Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey 9/5/2019 11:00 9/5/2019 18:00 9/9/2019 11:00 9/9/2019 18:00
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland 9/5/2019 12:00 9/5/2019 19:00 9/9/2019 12:00 9/9/2019 19:00
Ireland, Portugal, UK 9/5/2019 13:00 9/5/2019 20:00 9/9/2019 13:00 9/9/2019 20:00
Argentina, Brazil 9/5/2019 17:00 9/6/2019 0:00 9/9/2019 17:00 9/10/2019 0:00
Chile (time zone changes this weekend) 9/5/2019 18:00 9/6/2019 1:00 9/9/2019 17:00 9/10/2019 0:00
Canada, United States 9/5/2019 18:00 9/6/2019 1:00 9/9/2019 18:00 9/10/2019 1:00
Colombia, Mexico 9/5/2019 19:00 9/6/2019 2:00 9/9/2019 19:00 9/10/2019 2:00

About Gears 5
Published by Xbox Game Studios and developed by The Coalition, a growing team of talented, creative, fun-loving professionals from around the world who are united in their passion for Gears of War, Gears 5 is the latest entry in the award-winning and billion-dollar that continues to redefine the third-person shooter genre.


New ‘Gears Forever’ trailer now online

We’re just a short time away from the biggest Gears yet with Early Access for either Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or with Gears 5 Ultimate Edition, and today while fans eagerly await its release, we’ve got a brand new trailer showing off Gears 5’s five modes.

In Gears 5, there are five thrilling ways to play: the all-new aggressive, high-stakes co-op mode Escape; the competitive Versus mode, featuring nine modes including the all-new Arcade for players of all levels; the deepest Horde Mode ever;  the intuitive Map Builder and the biggest Campaign yet.

Yesterday, we shared news about latest blockbuster partnership in Gears 5 with WWE Superstar Batista making an appearance in Gears 5 as a multiplayer character, donning the armor of the legendary Marcus Fenix. Fans can also look forward to the inclusion of Sarah Connor and the T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator: Dark Fate and Spartans Emile-A239 and Kat-B320 from Halo: Reach with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition.

Gears 5 early access will begin at 9pm on September 5th in your local time zone. For countries with multiple time zones, the earliest time zone will determine when you can play. For example, North American early access will begin at simultaneously at 9pm ET, 8pm CT and 6pm PT.

Both Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition owners will be able to gear up and take the fight to the Swarm. On behalf of everyone at The Coalition, we’re excited to have fans jump into the world of Gears 5.

For more information on Gears 5 and the Gears franchise, stay tuned to Xbox Wire or follow Gears on Twitter @gearsofwar.


WWE superstar Batista coming to ‘Gears 5’

Today, WWE Superstar Batista confirmed the long-standing hopes of many, including his own.

As revealed on his personal Twitter account, Batista will officially enter the Gears of War Universe later this month, donning the armor of Marcus Fenix as a Gears 5 multiplayer character.

Fans around the world have long expressed hope that Batista will be cast for the role of Marcus Fenix in the film version of Gears of War, an opportunity he’s described as a “dream role.”

While the movie remains in development, The Coalition didn’t want any more time to go by without giving Batista a chance to don the armor, which he wore for as part of an upcoming WWE Network promotion for Gears 5. According to those who were there, the armor which was created to match the specifications of the game, “fit him perfectly.”

Rod Fergusson, who has cast and directed every Gears title, directed Batista’s performance for Gears 5, including over seven hundred lines recorded for the game.

“Adding Batista to Gears 5, we started with the fantasy of ‘Batista as Marcus,’ putting Batista into Marcus’ armor, and starting with Marcus’ script. Then we added elements of “The Animal” Batista into his voice performance and onto his look by adding his signature Hollywood shades to his character.  Batista was great in the booth and I can’t wait for Gears and Batista fans alike to stomp some Swarm as The Animal.”

Gears 5 Batista

Gears 5 Batista

Xbox has partnered together with WWE to create a special countdown to Batista’s availability in the game, including behind-the-scenes with Gears 5 and Batista on WWE’s UpUpDownDown gaming channel. This all leads up to WWE Network’s “Clash of Champions” event on Sunday, September 15, available through a 30-day free subscription on the Xbox app (new subscribers only).

To unlock Batista, simply play any version of Gears 5 (including with your Xbox Game Pass membership) beginning September 15. The promotion ends October 28.

Gears 5 launches on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on September 6 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members; September 10 for Xbox Game Pass members. Gears 5 is also available for pre-order today from the Microsoft Store. Click here for purchase details.


gamescom 2019: Find out what’s new with Xbox Game Pass

During our latest episode of Inside Xbox live from gamescom 2019, we detailed new titles joining Xbox Game Pass this month and updates to the new Xbox (Beta) app for PC to make it even easier to discover and play your next favorite game. At Xbox, we’re always listening to fan feedback, and our community has continued to tell us they want even more great games. So, we’re thrilled to share more details on these amazing new titles – many that are available with Xbox Game Pass starting today:

Games Coming to Xbox Game Pass

August 19

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition (Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
The iconic real-time strategy game returns with all-new 4K visuals, 8-person multiplayer battles and a host of other new features bringing together all the officially released content. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is the complete RTS package

Devil May Cry 5 (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
The devil you know returns. From the creators of the best-selling action franchise comes the latest chapter in the Devil May Cry saga. Prepare to get downright demonic in the most over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this gaming generation!

Stellaris (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and coming soon to Xbox Game Pass for PC)
Featuring deep strategic gameplay, with rich and diverse alien races and emergent storytelling, Stellaris puts the complexity of the galaxy in your hands. Whether you’re exploring the unknown, discovering the mysteries of the universe, or conquering it for the glory of your empire, you now have more inter-galactic strategy awaiting you than ever before.

August 22

Ape Out (Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
In this wild, colorfully stylized smash‘em up about primal escape and frenetic jazz, build up nearly unstoppable momentum and use your captors to your advantage as you crush everyone on your path to freedom. Embrace bold colors, use the rhythm of jazz in the chaos to guide you and take on a dazzling perspective as you rush through tight corridors, open areas, and twisting labyrinths on a mad dash for freedom.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
A story-driven open-world RPG that immerses you in an epic adventure in the Holy Roman Empire. Avenge your parents’ death as you battle invading forces, go on game-changing quests, and make influential choices. Explore majestic castles, deep forests, thriving villages and countless other realistic settings in medieval Bohemia.

August 27

Bard’s Tale IV: Director’s Cut (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)
The triumphant return of one of the most iconic RPG series of all-time. Delve into a tactically rich combat system that rewards creativity, solve puzzles to gain treasure and advantages, and discover a beautifully crafted world.

August 30

Blair Witch (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate)

A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woods…

And as a preview of what’s coming for September, we also announced that Dead Cells (Xbox Game Pass for Console, Xbox Game Pass for PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate) is coming September 5!

Since launching Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) alongside the new Xbox (Beta) app at E3 2019, we’ve been listening closely to your ideas on how to make your PC gaming experience better and are excited to share some updates, driven by your feedback. In addition to delivering more great games, we’ve made some updates to the Xbox Game Pass for PC experience to make it easier for you to discover and manage the titles in your library, as well as connect with your gaming community. Some of these features are available today, and others will release in the coming weeks.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s new:

  • Find Your Friends Across Networks: We know staying connected to your friends while gaming is important, so we’ve made some updates to make it easier to find and start playing with your friends with new account linking options. In addition to adding friends via their Xbox gamertags, you’ll now be able to search for friends from Facebook or Steam that are also on Xbox. You’ll also be able to link your accounts for YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Discord, and Reddit on your player card so your friends can follow your gaming adventures no matter where you are.
  • New Ways to Find and Filter Games: We’ve also heard you wanted improvements to the way you can manage your games within the new Xbox (Beta) app. Soon, you’ll be able to take advantage of new filter options from the sidebar to make finding your favorite games and managing your DLC even easier.
  • More Control on Managing Downloads: We’re also making some updates to the drive selector that not only display the disk space required for each game, but also enable you to select the drive where you want your games installed.
  • PC Joins the Mobile App: To make it easier for you to manage your Xbox Game Pass for PC library while on the go, we’re excited to share the Xbox Game Pass mobile app now includes PC titles. With this update that we’re currently testing in Beta, you can also browse and discover games in the Xbox Game Pass for PC library and download them anytime and anywhere to your PC. To take advantage of these features, gamers can download the Xbox Game Pass mobile app (Beta) available on iOS and Android This feature is available in public beta on Android devices, and in a closed Beta on iOS devices, and we will have more to share soon.

We’re excited about the progress we’re making to deliver a great Xbox Game Pass for PC experience and we will continue to deliver more improvements over the coming months based on your input, so please keep the feedback coming.

And if you’re not a member yet, join now and get your first two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $2. Already an Xbox Game Pass for Console or Xbox Live Gold member? You can also upgrade your existing pre-paid months to get two months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $2. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gives you access to all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games for one low-monthly price.

To stay up to date on the latest Xbox Game Pass news, including new titles joining the library and updates to the Xbox App, check out our Twitter and Instagram.

The Xbox Game Pass team is looking forward to continuing this journey with our fans.


gamescom 2019: Introducing the newest Xbox Wireless Controllers

At Xbox, we know the controller you reach for can be a form of self-expression as personal as the kicks you choose to rock. They can be reflective of your style and personality or symbolic of a deeper connection to a game, friend or even a nostalgic memory. As we expand our collection of Xbox Wireless Controllers, we aim to provide our fans with new opportunities and more choices to make those kinds of meaningful connections – which is why we’re excited to announce not one, but two new special edition Xbox Wireless Controllers releasing this fall.

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Xbox Wireless Controller – Night Ops Camo Special Edition

The Xbox Wireless Controller – Night Ops Camo Special Edition is the first in a brand-new series of controllers and our take on a pattern that is classic and iconic – camouflage. The dark palette of black, grey and warm metallic gold on a slightly textured body gives the Xbox Wireless Controller – Night Ops Camo Special Edition a rugged and urban street vibe. It features a metallic gold D-Pad and etched trigger grip that gives you extra control where you need it most. If gritty and cool are your style, you’ll want to scoop one up beginning October 8 for $69.99 USD or pre-order now at select retailers worldwide, including Microsoft Store, near you or online.

To celebrate this new camo series, we teamed up with Meta Threads for the new Xbox Night Ops Camo Label Tee, exclusive to the Xbox Official Gear Shop. Take your love for all things Xbox to the streets with this 100% combed cotton tee in medium weight, pre-shrunk and finished with silk screened detailing and a woven Xbox label. Available in Unisex and Women’s styles, you can get yours from Xbox Official Gear Shop online starting August 20 in the US and Canada for $24.99 USD/$32.99 CAD. If you’re at gamescom this week, swing by the Xbox Official Gear Shop in Hall 5.2 or the Xbox Open Doors location in Gloria Theater to pick up the Xbox Night Ops Camo Label Tee and other Xbox gear in person starting August 19.

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Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Blue Special Edition

Inspired by sports lifestyle, activewear and pop culture, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Blue Special Edition is the third installment in the Sport Series. Like its predecessors, the Sport White Special Edition and Sport Red Special Edition, the Xbox Wireless Controller – Sport Blue Special Edition features a geometric design with eye-catching metallic accents and a metallic D-Pad. The vibrant blue rubberized grip gives it a pop of color while providing enhanced comfort that helps you stay on target. How’s that for form and function? You can pre-order yours now at select retailers worldwide including Microsoft Store, near you or online, or pick one up beginning September 17 for $69.99 USD.

Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stands

To complete your ensemble, be sure to pick up the matching Night Ops Camo Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand or Sport Blue Special Edition Xbox Pro Gear Charging Stand by Controller Gear for a seamless charging setup. Controller Gear Xbox Pro Charging Stands are built with the same high-quality materials as Xbox Wireless Controllers, so it’s always an exact match and perfect fit. Each Xbox Pro Charging Stand comes with a premium charging stand, battery cover, rechargeable battery and 6-foot power cord. At $49.99 USD, you can pre-order now or pick up the Night Ops Camo Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand starting October 8 and the Sport Blue Special Edition Xbox Pro Charging Stand starting September 17 at select online retailers in the US and CA, including Microsoft Store.

As with all Xbox Wireless Controllers, the Night Ops Camo Special Edition and Sport Blue Special Edition controllers are compatible with the Xbox One family of devices and include fan-favorite features you know and love such as a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, Bluetooth technology to play your favorite games on Windows 10 PCs and tablets or Samsung Gear VR. You can also take advantage of the custom button-mapping feature through the Xbox Accessories app to customize your gear just the way you like it. In select markets, these controllers come with 14-day trials for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, so you can explore and discover your next favorite game.


Gamescom 2019 kicks off Aug. 19 with all-new Inside Xbox

Live from the world’s largest gaming convention in Cologne, Germany, Inside Xbox returns on Monday, August 19, at 5 p.m. CEST / 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT.

With the release of Gears 5 less than a month away, Inside Xbox will unveil the game’s Horde Mode! We’ll also premiere nearly a dozen never-before-seen trailers and have big news and reveals on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, Wasteland 3, Empire of Sin, Greedfall, The Surge 2, Vigor, Metro Exodus, Blair Witch, Xbox Game Pass, X019, new accessories, and much, much more.

Watch live next Monday on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, or check out highlights and the full show on-demand after it airs.

Inside Xbox Attendance & Xbox Open Doors

Fans have the chance to see Inside Xbox live on Monday at the Gloria Theater in Cologne. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis and you need to be at least 18 years and older to attend (ID will be checked at the entrance). Additional details on how to attend will be posted on Xbox Dach’s Twitter and Facebook accounts later this week. The Gloria will also host Xbox Open Doors from Wednesday August 21 through Friday August 23 from 5-10PM local time each night, with games, gear, tournaments and more. Additional Xbox Open Doors details will also be available on Xbox Dach’s social channels.


Sixth annual ID@Xbox Open House on Aug. 29 brings over 50 gems from indie game developers

We’re calibrating our TVs and charging our controllers as we get ready to host you at our home in Redmond, Washington for an afternoon of games (lots), fun (also lots) and much, much more for our sixth annual ID@Xbox Open House on August 29 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT. Over 50 hand-picked gaming gems from a global roster of independent developers will be joining us, including 13 new announcements, and every-single-one will be playable.

We’re bringing you a whole host of diverse, game-centric content and activities – not to mention some of the extended Xbox family will join the festivities too! Here’s what to expect:

  • Talk to the independent developers bringing their games to Xbox One (which you can play!)
  • Meet some of the Microsoft teams behind your favorite gaming franchises
  • Mingle with the Xbox Ambassadors and learn what it takes to be a positive force in gaming
  • Join us for panels and let us tell you a tale (or two) in an auditorium-style setting
  • Streamed content, including interviews and more
  • Meet the ID@Xbox team!
  • A whole lot of free pizza and a few fun surprises

Games? Yeah, we’ve got a few of those.
No ID@Xbox Open House would be complete without games! Making a debut appearance and announcing for the first time that they’ll be coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program are:

  • Demon’s Tilt (Flarb LLC / Wiznwar)
  • Exhausted Man (E-Home Entertainment / Candleman Games)
  • Freshly Frosted (The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild)
  • Genesis Noir (Fellow Traveller / Feral Cat Den)
  • Hypnospace Outlaw (No More Robots / Tendershoot, Michael Lasch, ThatWhichIs Media)
  • Kine (Chump Squad / Gwen Frey)
  • Levelhead (Butterscotch Shenanigans)
  • Moving Out (SMG Studios)
  • She Dreams Elsewhere (Studio Zevere)
  • Skater XL (Easy Day Studios)
  • Spectrum Break (Jason Hein)
  • Superliminal (Pillow Castle)
  • Touhou Luna Nights (Vaka Game Magazine, Agm Playism / Vaka Game Magazine, Team Ladybug)

On top of that, here’s a whopping list of even more games that you’ll be able to play on the day:

  • A Knight’s Quest (Curve Digital / Sky 9 Games)
  • Backbone (Eggnut)
  • Beyond Blue (E-Line Media)
  • Blair Witch (Bloober team) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • Blasphemous (Team17 Digital Ltd / The Game Kitchen)
  • CastleStorm 2 (Zen Studios)
  • Children of Morta (11 bit studios / Dead Mage)
  • Citadel: Forged with Fire (Blue Isle Studios Inc.)
  • Conan Chop Chop (Funcom / Mighty Kingdom)
  • Creature in the Well (Flight School Studio) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • Cyber Shadow (Yacht Club Games / Mechanical Head)
  • Decay of Logos (Thunderful Publishing / Amplify Creations)
  • Deliver Us the Moon (Wired Productions / Keoken Interactive)
  • Fuga: Melodies of Steel (CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd. / Hiroto Niizato)
  • Hot Shot Burn (Artifex Mundi)
  • HyperDot (Glitch / Charles McGregor)
  • Infliction (Blowfish Studios / Caustic Reality)
  • KeyWe (Stonewheat & Sons)
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill (Thunderful Publishing / Megagon Industries)
  • Lumote (Luminawesome Games)
  • Olija (Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. / Skeleton Crew Studio)
  • Once Upon a Time in Roswell (Quarter Circle)
  • Overland (Finji)
  • Paradise Lost (All in! Games / PolyAmorous)
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Versus Evil / Obsidian Entertainment)
  • Praey for the Gods (No Matter Studios)
  • Raji: An Ancient Epic ( / Nodding Heads Games)
  • RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (Deskworks)
  • Sparklite (Merge Games Ltd / RedBlue Games)
  • Spiritfarer (Thunder Lotus) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • Star Renegade (Raw Fury Games / Massive Damage Inc.) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • StarCrossed (Whitethorn Digital / Contigo Games)
  • Stela (SkyBox Labs)
  • The Jackbox Part Pack 6 (Jackbox Games, Inc.)
  • The Riftbraker (Exor Studios)
  • Tracks (Excalibur Games / Whoop Group)
  • UnderMine (Thorium) – Coming to Xbox Game Pass
  • Yaga (Versus Evil / Breadcrumbs Interactive)

But wait, there’s more! Remember how we mentioned that some of the extended Xbox family was coming along? Xbox Game Studios family member, The Coalition, will be bringing Gears 5 to our Open House for your enjoyment.

There will also be a few surprises in store that we’ll get to talk about a little closer to the event and on the day – so keep an eye out!

Open House Means Open to Everyone
Everyone is welcome to join us for an afternoon of celebrating games and the people who make them as a little weekend warm-up. The event is free, so feel free to bring a friend or two – all we ask is:

  • If you’re under 18, bring a parent or guardian
  • Please RSVP if you can, to give us an idea of attendance numbers
  • Be prepared for some queueing, but please let event staff know if you are unable do so for health, wellbeing or medical reasons

Details & Directions
The event will be hosted at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA – this venue is fully accessible and ADA compliant.

If you’re driving in, there’s free parking available. There will also be buses available to transport attendees directly to and from the event, picking up from the Washington State Convention Center. These buses will be located at the motor coach and shuttle bus loading area of the WSCC, beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT, running every 15-30 minutes. Return buses will depart on the same schedule, with the last bus leaving the Microsoft Convention Center for WSCC at 9:00 p.m. PT.

Microsoft Conference Center
16070 NE 36th Way, Building 33
Redmond, WA 98052

We hope that you’ll have the opportunity to join us, say hello and play some games before the wonderful and hectic PAX West weekend begins – and don’t forget to RSVP!

Not able to make it in person? You can always reach out to us on TwitterFacebookInstagram or Discord – we love talking about games.


‘Gears 5’ has gone gold for Sept. 6 release; check out the full achievement list

Today, The Coalition and Xbox are proud to announce that Gears 5 has gone gold – a major moment ahead of its launch next month. This is significant for us as game creators, as it means the game disc has been released to manufacturing so that everyone can enjoy and play on September 6 through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition.

“From all of us at The Coalition, we couldn’t be more excited to share Gears 5 with the world. I want thank the team here who has worked so hard for our fans, and we all hope you are all as excited as we are to play Gears 5,” said Rod Fergusson, Studio Head at The Coalition. “This is furthest we have ever taken the franchise, living our studio mantra of ‘if you want to go far go together’.”

With five ways to play Gears 5, this is easily the biggest entry in the Gears of War franchise. Whether players choose to experience the Campaign, compete in Versus, outlast the Swarm in Horde or outrun them in Escape or build the perfect map – there is truly something for everyone.

“I’m very proud of what the team at The Coalition has achieved,” said Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios. “Not only is it the biggest Gears ever, it’s also the most technically refined, with 4K HDR gameplay at 60 frames per second on Xbox One X, cross-play across all modes on Xbox and Windows 10 and Steam, and updated accessibility features such as Adaptive Controller support. Together with day-and-date availability on Xbox Game Pass, we look forward to welcoming more players into the Gears universe than ever.”

Matt, along with leaders from Xbox Game Studios, joined Rod and the team to celebrate together.

Our next stop is Germany, where Gears 5 will be taking over gamescom with the reveal of the all-new Horde mode on Inside Xbox on Monday, August 19 at 5:00 p.m. CEST (8:00 a.m. PDT) followed shortly thereafter by a world premiere of the story trailer for Gears 5 campaign on gamescom: Opening Night Live at 8 p.m. CEST (11 a.m. PDT).

Adding to the excitement for the fans, we’re also unveiling the full achievement list for Gears 5. You’ll be able to add to your Gamerscore across 71 achievements spanning Campaign, Escape, Versus, Horde, Map Builder and more. Whether defeating 50 waves in Horde or completing an Escape Hive without firing a single shot, dedicated players will have challenges of all types to tackle and overcome in Gears 5 while racking up another 1,000 points. Lancers up to those looking to complete Seriously 5.0.

You can find the full achievement list for Gears 5 below, categorized by their corresponding in-game mode. You might even find some hints and secrets regarding the final experience. All spoiler free, of course – we promise!

Thank you again for your support and for following along on this journey with us! Be sure to visit and follow @GearsofWar on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest on Gears 5 ahead of launch on September 10.

Campaign Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
My Body Is Ready Complete Boot Camp 5
It Takes Three To Make A Thing Go Right Complete an Act of Campaign in 3 player co-op 10
Jack of One Trade Complete an Act of the Campaign as playable Jack (any difficulty) 5
I Was Born In A Crossfire Hurricane Use Jack’s Flash ability to stun 3 enemies at once in Campaign 10
Back Atcha Get a kill with ricochet bullets using Jack’s Barrier Ability 10
Back On Your Feet, Soldier Use Jack’s Stim upgraded ability to revive a DBNO friendly in Campaign 10
Shock and Awe Use Jack’s Shock Trap ability to shock 6 enemies at once in Campaign 10
Seraninja Use Jack’s Cloak ability to cloak and execute 3 enemies before de-cloaking in Campaign 10
An Enemy Among Us Get a kill with a Hijacked Pouncer, Warden, Stump and Elite Hunter in Campaign 15
Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie Use Jack’s Fetch ability to acquire each Heavy Weapon in Campaign 10
Jack of All Trades Acquire all of Jack’s Ultimate upgrades in Campaign 25
JACKed Up! Fully upgrade Jack’s Abilities and Passives in Campaign 25
Relic Hunter Equip 3 Relic Weapons at one time in Campaign 10
Relics of the Past Kill an enemy with every Relic Weapon in Campaign 20
Not There To Buy A Timeshare Unlock during Act 1 of the Campaign 10
And… He’s All Yours Unlock during Act 1 of the Campaign 10
Now I Gotta Get Up Again Unlock during Act 1 of the Campaign 10
A Mouthful of Boom Unlock during Act 1 of the Campaign 10
It’s Time We Fight Them Together Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
Jameson Shipping Depot Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
That Old COG Technology Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
Let’s Get You Some Answers Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
We Need The Old Plan Unlock during Act 2 of the Campaign 10
Safe and Sound Unlock during Act 3 of the Campaign 10
Cutting It Close Unlock during Act 3 of the Campaign 10
Throw A Switch, See What Happens Unlock during Act 3 of the Campaign 10
Let’s Keep Pissin It Off! Unlock during Act 3 of the Campaign 10
Then We Watch Each Other’s Backs Unlock during Act 4 of the Campaign 10
You Know I Ain’t Going Out Like That Unlock during Act 4 of the Campaign 10
Discovered the True Threat To Sera Complete all Acts of the Campaign (Any Difficulty) 20
All Aboard The Crazy Train! Complete all Acts of the Campaign on Insane 25
It’s Not Hoarding If Your Stuff Is Cool Collect all Campaign Collectibles 15
Pennies from Heaven Scavenge supplies from all fallen Condors in Act 2 and 3 10

Escape and Map Builder Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
Pass The Soap Pass through a refuge shower with 3 Hivebusters in the same shower cubicle 5
Master Of My Domain Complete an Escape Hive on each difficulty 25
Who You Gonna Call? Hivebusters! Complete 5 Escape Hives as each one of Mac, Lahni and Keegan 10
The Three Musketeers Inflict 9000 damage in Escape while 3 Ultimate Abilities are active 15
On The Razor’s Edge Get 100 kills while inside Hivebuster Venom 10
Brought A Knife To A Gun Fight Complete an Escape Hive without firing a shot on Master Difficulty 25
Who’s Your Escape Main? Reach Character Level 15 with a launch Escape Character 10
Master Escape Artist Reach Character Level 15 with Mac, Lahni and Keegan 20
I Made It All By Myself Create and publish an Escape Hive 10
Homegrown Hive Complete a Featured community build Escape Hive 10

Horde Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Beat 50 Consecutive Waves of Horde (any difficulty) 25
Who’s Your Horde Main? Reach Character Level 15 with a launch Horde Character 10
Compulsive Horder Reach Character Level 15 with Kait, JD, Del, Marcus, Fahz and Jack 20
And I’ll Form The Head! Kill a Boss in Horde while all 5 players have active Ultimate Abilities 10
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle As Jack, convert one of each weapon to Power using the Forge in Horde 20
Withdrawal Symptoms As a team, collect Power from all 4 Power Taps within one wave of Horde 20
Perky’s Revenge Get a kill with 3 Perks active in Horde 10

Versus Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship Play a match of Arcade 5
One Sec, I’ll Be Right Back Switch characters in an Arcade match and kill an opponent who previously killed you 10
Where’s My Product Endorsement Deal? Win 5 matches of Arcade 10
My Place In The Machine Complete placement matches for a Ranked Playlist 5
Grind Season Win a Ranked Match in each week of a Ranked Season 25

Progression and Other Achievements

Name Description Gamerscore
Sire, Interrupted Kill a Sire while it’s kidnapping a teammate (any mode) 5
A Good Plan, Violently Executed Execute 100 Rejects (any mode) 15
You’ve Got A Friend In Me Make a new Ally in Gears Allies 5
Did We Just Become Best Friends? Reach Level 5 with an ally in Gears Allies 10
BFFs Complete a Versus match with a team of four Level 5 Gears Allies 15
Once More From The Top Re-Up! 20
One, Two, Three Sorties Complete all 3 Objectives for Tour of Duty in a day 5
Corporal Punishment Reach the rank of Corporal in a Tour of Duty 10
Sergeant at Arms Reach the rank of Sergeant in a Tour of Duty 15
LOOTenant Reach the rank of Lieutenant in a Tour of Duty 20
I’m The Captain Now Reach the rank of Captain in a Tour of Duty 25
Generally Awesome Reach the rank of General in a Tour of Duty 50
Seriously 5.0 – Chapter 1 Complete Insane Campaign, Master Horde & Escape Launch Maps & Characters, Get 20 Re-Ups and reach General in a Tour of Duty 100

Gears 5 is available fully localized (spoken language) in English, Mexican Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Korean and Traditional Chinese. In addition, it is localized (menus, subtitles) in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Polish, Russian and Turkish.

Gears 5 will release on September 10 for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC and Xbox Game Pass. Early access starts on September 6 for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members and Gears 5 Ultimate Edition purchasers. Pre-order details can be found on the Microsoft Store.