Grab your Lancer, it’s time to suit up for another mission! UDON Entertainment, XBOX, and The Coalition are thrilled to announce the release of GEARS OF WAR: RETROSPECTIVE – THE FIRST TEN YEARS, an extensive history of the GEARS OF WAR franchise, in advance of the highly-anticipated 2019 release of GEARS 5.

With its acclaimed gameplay, intense characters, and visceral action, the award-winning GEARS OF WAR franchise helped define the modern shooter genre. Written by Arthur Gies, GEARS OF WAR: RETROSPECTIVE – THE FIRST TEN YEARS is a detailed look into the history of GEARS through the words of its developers, designers, and artists. Although it took six years to develop the first GEARS OF WAR, Gies says the team involved, “remembers it as one of the best experiences of their careers. It was a chance to make something they believed in, something they knew had moved the needle of the console business in profound ways in addition to being a great, new kind of game. It changed a lot of lives – those of the people who made it, and in many cases, the people who played it.”

The continued impact of the fans on the GEARS series is profoundly felt and appreciated by the creators of the series. Rod Fergusson, Studio Head at The Coalition says, “Every time I have the privilege of meeting GEARS fans, whether at an event signing posters or just walking through the airport, I am humbled by the stories of how much GEARS OF WAR means to them and how it’s impacted their lives. Besides being some escapist fun, I’m told how GEARS OF WAR helped people through hard times, created friendships, kept family members connected and even introduced them to their significant other.”

Fans of the series will not want to miss GEARS OF WAR: RETROSPECTIVE – THE FIRST TEN YEARS. With over 250 pages of commentary, concept art and key visuals, GEARS OF WAR: RETROSPECTIVE will also include all-new tribute artwork created specifically for the book, as well as a comic art gallery featuring some of the biggest names in the industry!

“Helping to create the “Gears of War” universe was one of the highlights of my career. So much so that all these years later, I still find inspiration looking through the pages of this book.”
– Chris Perna, Director of Art, Worldwide Studios at Epic Games

“People often ask me what it was like to work on Gears and finally I have an answer. Read this book.”
– Laura Fryer, executive producer, Microsoft Games Studios (Gears of War, Gears of War 2)

“A richly illustrated work bringing light and texture to game history in the 21st century.”
– Laine Nooney, Assistant Professor, New York University; computer and video game historian

“What made ‘Gears of War’ so beloved is the level of talent that came together across many diverse backgrounds. This is what’s best about the gaming space.”
– Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson

GEARS OF WAR: RETROSPECTIVE – THE FIRST TEN YEARS will be released on July 16, 2019 and is available for pre-order now.

GEARS OF WAR: RETROSPECTIVE
DETAILS: 256 pg, 8.25 x 11.25”, Full Color, Hardcover
MSRP: $49.99
RELEASE DATE: July 16, 2019
ISBN: 978-1772940985

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Grab your Lancer, it’s time to suit up for another mission! UDON Entertainment, XBOX, and The Coalition are thrilled to announce the release of GEARS OF WAR: RETROSPECTIVE - THE FIRST TEN YEARS, an extensive history of the GEARS OF WAR franchise, in advance of the highly-anticipated 2019 release...