Gears 5 Developer Talks eSports Implementation, Wants It To be “More Watchable”

The Coalition’s Rod Fergusson says Gears 5’s multiplayer will take cue from the series’ roots.

Posted By | On 19th, Apr. 2019 Under News


The upcoming newest installment in the Gears of Wars series, Gears 5, seems like it could be coming soon, and is looking to bring some new things with it (and not just dropping part of the title, either). Part of that may also be the multiplayer, and Rod Fergusson, Studio Head at The Coalition, says the game will be looking to the series’ roots to improve the future.

In the latest episode of Inside Xbox, he talked about the intention behind the game’s multiplayer this time, hoping to emulate a lot of what the team learned on working on Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (a remaster of the first title that came out on Xbox One and PC) to make the game more entertaining and watchable for the eSports audience.

“When we started back with the Ultimate Edition and we started going back old school, because you remember what Gears 1 was like when there was not really a way to view it, there was no spectator camera,” said Fergusson. “It was really the old school of the old school.”

“We’ve been trying to improve that, and improve that, and improve that, and make it more playable, make it more watchable, you know those better camera controls,” Fergusson continued. “I think as you’ll see where we’ll get to Gears 5, and then as we go to continue to improve that … That’s one of the things I love about the games that have a life beyond launch now, it’s not all about what’s in the box, but it’s about where you take it after that too. That’s gonna be true for eSports and Gears 5 as well.”

You may not think of Gears of War in relation to eSports, but the game definitely has a presence, the versus multiplayer for Gears 5 will debut at the ELEAGUE Gears Summer Series June 14th. The game is announced for Xbox One and PC, but has no slated release date as of now.


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