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Gears Tactics: what to know before starting

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In this article we will talk about what you need to know before starting to play Gears Tactics, the strategy of Gears of War

Gears Tactics is one turn-based strategy currently in development for PC and Xbox One. The title is part of the franchise of Gears of War and is set several years earlier than the first chapter of 2006. Given its belonging to one of the most loved series by all owners of a console Microsoft many fans are interested in the title, but many of them also harbor doubts.



This spinoff is part of a totally different genre from that of the main chapters and some players aren't sure what they're going to play. For this reason we have decided to write this article, in which we will tell you about what you need to know before you start playing Gears Tactics.

The birth of the project

We decided to start this article by talking about a very interesting thing that some players may not know, that is how Gears Tactics was born. Gears Tactics is currently under development by Splash Damage in collaboration with The Coalition and will be published by Microsoft. The two software houses already have a good experience behind it, since they collaborated in the realization of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and the multiplayer part of Gears of War 4 and 5.

Initially the title came announced by Microsoft at E3 2017, but for the next two years there has been no further news from him. During the The Game Awards del 2019 but it has finally arrived lannouncement of the official release date for PC, that is the 28 April 2020. During the announcement, the developers also stated that the title would be single player only and free of micro transactions, thus obtaining an excellent response from fans.



Gears Tactics developers wanted expand the catchment area of ​​the series and, given that the typical cover system of the series lends itself well to a strategy game, they have decided to focus on this genre. To approach this genre, the software houses have requested the help of 343 Industries, the company that developed Halo Wars, the strategic of Halo. Also, despite the fact that the genre and the name are really very similar, the developers have stated several times that Gears Tactics has nothing to do with Gears of War: Tactics, the previous project by epic Games now canceled.

Stand Out From The Crowd - Gears Tactics: What to Know Before You Begin

The Gears Tactics development team wanted the game to be faster than other titles of this genre, so as to best represent the spirit of the series. For this reason some specific mechanics have been implemented, such as the ability to perform three actions per character compared to the classic two.

The developers also had a desire to put one great emphasis on history, so a lot of resources have been invested in writing the plot, the characters and the creation of the cutscenes. Also, to better justify the concept of the game, the developers have decided to set the title in the past and to create a new protagonist who fits the story better.

The Beginning of the Story - Gears Tactics: What to Know Before You Begin

For many players, one of the main reasons to buy Gears Tactics is to know what got it all started the story of the first Gears of War. For this reason we have decided to talk to you in general about the plot of the game, but rest assured, we will not give you any kind of spoiler.



As we mentioned earlier, Gears Tactics is a prequel di Gears of War and it is set about twelve years before those events. The events of the game take place immediately afterwards the COG's use of the hammer of dawn to curb the advance of the locusts and sees a new character as the protagonist, Gabriel diaz. Gabriel is Kait Diaz's father, the protagonist of Gears 5, and in this title she will have the task of forming a special team. The team's goal will be to assassinate Ukkon, a locust scientist, before his soldiers wipe out the rest of humanity from the planet Sera.

The gameplay - Gears Tactics: what to know before starting

Now let's move on to the most important thing to know before starting to play Gears Tactics: the gameplay. The gameplay of Gears Tactics is very similar to that of the Xcom series, that is, a turn-based strategy with an overhead view. Each character is capable of performing different actions at each turn, such as going for cover, attacking, warning, or moving. In particular, the movement in Gears Tactics is handled in a very particular way, given that there is no grid but you can freely move around the map.


The campaign is divided into three acts and lasts approximately 40 hours. During the game you will have to face many different missions, each with its own goals to achieve. Sometimes you will simply have to defeat all the enemies, while at other times you will have to destroy all the holes from which the locusts spawn or fight against huge bosses. In addition, many missions offer secondary objectives to be completed and there are also real ones side quests. Moreover, once you have finished the campaign you will unlock the veteran mode, which will allow you to apply various difficulty modifiers to missions.


To complete these missions, you can rely on a large number of characters. Some of them will be very important and will play a role within the story while others will be procedurally generated. If you decide to play in Iron Man mode you will have to be very careful, since the soldiers generated randomly they will be able to die permanently. Each soldier can belong to one of five classes available and will have specific skills based on his role. In addition, there are also units called "hero"Who possess exclusive skills.

Soldiers can be customized within the Convoy, a mobile base of the forces of the COG. From here you can recruit new soldiers, modify their appearance, equipment, and even unlock new skills. Keeping your troops well equipped via the Convoy screens will be key to being able to defeat your opponents.

For humanity!

Thanks to this article, you are now aware of everything you need to know before you start playing Gears Tactics. If you are also interested in other information about the game, we recommend that you take a look at the others articles on our site, Such as list of goals or the class guide.

Gears Tactics sarà available for PC from April 28, 2020. If you are interested in staying up to date with all the news on the world of video games and much more, then continue to follow us here on Holygamerz.

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