Both The Coalition, developers of the Gears of War games, and Microsoft have announced that Gears 5 has officially gone gold.
In addition to the news that Gears 5 has gone gold, The Coalition confirmed that they would be attending Gamescom this year, showcasing Gears 5. The game will be featured at the event on August 19, 2019, when it is also expected that the developer will announce the date of the tech test for Gears 5’s Horde Mode.
When a game goes gold it means that development work on the code has finished. Now the code for Gears 5 will be sent to manufacturers in order for them to begin production of physical discs. Digital storefronts will also be preparing for the launch of Gears 5 in a similar way now that they have access to the final code.
Any work that The Coalition does on Gears 5 from now on will most-likely be released as a day one patch for the game. This could include bug fixes for issues that are found in the game between now and the release date. However, with a tech test on the way, The Coalition may also include new features for the game based on the feedback they get from players who take part in that test.
Rod Fergusson, Studio Head for The Coalition, thanked everybody who had worked on the game for getting it to this point just under a month ahead of the release date. He added that the studio’s mantra was what had driven the development of Gears 5 so far, ‘if you want to go far, go together’.
Gears 5 officially launches for Xbox One and PC on September 10, 2019. However, the game comes early to all Xbox Game Pass subscribers on September 6, 2019. The upcoming Horde Mode tech test will be freely available to all Xbox Game Pass subscribers, as well as everyone who has pre-ordered Gears 5. A Limited Edition Xbox One X bundle will be released the same day as the game.
Gears 5 is the latest release in the Gears of War franchise. Throughout the games players have followed the struggle between Humans and Locust, a race of mutated Humans who continue to war against the people who inadvertently created them.