The Coalition is one of Microsoft’s cornerstone studios, mainly responsible for the Gears of War franchise. With every new console iteration from Xbox, we have seen games from this studio push the limits and showcase new hardware. Gears 5 looked phenomenal on the last-gen Xbox consoles, and fans are waiting to see how far they can push with the Series X.
As we look to future games, we’re excited to start shifting our resources to next-gen development using Unreal Engine 5. Gears of War has always been at the front of Unreal Engine development – as a breakout 720p title for Xbox 360 through last year’s 120FPS multiplayer update for Xbox Series X|S – and we’re excited to continue that tradition by developing on UE5 for multiple new projects in the coming years.
Sadly, they will have to wait for a while as Coalition just announced their shift to the new Unreal Engine 5. According to their press release, the studio is in the process of shifting Next-Gen development to the new engine. Older titles like Gears 5 will continue to get new content as usual, but it will be a while before we hear anything about their next big project.
The Coalition is very experienced with the Unreal Engine, having used it for most of their projects. In fact, Microsoft acquired the studio from Epic, who are the people behind Unreal.
Unreal Engine 5 announced last year grabbed a lot of headlines, and rightly so. Epic released a real-time demo running on the PS5, and it was spectacular, showing people what next-gen consoles could eventually do. Given UE:5 is built keeping the next-gen in mind, it has many new additions like a fully dynamic global illumination solution and support for higher res textures. For those of you interested, this video from Digital Foundry digs deeper into the new additions.