Gears of War: E-Day: Expected Release Date, Platforms, Features & Trailers

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KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Gears of War: E-Day is a prequel set 14 years before the original game, exploring the legendary event when the Locust emerged.
  • The game brings back series protagonists Marcus Fenix and Dom (yes!), highlighting their brotherly bond during the first Locust invasion.
  • It will retain the core third-person shooting mechanics with an emphasis on cover, though new gameplay details are not yet revealed.
  • Gears of War: E-Day is expected to be released around 2026 on Xbox and PC via Game Pass.
  • Fans are excited to return to the series' darker roots and see Marcus and Dom back in action, though multiplayer details remain unknown.

Gears of War: E-Day will be the latest chapter in the brutal third-person shooter franchise that began on the Xbox 360 in 2006.

Where Halo held the crown as Xbox’s prestige FPS franchise, Gears set the standard for third-person shooters that no other game has quite matched.

With five mainline games and one spinoff, the lore of Gears has become as intimidating as an attack from the Locust.

But Gears of War: E-Day aims to solve that problem and remind all players why it is a force to be reckoned with. So rev up your lancers, hit your active reload, and slam into cover.

What is Gears of War: E-Day?

What is Gears of War: E-Day?

The Prologue to Many Gamer’s Favorite Xbox Franchise

Set 14 years before the events of the original Gears of War, Gears of War: E-Day is a prequel that explores a key event in the Gears timeline that no game has touched on.

E-Day is described in prior games as the day the underground Locust emerged and swiftly pushed humanity to the brink of extinction. Despite the moniker, the invasion of E-Day lasted more than a single day, and thus, the game will as well.

Speaking to GamesRadar+, creative director Matt Searcy states:

It’s not a day, it’s multiple days. But it is about the event — it’s about sticking with these characters from the moment, setting up the moment it happens, and being with them every minute through the days that play out in the city.

“And really experiencing it through their eyes, both what’s happening to them, and also what’s happening to the city around them, the people around them, the other characters.”

The characters he’s talking about will be the return of series protagonist Marcus Fenix and his companion from the original trilogy, Dom. This game will focus on these two establishing their brotherly bond we see in future games.

Gameplay-wise, we don’t know what’s new or changed, but it will certainly keep the core third-person shooting elements with a heavy emphasis on cover intact. Be ready to do a ton of roadie running, active reloading, and shotgunning monsters into bits.

When is Gears of War: E-Day Coming Out?

When is Gears of War: E-Day Coming Out?

Expected Release Window: 2025-2026

There is no confirmed release date, or even release window, for Gears of War: E-Day.

The smart money is on 2026 — but according to sources arriving via The Verge, the devs and publishers could be pushing forward for an E-Day launch in 2025.

Considering what we’ve seen and how long it takes games of this level of production to make — and that we are still at ‘first look’ status — don’t head down to the physical or virtual store just yet.

What Consoles/Platforms will Gears of War: E-Day be Available for?

Expected: XBox Exclusive, Followed by PC Release

The only platforms we can be confident Gears of War: E-Day will be available for right now is Xbox and PC via Game Pass. Gears has always been exclusive to Xbox, even before the IP was acquired, so it seems unlikely to show up on PlayStation.

That said, Xbox has been getting more bold with bringing exclusives to other platforms. It seems unthinkable now, but by the time Gears of War: E-Day comes out Xbox may have abandoned exclusives altogether.

Gears of War: E-Day Trailers

We only have a reveal trailer for Gears of War: E-Day so far, but it is a stunner. It is a cinematic scene of a young Marcus in a brutal, desperate fight against a single Locust. The two wrestle over a rifle until Marcus barely manages to turn it on the beast and blast its head off.

When the ground gives way, Marcus is saved by Dom and the two look out at a burning city under siege.

Is Gears of War: E-Day Gears 6?

A Prequel, Not a Sequel

No, Gears of War: E-Day is a prequel and will not continue the story where Gears 5 left off.

Gears 5 left players on a major cliffhanger, so fans are concerned that story thread will be abandoned. Thankfully, The Coalition fully intends to return to that story, stating:

“We’re not retreating from that storyline in any way. But in [this] moment, we had an opportunity to write our next step, and this one just felt too good to miss.”

Why Fans Are Excited

Is Gears of War: E-Day Gears 6?

The Gears of War trilogy on Xbox 360 was one of the most popular titles on the platform. The story, gameplay, and multiplayer were all instant classics and are still played today.

Gears 4 and 5 didn’t leave as strong an impact, in part because of the new characters and shifting the story; however, staying spoiler-free, they did end up in a fantastic place.

Still, nothing gets Gears fans more excited than seeing Marcus and Dom back in the spotlight. E-Day also looks to bring the game back to its darker and horror-tinged roots.

Obviously, many players are also eagerly awaiting the day they can rip their friends in half with a Lancer and test their teamwork in hoard mode.

Gears of War: E-Day Price

Expected: $70

No price was given for E-Day, but if it follows the current industry standard, then it should cost $70 at launch.

If you have Game Pass, however, it will be added to the service at no extra cost.

The Bottom Line

Gears of War: E-Day is taking the series back to its roots, literally and figuratively.

This will be the earliest game in the timeline and fans are pumped to see the classic duo of Marcus and Dom take the spotlight once again.

Besides the premise of the game being about the initial invasion by the Locust, we don’t know what to expect from the story, which is exciting in its own way.

Multiplayer is also a big question mark, but Gears has never had a dud in that department. All we can do now is wait for Gears of War: E-Day to make its own emergence day.

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