Last year Microsoft showed off not one, but three Gears of War games. This year, only two were on stage with Gears Tactics being the noticeable absentee. But Microsoft says nothing bad has happened to Gears Tactics.
Speaking with Kotaku, Gears of War producer Rod Fergusson said that Tactics is still in development, and that Microsoft didn't want to overload Gears in this year's show. "Last year we wanted to really talk about all three games and show that Microsoft is tripling down on the Gears of War Franchise," Fergusson says. "But now that we've had that we're really trying to make sure it's not always this three-pack."
Gears Tactics will instead be shown later, perhaps closer to when Microsoft settles on a release window. After all, with Gears 5 launching in September, it's probably best to keep the road clear for the main entry into the Gears franchise.
Meanwhile, pre-registration for Gears Pop, a mobile Funko-themed Gears of War game for iOS and Android, is open now. This was the other Gears of War game announced at last year's E3, but something about it tells me Gears 5 is under no real threat of competition from this spinoff.
There's no word on when we'll hear about Gears Tactics just yet. Perhaps at this year's X0, Xbox fan festival in London, England?